Crackle Clothes Pin Magnets | DIY

A few months ago, I moved into a new space at Southern Antiques and Accents. The new one is more vertical, and I didn't have many ways to add height to my display. The revelation that the tin on the back of the shelves is magnetic was just the inspiration I needed.

The shop's owner suggested some kind of clip. It didn't take me long to come up with this idea. (I apologize for the darkness of the photos.)

Start with plain ole wooden clothes pins.

Place your clothes pins in a small box, making sure all holes are covered. Gather spray inks.

Spray the pins with one or two of the inks.

Use a paper towel to spread the ink over the pins.

Cover the pins with a thin layer of gesso and allow it to dry.

Coat the front/top of the clothes pins with Distress crackle.

Give the crackle plenty of time to dry to reveal the cracks.

Using a cosmetic sponge, blot ink from an ink pad into the cracks.
Again, make sure the crackle paint is dry or you could have the smudgy disaster in the bottom pin.
With E6000 glue, adhere button magnets to the back of the crackled pins.

Let them dry, and stick them up wherever needed. 

Here's how mine ended up looking in one of the spots of the booth.

And, because I do love me some crackle. . .

And, because I can't be crafty without making a mess. . .

You may not have a booth, but these would work well on your fridge, in a locker, on a magnetic bulletin board, or anywhere you can get a magnet to stick.

If you want to see them in person, head over to Southern Antiques and Accents in Fairhope. If you won't be in Fairhope anytime soon, make sure to like the Southern Antiques and Accents Facebook Page to keep up with what's new there. 


  1. I need to get over see these in person! I use clothes pins for everything and think yours look great!

  2. I love the idea! I have a file cabinet that I could stick things up on.

  3. Such a great idea, also for shows, where one can use a white magnetic board or something! I'll take a note of it, very useful :)

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks Jenna! I had a ton of fun making these. I do love to get my hands messy! ;)


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