Embellished Clothespin Magnets- Teacher Appreciation Gift

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Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I’ve got a few crafty AND budget friendly projects  up my sleeve that you can make for your little one’s teacher!

Aren’t these magnets  just rockin’? These are very playful and fun. Perfect for a preschool, Mother’s Day Out or elementary school teacher. (I also have a more feminine and girly version I will share later.) It is truly amazing the crafts you can create with scrapbook supplies, which is exactly what I have done here.

You will need:

  • 1 sheet of scrapbook paper- there are many themed papers available.   For this version I chose a preschool themed sheet.
  • clothespins
  • Mod Podge
  • sponge brush for applying Mod Podge
  • 1 small magnet for each clothespin
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • scrapbook embellishment aliened with your theme (I used school related embellishments: pencil, apple, bus, etc.)


How to Make Clothespin Magnets:

Trace and outline of your clothespins on the scrapbook paper.


Carefully cut your tracings out with scissors.


Pour up some Mod Podge and dip your sponge brush in it.


Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the surface of the clothespin.


Place one of your scrapbook tracings on top of the Mod Podge covered clothespin and apply a layer of Mod Podge over the scrapbook paper.

Allow it to dry 100% (thirty minutes to an hour). The Mod Podge will dry clear, although you can purchase Mod Podge that is shimmery, glossy, matte, opaque., etc.


Once dry, use your hot glue gun to apply a small magnet to the back side of the clothespin.  


Gather your embellishments.


Apply your embellishment to the front of the clothespin using your hot glue gun.

*Remember to pull off any of the hot glue strands left behind or hanging from the clothespins. I see a few in the above photograph.


And your all done! What teacher would not love to receive a set of these fun handmade magnets? Easy to make, hua? Gift bag them up with some tissue paper and your teacher will be ever so grateful.

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  1. These are adorable…makes me want to decorate my own clothespins!

    1. Lindsay- sure beats an apple. That is so funny!!!

      Thanks for making me laugh. 🙂

  2. That is way too cute!!!

  3. Wow! Those are so cute. Love anything with Mod Podge. It brings back some great memories.

  4. Shanaka @ Mama Bee Does says:

    Those are a great idea. I’ll have to try my hand at some of these before school lets out as a thank you for our Kindergarten teacher.

  5. These are so sweet! I love the embellishments that you added to kick them up a notch.

    I’m a teacher and can definitely say that I would be thrilled to receive such a cute, handmade gift! Your boys’ teachers are very lucky : )

    1. Awe, thank you Claire. I made these last year and their preschool teachers loved them.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts. Hope to see you around Crystal & Co., again soon! 🙂

  6. What a fun teacher gift! I’ve been brainstorming over what to give my kids’ teachers. They’re both men! Food probably! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  7. Mixed Kreations says:

    These are so cute. What teacher wouldn’t love to get one of these. These would make a great gift for mom to, just change the theme. Great to hang art from on your refrigerator. Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a great idea! Unique, too. And can be clipped to a back of snacks, too.

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