These simple magnets are a fun way to add some personality to your refrigerator while displaying notes, artwork and photos.

All of these supplies I found at Walmart, where the prices are competitive. You can also get these at Michaels and A.C. Moore. Natalie Davis photo



  • Wooden Clothespins
  • Multi-Colored Pom Poms
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Googly Eyes
  • Craft Foam Sheets
  • Adhesive Magnetic Strips
  • Hot Glue Gun or Tacky Glue
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Rinse Cup


Step 1: First decide what kind of critter you would like to create. (There are many ideas on Pinterest.)

Step 2: Paint the clothespins the color you want the bases of your critters to be and let them dry. Tip: You can use an extra clothespin to hold the one you are painting. This is a great way to protect your hands from getting painted.

Step 3: In one instance, I painted my clothespin green to make a caterpillar. I used one large pom pom for the head and three medium-sized pom poms for the body. I glued them to the clothespin and added googly eyes. Let the glue dry. (You can experiment with different sizes of pom poms and eyes.)

Step 4: In another example, I used a yellow painted clothespin as the base for an inchworm. To achieve the effect, take two yellow pipe cleaners and twist them together (4a). Then take two orange pipe cleaners and twist them together. Finally, twist your orange and yellow twists together.

Glue one end of your twist to the clothespin and let it dry. (This will make the next part easier.)

Once your first end is glued and dry, bend the pipe cleaners to make a slope, to look like an inchworm crawling (4b). Glue the second end down and let it dry.

Add googly eyes and a pom pom for hair and let dry again.

Step 5: Once all of your glue is dry, take one of your adhesive magnet strips and affix it to the underside of each critter. Then you’re done!

Step 6: Now that you are an expert clothespin critter magnet maker, experiment and come up with some designs of your own like this rainbow critter!



Natalie Davis is an artist and educator teaching enrichment in the Syracuse City School District. She lives with her family in Jordan.

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