You know you’ve seen them, clothespins covered in glitter, and you know you want them.
• Acrylic Paint in a shade close to your glitter tone, this doesn’t need to be a high quality paint.
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If working with more than one color at a time I suggest having a few sheets of wax paper and some water (to clean your paintbrush) handy. The separate sheets will keep the colors from getting on one another.
Step One: Applying Acrylic Paint to the Clothespin
The thing that I think is most important in making your clothespins is to make all the sides that show pretty. That means painting the entire clothespin.
So start with the top, make sure to get the top edges.
Step 2: Allow time for the clothespins to dry completely
You want to use a fairly clean sheet of wax paper; anything built up on the sheet will stick to the wet paint. You also don’t want the clothespins soaking with paint. They should have a nice coating but not be dripping anywhere. Remember this is going to be coved up, I do this step to add depth to the areas that get glittered and to clover up the boring wood on the parts that don’t get glittered.
I’ve also cut smaller strips of wax paper and continue to have the clothespins clipped to them. Since we are working with glue it is now more important than ever that the clothespins not end up glued shut.
Step 4: Applying Glitter
Allow time for the glue to dry.
Step 5: Glitter the sides
Following the same procedure as step 4, apply glue to the sides of your clothespin and then sprinkle with glitter.
It is especially important during this step that you don’t get glue on the top or inside the clothespin. If some of the glue does get on the top (already glittered portion) or inside, wipe it off as best you can.
Allow time to dry.
Step 6: Sealing the Glitter
Apply a thin, even coat of glue to all the areas with glitter. If you use Mod Podge it will be easy to tell where you have the glue since it is white (unless you are making white glitter clothespins).
Allow time to dry completely.
You can purchase magnet strips at most craft stores. I’ve found that even the strip ones are a little to wide for the clothespins so I cut mine. Using a sharp pair of scissors trim the magnet to the desired size.
Affix the magnet to the back of the clothespin and allow time to dry.
All Done and Ready to be used!
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