Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

Need an idea for your secret pal's next gift? Here you go!

Magnetic Clothes Pin Clips Make an Easy DIY #SecretPal #Gift @ #edchat

on July 5, 2015
Image of flat wooden Christmas tree cut-outs glued to clothespins to form a clamp

Image: iClipart

Clothes pins are an inexpensive thing to buy at your local five and dime (or dollar store), and they’re so easy to decorate. Attach a piece of magnetic strip to one side, and you’ve got a decorative refrigerator magnet that holds paper notes and reminders.

What does your Secret Pal really love? Golf? Horses? Hershey’s Kisses? Slap a little paint on a clothespin and attach photographic images, clipart images, or three-dimensional representations of whatever your Secret Pal collects to the side of the clothespins opposite the magnet. Voila! It’s a clever little creation you can make in no time at all.

Here’s a list of objects you could use to decorate your magnetic clothes pins:


  • ribbons, buttons, and lace (for someone who sews)
  • pages from a book cut into shapes (for a librarian)
  • paint the clothespin like camouflage and attach a plastic green army guy toy (for veterans or National Guards)
  • stickers representing a person’s alma mater
  • doll-sized kitchen utensils (for someone who loves to cook)
  • colorful Washi Tape for a generic gift
  • silk flowers or fake plants (for a gardener or florist)
  • felt stuffed animals (for a veterinarian or daycare provider)

Didn’t find what you wanted in that list? Try looking in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store for small paper objects that can easily be attached to the clothespins. Your dollar store may also have some miniature goodies in the birthday decorations section, as well as the toys.

It’s also nice if you attach the clothespins to a cute little poem:

To your fridge

Attach this pin

Open its jaw

To stick messages in

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