Embellished Clothes Pins

Teacher gifts can get expensive, especially when you have 3 children and each has several teachers and classroom aides.  Last school year I decided to make my own teacher gifts.  I designed these embellished clothes pins and gave each teacher about 10 of them.  I packaged them in festive mason jars with straw lids.  I loved them so much that I had to make a few for myself as well.

I used my Cricut machine to cut card stock in several shapes for the paper embellishments.  I bought patterned scrapbook paper to line the clothes pins with.  This was the most tedious part.  I had to trace the shape of the clothes pin on the back of the scrapbook paper and cut them out using my small paper cutter.  I then used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the clothespin.  After they were dry, I used an exacto knife to trim the excess off of the edges.  Then I painted a coat of Mod Podge over the surface of the paper to seal them in.  I bought a package of tiny buttons and a sheet of glittery rhinestone stickers at Michael’s to use in the center of the embellishments.  Tacky glue worked perfectly to hold all of the tiny pieces together to form each decorated clothespin.

These gifts can be used in the classroom or in the home and will certainly add a pop of color to whatever they are holding in place.  IMG_8675IMG_8668IMG_8669

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