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Clothespin Photo-Hangers

Clothespins can be used to organize and hang papers, photos, and cards when they're turned into refrigerator magnets.


  • Wooden clothespins
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic pant
  • Paintbrush
  • Small magnets
  • Multipurpose cement


  1. Step 1

    Remove the springs from wooden clothespins, and lightly sand wood with sandpaper. Coat with acrylic paint; let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Reattach springs, and affix a small magnet to 1 side of each pin with multipurpose cement.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2008

Reviews (8)

  • 13 Sep, 2009

    I have to agree with Nancy....just paint around the spring!

  • 5 Sep, 2008

    Hi Jacky B--
    I always have to use a tool like a screwdriver to pry the arm of the spring up and force the wood back under it.

  • 5 Sep, 2008

    I wouldn't take the spring off; just paint around it. I know I could never put it back together! I love the idea of labeling them. (I have found that labeling is the ONLY way things have a chance of getting put back in the right place.)

  • 17 Jul, 2008

    ok - i can get the spring off - how do you get it back on?

  • 15 Jul, 2008

    These ARE cute! You could stamp the days of the week on them, or people's initials, or messages like PAID, DUE, TO DO, DONE--the mind boggles! I too shall rush out and get the supplies! (I will most definately paint mine, though. Think of all of the great colours you could have!)

  • 19 Apr, 2008

    You can also add tiny details to the clips. I painted flowwers and squiggly lines on mine. I gave them as gifts for my sister's birthday as well as a couple of friends. I am helping to plan my friends wedding and am thinking this might be a good idea for shower favors!

  • 16 Apr, 2008

    I also use the plain pinch clothespins - unpainted to use as closers for chip bags, candy bags,french fry bags,etc. It is easy cheap and they don't break . For this project I would use the plastic colored pins. No painting,sanding, and are light weight.

  • 16 Apr, 2008

    This sounds like an awesome project for Mother's day for my daughter's students and my grandchildren. Can't wait to get to the store for pins and magnets.