Pretty Patterned Magnetic Clothespins – Back to School Locker Organization! #GreenSchoolFund

August 31, 2017Allison Murray

This is a sponsored post brought to you from Tom’s of Maine through my participation in the Tom’s of Maine Goodness Circle. I was provided product and compensation. All thoughts, opinions and super cute puppy friends are my own.

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!
Getting ready for going back to school went down like this… The oldest so wasn’t feeling back to school so much but the youngest one was super excited about all of it. This year is the first year he’s going to have a locker, after all, and that, in and of itself, is cause for celebration! 

He was excited about enrollment and picking out new clothes and pencils and all of that good stuff that is pretty standard. Now what isn’t standard is the little light up disco ball I sent him for his first ever locker. You see, this kid is his own person, man, and he likes tacky like I like tacky. So when I saw this sucker and wished I had a locker to put it in, I just had to pop it in my cart and send it up to Oklahoma to him.

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

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This whole disco ball business was neat, for sure, but not necessarily helpful. So I decided to work up something to make that would not only add to the ambiance of new metal home for all of his books (and please, all that is holy, please help him not forget food in there – gross!) but also be helpful. And so today we’re making some pretty patterned magnetic clothespins perfect for back to school.

Which reminds me… Have you heard about the Green Your School Fund?

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!Tom’s of Maine,  who makes lots of fab personal items from toothpaste, to deodorant to just about everything in between for babies up through adults, and who I’m lucky to have partnered with for 2017 in their Goodness Circle, and DonorsChoose.org are working together to give 1 Million Dollars to schools to support programs and education to over 300,000 students that is supportive of taking care of our environment.

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

Now where do you come in for all of this? Tell your teachers! By visiting www.GreenSchoolFund.com and submitting ideas for creative environmental education projects (think learning about recycling by making a craft out of recycled goods, for example). Then you can help further by heading over to DonorsChoose.org to select your favorite programs to support. In all of this, Tom’s of Maine is going to match every single donation made for the projects that qualify. Cool, right?

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

Okay, back to lockers and this cute, 10 minute project to make them cute!

For this project you will need:

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

Even if you just barely paper craft I bet you a million bucks you still have a box of paper scraps, am I right? Let the kiddos go through and pick their favorite prints and patterns and let’s get started!

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

Brush a thin, even layer of decoupage medium onto only the top side of your clothespin. This isn’t thin or even. It’s just so you can see it’s actually there :)

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

Place the clothespin face down onto the back side of the pretty paper.

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

Rub the paper to push it onto the surface really well. You can optionally trim down any excess paper. This is really only helpful if you have a limited work surface like I do.

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

Let your pins dry face down few a few minutes.

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

Using a craft knife with a sharp blade, slide tool around each pin to remove the excess paper. There is a bit of a learning curve for cutting around the hinge part well, but it doesn’t take long!

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

Seal the edges and prevent fraying or peeling away by applying a small amount of decoupage medium around those edges, rubbing it in and pushing the paper down where needed. Again, this is way too much but for the sake of photos :)

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

Cut thin strips of adhesive magentic sheet that will easily fit on the back of your pins without being visible from the front. Trim the strips into pieces slightly shorter than the length of your wooden pins.

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

Peel the protective paper and place the magnet onto the back of the clothespin and this little guy is done!

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

I figure a good set would be a good half a dozen… 

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

…but feel free to make lots more because they aren’t just amazing for lockers, they’re fab on the fridge, too!

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

And the fridge is the perfect place to use them for little notes to help keep the kiddos on the ol’ straight and narrow with reminders for things like brushing their teeth with their natural Tom’s of Maine Wicked Cool Fluoride Toothpaste!

The kids are going to love these simple, pretty magnetic clothespins that only take 10 minutes to make! They're perfect to hang pics and keep up with cords in lockers, perfect for back to school!

And don’t forget to visit DonorsChoose.org to support the Green Your School Fund!

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Comments (2)

  • Mike

    September 10, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Yay for back to school! And yay that your little nephew finally will get his own locker! He’s so lucky. For most of my school experience, I had to share a locker. And let me tell you that many of my locker partners were NOT “neat freaks” like me. ;)

    This craft is so cute, Allison! These would be great for my little workspace that I have. They would certainly brighten it up! :)

  • Isadora Guidoni

    September 12, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    These are so pretty! I use clothespins surprisingly a lot, it’s pretty much an essential around here.

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