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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Okay, back to lockers and this cute, 10 minute project to make them cute!
For this project you will need:
- Decoupage medium & paintbrush
- Wood clothespins
- Craft knife
- Paper scraps (yay recycling!)
- Adhesive magnetic sheet
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!
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 :)
Place the clothespin face down onto the back side of the pretty paper.
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.
Let your pins dry face down few a few minutes.
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!
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 :)
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.
Peel the protective paper and place the magnet onto the back of the clothespin and this little guy is done!
I figure a good set would be a good half a dozen…
…but feel free to make lots more because they aren’t just amazing for lockers, they’re fab on the fridge, too!
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!
And don’t forget to visit DonorsChoose.org to support the Green Your School Fund!
Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website