Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chalkboard Clothespins

I have been looking for new and creative ideas for displaying student work in my classroom. I had decided to put up a couple clotheslines this year. Then, I discovered Chalkboard Clothespins on Pinterest {where else?!} and decided to create some of my own.

To make them I used 2 packs of clothespins and 2 pieces of balsa wood (I would have preferred to use something a bit sturdier, but I needed something I could cut).
 I cut the balsa wood into 2-inch pieces:
Then I spray-painted the pieces with chalkboard paint. When they dried, I used a stencil and traced it onto each one using a white paint marker:
I painted the clothespins to match the colors in the room:
Last, I used a glue gun to attach the chalkboard pieces to the clothespins:
I can't wait to see how these look in my classroom!!!

36 comments:

  1. Love, love, love this adorable idea! Where did you find the stencil? If you have it saved to your computer would you mind emailing it to me? I cant wait to make some for my classroom! Thanks for the fabulous idea!

    Thinkpink_247@yahoo.com

    http://fabulousandfun.blogspot.com/

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  2. Every one of the previous commenters said exactly what I was going to comment!

    I am going to "attempt" to copy you! These are so stinkin' cute!

    2ndgradeponderings.blogspot.com

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  3. I love these! You must share how they look hanging in your classroom! Darling!
    Thanks!

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  4. OM~gosh I want those to just pin around my house they are soooo cute!
    littlemisskindergarten.blogspot.com

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  5. I absolutely love these and must make them for my classroom now!! Where do you plan to hang them?

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  6. WOW - ADORABLE and SUPER CREATIVE!!!
    =)Beth
    http://inspiredwritingteacher.blogspot.com/

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  7. ADORABLE! I think I'll have to make some of my own for my own clothesline! Did you spraypaint the clothespins?

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  8. Great idea! I am a new follower!

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  9. These sooooo match my new classroom decor:))

    4th Grade Frolics

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  10. So adorable- I may have to try these! :)

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  11. Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful comments. To answer some of your questions...

    Tonya, I tried making a stencil on the computer, but ended up hand-drawing it. So sorry!

    Kathleen- I hand-painted the clothespins

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  12. Awesome idea! Thank you for sharing ^_^

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  13. I love love this!! I just pinned it and now follow your blog.
    Erica Bohrer's First Grade

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  14. I love this Idea. I so want to do something similar for my kiddos!

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  15. Oh Yeah! I "Pinned" this excellent goodie from another "Pinner" just the other day! So Cool! I should have popped over to your blog then, duh because you my dear have some awesome ideas!
    Well, I am a follower now AND I'm also following your Create*Teach*Share blog as well! I didn't realize you were the same person!;)

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  16. I just started to make these today. I hope they turn out as cute as yours!

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  17. Downright phenomenal! Awesome! I may try making something like these. - Victoria :)

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  18. Cute cute cute! This is such a silly/amateur question, but how did you cut the Balsa wood?

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  19. ADORE! Now I can display my children's art and customize colors!! TOO CUTE!! I used to be a school teacher too and now have 2 little ones! Love to add a few "classroom touches" to our home! Thank you!

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  20. Wow! So adorable and a special way to announce the kiddo's work!! I am making these this weekend! Thank you so much for creating and sharing this.

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  21. hello Rebecca, I love your clothespin, they came out awesome.. I featured your project in the chalkboard crafts on my blog.. come check yourself and some other good ideas.. :) I would appreciate you linking back or having the featured button somewhere on your blog..
    Thanks
    Hani
    http://craftionary.blogspot.com/2011/01/wednesday-wordplay-chalkboard-crafts.html

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  22. OMG! You have inspired me to make a set for my class. I love the idea!!


    Color Me Kinder

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  23. I found this goodie on Pinterest :) It will be one of my summer projects for sure! I'm going to add a tack to the back so I can put it on my Scholarly Work wall. Thanks for the idea!

    Summyr
    The Teachaholic

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  24. Hey, I love this idea. However, I was wondering how you were going to hang these in your classroom. Will you be gluing them up or using a different method?
    Thanks!

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    1. I hung them from a clothes line. It worked perfectly!!

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  25. Completely making these for my kiddos! Amazing idea!

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  26. What did you use to cut the balsa wood? Scissors? Box cutter?

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    1. I used scissors! It was very easy and simple!

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  27. I am obsessed! Do you know the measurements of the balsa wood? Thanks so much!

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  28. Hi Rebecca,
    Thanks for sharing this awesome idea! Made mine today! My husband cut the balsa with his mat cutter, and I spray painted my clothespins. What kind of clothesline did you use in your class? YOU are such an inspiration!!

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