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How to Make Decorative Clothespins

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Embellished clothespins

Embellished clothespins

DIY Embellished Clothespins

Don't miss out on this cute craft trend!

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.

How to Use Decorative Clothespins

These adorable embellished clothespins can be used in a lot of different ways. Some people clip them on a wire and make a wreath out of them, I've seen them used as Christmas card holders, etc. I like putting those small round silver magnets on their backs 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 article.


  • Plain clothespins
  • Scrapbook paper or decorative paper
  • Ribbon
  • Rhinestone/jewel or gem
  • Scissors or Exacto blade
  • Ruler or pencil for tracing
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic paint (optional)
  • Small round neo magnets (optional)
Disassemble and paint clothespins.

Disassemble and paint clothespins.

Step 1: Take Apart Clothespins and Paint

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 acrylic paints or Apple Barrel. They 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 continue to the next step.

Cut a strip of paper for the clothespin.

Cut a strip of paper for the clothespin.

Step 2: Cut out Scrapbooking Paper

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 and 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.

Step 3: Adhere Paper Strip to Clothespin

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.

Clothespin embellished with a small bow and a rhinestone.

Clothespin embellished with a small bow and a rhinestone.

Step 4: Embellish

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!

Decorative Tips

Just a few more tips before wrapping up this project. 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 the limit with these!

More Ideas for Using Embellished Clothespins

  • Attach a magnet to the back and put it on a magnetic bulletin board or the refrigerator to hold photos, 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 them as a clip for a bag of party favors!
  • String a piece of jute across a wall and use it to hold greeting cards, photos, artwork, etc. This would be a great idea for a kid's 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 them as a holder for artwork, photos, etc.
  • Use them in the kitchen as clips for chips, nuts, etc.
  • Embellish with a gift tag, and clip 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 placeholders around the table for a dinner party or use as placeholders for a kid's birthday party and send them home as party favors.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to make embellished or decorative clothespins. Have fun!


Sue rogers on May 27, 2019:

I love crafts live in assisted living and these clothes pin are so cute this would be so easy and the possibility of this are end less thank you so much.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 04, 2012:

charlynjune- Thank you.. glad you enjoyed the hub. If you can't find clothespins in stores near you, you may try the internet.. I'm sure you could find some to purchase online :)

Charlyn June from Philippines on November 04, 2012:

Cute handicraft.. I'll try those if I have found wooden clothespins here..

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 31, 2012:

IM4Keith4sure - Thank you for visiting...your little rocking chairs sound so cute! I would love to see a hub on how to make them :) I have actually thought many times about making some little pin cushions.. I never thought about saving the stuff from pill bottles but that is an awesome idea.. thank you!

nAnce mUra from Calgary, aLberta ,Canada. on October 31, 2012:

Hi! jamie. Love your clothespin ideas. I also have one. I have made rocking chairs out of clothespins.Of course, they are small but cute you can place small stuffed animals to sit in them. also made cushions out of old leftover material and filled them with filling they put in prescription bottles.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on June 22, 2012:

billybuc- Aww.. thanks! I wish I could say it was my idea but I saw it somewhere else and this is just my version but thank you :) It's always nice to see you.. thanks for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on June 22, 2012:

Rosie2010- Wow! Thank you :) I am so glad you like these.. I love doing these clothespins and they always turn out so cute. Thank you SO much for the vote up and for sharing. I really appreciate it :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 21, 2012:

You are so clever! Great idea; I even think I could do this one! :)

Rosie Rose from Toronto, Canada on June 21, 2012:

OMG, Jamie, you are awesome! I love these decorative clothespins. I love doing crafts, and now you are my hero. Voted up and shared. Off to another project of yours. Cheers!

Have a nice day,


Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 01, 2012:

sunbun- Thank you.. you are always so nice and leave me such nice comments :0) Next time you should grab the clothespins.. they are super easy to make and really come in handy. I have a few hanging on the fridge and sometimes if I need a clip (like to hold a bag of chips closed) I'll grab one. They are fun to make and they always turn out so cute. It's like instant gratification :0)

sunbun143 from Los Angeles, CA on February 29, 2012:

Dangit I just saw a huge pack of wooden clothespins at the 99cent store but passed them up....I really like your ideas, as always, especially about attaching them to a yardstick and using it to hang artwork. And magnets!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on May 13, 2011:

RTalloni, Thank you.. I appreciate it :)

RTalloni on May 12, 2011:

A sweet project with some great ideas for using the finished product.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on May 03, 2011:

Thank you, Christine! I'm curious about what happened with your AdSense account.. did you appeal?

ChristineVianello from Philadelphia on May 03, 2011:

love it!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2011:

Thank you, Peggy!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2011:

What a great idea!!! Love these. I have seen the other type of wooden clothspins (not clip type) made up to look like toy soldiers making great Christmas decorations. You are very creative. Rating this useful.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 08, 2011:

Thank you, agusfanani!

agusfanani from Indonesia on April 08, 2011:

Another creativity-inspiring hub. It really gives added value to those clothespins.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 07, 2011:

You are welcome, Becky. Thank you for commenting! Be careful... you'll get hooked on these :0)

Becky from Oklahoma on April 06, 2011:

Adorable idea. I think I might try to make some refrigerator magnets. Thanks for an awesome Hub.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 06, 2011:

Thank you kashmir! I love these clothespins.. they are so fun.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on April 05, 2011:

Hi Jamie, Looks like embellished clothespins are not only very beautiful looking they also could serve many useful and decorative ideas .

Awesome hub !!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 05, 2011:

Thank you viking305.. I appreciate it!

L M Reid from Ireland on April 05, 2011:

Another great idea. Thanks for sharing your knowledge of crfts here

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 04, 2011:

Thank you for stopping by No-Clue, Dana and KoffeeKlatch. Thank you for the positive feedback :)

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on April 04, 2011:

How cute. I love to visit and see your newest creation.

Dana Hinders on April 04, 2011:

This project has been on my "to-do" list for a long time. Your pins are adorable!

No_Clue on April 03, 2011:

Another nifty idea! I do love your hubs!