The past few years, I've made something small as a "welcome back to school" gift for my teachers. Two years ago, I made Rollo pencils, and last year, I made flower pens. This year, I went for something easy and useful! Decorated clothespins with thumbtacks on the back!
They're so easy to make, too. I made a couple hundred- enough for all of our faculty and then some - in just a couple hours. Basically, my husband told me, "You should really watch that last Wolverine movie. It was really good," and I watched it with one eye while doing this will all the rest of me.
I started out with a ton of clothespins and some washi tape. I went a little crazy here and chose waaaaay too many styles. Couldn't help myself. Tape across the top of each clothespin and tear off the tape after the edge.
Then I flipped them over and used scissors to snip off any excess. Some tape is exactly a clothespin
s width, so it fits beautifully! And some tape has to be trimmed not only at the ends, but along the sides as well.
Then I glued a thumbtack to the back of each with a glue gun and cut a million little cardstock cards in a few different complimentary colors. I clipped three clothespins to each card.
After that, I used a permanent silver marker to write a little signature and I was all done!