Every year since my husband and I got married, we’ve been sending out Christmas cards to family and friends. It’s such a fun time of year and I love going out to my mailbox and seeing a Christmas card. We display them in our home all month (and sometimes into January) and I figure that many of you do the same, so I’m sharing these sweet and simple DIY magnetic glitter clips with you today!
As silly as it might sound, one of things I wanted to make sure we had when we moved into our home a few years ago was a refrigerator that I could stick magnets to. I love putting up pictures, random artwork from my kids, event reminders and even our meal planning calendar! One (okay, two) of the biggest reasons why I love using these magnetic clips on my fridge–the magnets are much more heavy duty and the clips can hold thick or bulky items! Seriously, isn’t that one of the biggest complaints you have about magnets? I can’t be alone in this. *wink*
To make your own magnetic clips, you just need a few basic supplies:
- 1/2″ or 1″ strong circular magnets
- washi tape (any color or pattern)
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- nail file
First, grab your clothespin and washi tape. Measure out a piece of washi tape long enough to cover the flat part on the front (about 3″) and cut it off. Line up the top edge and one side of the tape with the top and side of the clothespin. This will leave you with some extra washi on one side of the clothespin and maybe a little at the end. Use your scissors to cut the extra washi as close to the edge of the clothespin as possible. Then use the nail file along all the edges to make sure there isn’t any extra hanging off anywhere and then pull off the excess. This creates a nice clean edge. Repeat these steps for each of your clothespins.
Next, plug in your glue gun. Turn the clothespin over and place a small glob of glue on the back right over the top of the metal. Then put the magnet on top and press down for a few seconds until the glue has cooled. If there’s any excess glue that’s squeezed out the sides, just scrape it off with your fingernail before it’s completely cool.
And that’s it! You can use your new decked out clothespins right away. As I mentioned, I have some on my fridge, but if you have a cute magnetic board or chalkboard, you could easily stick them there. I’m excited to display some of our Christmas cards using these sparkly clips!
A few other ideas for these clips would include:
- a simple craft at a baby shower or bridal shower
- a birthday party take home activity/craft
- small gifts for your kids to give their friends (would also be cute in a locker)
- hold up bags for advent calendar
- neighbor gifts with a cute printable
What would you use your clips for?