Magnet Clothespins


Ah, clothespins…what teacher doesn’t have a good stash of them in her cabinets?!  I’ve used them for so many different things in the classroom.  When I had a “stoplight” behavior chart, I wrote the kids’ names on them and had them move the clips between colors.  When I taught PreK, I wrote letters on clothespins and had the kids match them to their name in print.  The uses are endless!!

This year, I came up with a new use for my beloved clothespins – as magnets!  My theme colors for my classroom this year are navy, lime green, and teal, and at the beginning of the year, I was kind of fixated on having everything match.  Can you relate? 🙂  I wanted some magnets that I could use to hang up no-name papers and other things on our white boards (which are magnetic).  So I made these:

I started by buying scrapbooking paper that matched my classroom theme.  I cut small strips and used Mod Podge to glue them to one side of the clothespin.

Then, I glued the magnet strip on the other side.  You can really use whatever kind of magnet you like – I used these magnets that were supposed to be for business cards.  They had adhesive on one side, so I just cut the strips down to size and then stuck them on the back of each clothespin.  Voila!  Instant magnet.

I also used some of the clothespins for my bulletin boards, which I’ll blog more about someday.  To make bulletin board clips, I did the same thing with the scrapbook paper, but I glued a thumb tack on the other side of the clothespin so it would stick onto a bulletin board.

I was happy with how these turned out, and they’ve held up really well so far this year.  I sure do love a good clothespin!!


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9 years ago

Thank you for this wonderful idea! The clothes pins turned out great! Mine are in brights (hot pink, lime green, and bright blue).


I’m Alison, a literacy specialist. I love getting kids excited about reading and writing – and sharing teaching ideas with other teachers!

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