Saturday, September 15, 2012

Seasonal magnetic chip clip

If you are like me, whenever you have an open snack food bag you are always looking for a clip to keep it fresh.  You know you have them but you just can’t seem to find one.  I think they grow legs and walk away. These magnetic chip clips will stay put right on the fridge until you are ready to use them. The extra benefit to these easy to create chip clips is that they make a great seasonal decoration on your fridge as well. 

You will need:

Spring type clothespins

Adhesive backed seasonal felt motifs (available in craft stores and online)

Acrylic paint in a color to match your motif

Masking tape or double-faced tape

Small paintbrush

Roll of magnetic tape with adhesive backing (or be green and use a recycled advertising magnet cut to size!)

Glue gun and glue sticks

Cardboard from a cereal box or similar product


1.     Protect your work surface with a cardboard scrap.  Tape a clothespin down with masking or double-faced tape and paint it with a corresponding color acrylic paint.  When one side is dry, paint the other side as well.  Let dry. 

2.     While you are waiting for your paint to dry, turn your motif over and trace it onto a piece of cardboard.  (Make sure that when you attach the motif the back is the unprinted side of the cardboard.)  Cut out the cardboard piece.

3.     Line up the cardboard piece with your felt motif, peel off the backing paper and attach to the painted clothespin. Trim off any excess felt or cardboard as needed.

4.     Cut a 2 ½” strip of magnetic tape and remove the backing paper.  Run a bead of hot glue down the back of the clothespin and attach the magnetic strip. 

5.     Turn the clothespin over, add a bit of hot glue on the front of the clothespin and attach your prepared motif.

Note: Don’t stop here though!  There are all sorts of seasonal felt stickers that you can use to make clips for any season of the year.

I'm going on vacation for a week starting tomorrow and although I will take my computer with me and will post  a new project on Wednesday, I may not be able to comment on your awesome blogs till I get back.  Have a great week everyone!!

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  1. Now why didn't I think of this? Great idea Crystal.

  2. What a fun and functional craft. Your blog is wonderful. I am a new follower from the 300 blog hop. Have a great weekend.

  3. These are cute! :)
    I made hand painted magnetic kitchen clothespins over 20 years ago that are still on my refrigerator. I have used them for closing bags and holding notes and recipes and coupons--all kinds of uses.
    These are great!

  4. Oh, I am going to make some of these! The only problem is, I usually eat all the chips! LOL!

  5. These are super cute! So many options for the different seasons.

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  7. these are such cute fall fridge magnets


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