How to Make Decorative Clothespins
DIY Embellished Clothepins...
This is a simple tutorial showing how to make embellished clothespins or pegs as some people call them. I see these quite often on craft blogs and recently, I saw several sets of them for sale on Etsy so they are quite popular there as well. These adorable embellished clothespins can be used lots of different ways. Some people clip them on a wire and make a wreath out of them, I've seen them used as Christmas cards holders, etc. I like putting those small round silver magnets on the backs of them and using them to hold important notes, coupons and things like that on my refrigerator but there are tons of other uses for them. Be sure to have a look at the list of ideas at the end of the hub.
- Plain Clothespins
- Scrapbook Paper or Decorative paper
- Rhinestone/jewel or gem
- Scissors or Exacto blade
- Ruler or Pencil for tracing
- Mod Podge
- Acrylic Paint (optional)
- Small round neo magnets (optional)
Take apart the clothespin where you have just the wooden pieces and set the metal parts aside. Paint all the wooden parts of the clothespin the color of your choice. I use either Folkart acryclic paints or Apple barrel. The both work really well. Once you have your wooden parts painted, let dry. When the parts are completely dry, put the clothespins back together.
If you opted not to paint your clothespins go on down to step 2.
It's time to add the scrapbook paper or paper of your choice. You can either use a ruler to measure your clothespin and cut out that measurement with a ruler an exacto blade (mine was 8cm by 8mm) or the easy way is to just trace around your clothespin and then cut out your tracing.
Put mod podge on the back of your strip of decorative paper and adhere it to the clothespin making sure it's adhered evenly and making sure the edges are all stuck down. Then apply a coat of mod podge over the top of the paper. This will seal it and help protect it. If you painted your clothespin, it is a good idea to go over the entire clothespin with Mod Podge. This will seal the paint and keep it from chipping and scuffing off over time. Let clothespins dry.
Tie a small bow from some ribbon and glue the bow onto the clothespin. Then take a rhinestone or gem and glue it to the middle of the bow. If you choose to add magnets on the backs, one or two small silver magnets glued on the back should do the trick. Now you are all done!
Just a few more things before I end this hub. There are TONS of ways you can embellish these clothespins. Mine are only decorated on one side but you could do both sides if you choose. You can use fabric, wrapping paper or your own artwork instead of scrapbook paper. You can use buttons, fabric flowers, felt, multiple gemstones, seed beads, bottle caps, sequins etc.. The sky is limit with these!
Ideas For Using Embellished Clothespins:
- Attach a magnet to the back and put on a magnetic bulletin board or the refrigerator to hold photo's, kids artwork or important notes.
- Use as a gift bag topper for special occasions.. Glue on a heart for Valentine's Day and give with a sack of chocolates or use as a clip for a bag of party favors!
- String a piece of jute across a wall and use to hold greeting cards, photo's, artwork, etc. This would be great idea for a kids room!
- Use it to embellish gift wrap by adding a gift tag and clipping it to the middle of a bow or onto the ribbon that is wrapped around the gift
- Glue them spaced apart on a long thin piece of wood (like a yardstick) and use as a holder for artwork, photo's etc..
- Use them in the kitchen as clips for chips, nuts, etc.
- Embellish with a gift tag, clip it to the edge of a potted plant or flowers. What a cute gift!
- Embellish for Christmas and use them on a wire across a mantel to hold Christmas stockings or Christmas cards
- Add names and use as place holders around the table for a dinner party or use as place holders for a kids birthday party and send home as party favors
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to make embellished or decorative clothespins :) Have fun!