These pretty clothespin gift sets are inexpensive to make and come with a very unique display holder. The perfect present for a variety of occasions they can be used for a many things from note and photo holders, to bag clips. One of many wonderful clothespin craft we have here on our site!
Supplies for these Clothespin Crafts
- These are the things that I used for the one’s you see.
- Washi Tape
- Dye (to dye some of the clothespins)
- Mod Podge
- Tongue Depressors
- Drill for hole in depressors
Visuals For Display Sticks
Notes: I used most of my clothespins raw except for the red ones which I dyed. Here is a tutorial on how to color your clothespins!
For holders mark your tongue depressors. 2″ will be cut off.
If you have a fine saw you can cut them with that. I used scissors. You have to be careful with scissors as the wood can split.
Drill a hole in the end to put string through.
Sand the rough edge where you cut it so it’s smooth.
This shows the various things I used. Washi tape is the easiest. You can use just about anything to decorate them with including buttons, glitter, gems etc.
This set is from our Herb Plant Label post. Download the labels shown plus others here.
This is another set I had done using the normal card for display. Its a piece of cardboard covered with scrapbook paper. These clothespins are all dyed with Rit Dye. We have a great tutorial on how to dye and color clothespins here.
Who couldn’t use a little extra good luck? We’ve got some adorable little fairy tokens to bring you some! They’re made from clothespins and scraps of artificial flowers, felt and ribbon and are super easy to make. I “painted” mine using a variety of things from markers, to regular paint. Then I decorated them with things I already had. I already feel luckier! P.S. If you like these you’ll definitely love our beautiful little Stand Alone Fairy Doors!
- Traditional one piece clothespins (not the spring type)
- Hack saw to cut by hand. (You can use an electric saw of course if you have one.)
- Paint or markers
- Artificial flowers, leaves etc.
- Hot glue gun
- Small eye hook
Notes: When you drill the hole in the top make it a little bit smaller than the eye hook so it will still screw in. I colored mine various ways and all of them worked fine. I found it easier to color them before cutting but it doesn’t really matter.
Lots of Different Good Luck Fairies!
I had a blast making these place card holders… there’s just so many options! You can make them for any occasion, including kids parties. (Notice the alien cyclops dude). You can print out your own cards if desired but I’ve included a download that has different colors of blank cards that you can print, cut out and hand write names in.
- Clothespins. I used 2 sizes.
- Paint if desired. (or you can dye your pins using this method)
- Ribbons, buttons, artificial flowers, gems etc…
- Name cards.
Free pdf of various colored cards. Print the pages you want.
I literally went through my crafty stuff and just pulled out things I could use.
This little note can gift set uses an empty soup can. I used a smooth edge can opener to remove the lid so there are no sharp edges. The clothespins are dyed yellow with Rit Dye and the birds and label are provided as a free download. Then toss in a pen and some note paper. I added a string to attach on the wall for hanging notes or photos. You could also attach sticky magnet sheets on the back of your clothespins or glue a regular magnet for using the clothespins on the fridge. I cut my birds out using my Silhouette Cutter but they are easily done by hand using scissors. I’ve included both types below as a free download.
Birds on a Wire Note Set Supplies
- 1 soup can
- aprox 6 clothespins dyed
- Scrapbook paper to cover can
- Downloaded, printed and cut birds and label.
- Notepad and pen or pencil
- String if desired
- Magnets for back of clothespins if desired.
Pdf Printable of Birds and Label
Silhouette Version of Files
Cover your can with desired paper. Print and cutout birds and label on cardstock. Glue to clothespins and can. Fill can with notepad, pencil or pen and string if desired. You can also glue magnets onto the back of the clothespins for holding notes onto the fridge.
Color your clothespins easily with these methods! You can then use them for a huge variety of crafts and useful items! I’ve dyed them, hand painted them and spray painted them. Dying is is by far the easiest method in my opinion, but the other ways work fine too.
How To Color Clothespins : Dying
This is the easiest way to color clothespins. You can do a bunch at a time and it covers them wonderfully plus you don’t’ have to take them apart which can be a pain. I’ve used regular food coloring which gives more of a stained looked. That can work depending on what you’re after. Rit Dye gives a much deeper and more vibrant color.
Food coloring or Rit Dye each give a unique look depending on what you are after.
After soaking, drain, rinse well and lay to dry on paper towels. FYI: Never used dyed clothespins to actually hang wet clothes. The dye will come off on them!
How To Color Clothespins :
How To Color Clothespins :
How To Color Clothespins : Painting
You can take the clothespins apart and paint if desired. It’s a bit of work in order to cover all sides and I found it tedious as I struggled to get them back together. I also tried painting over everything and not taking it apart. I painted the tops and sides and let it dry then I opened it up and painted under the part that clamps together. I then stuck a toothpick in so it would dry and the paint would not stick together. It depends on your patience and how much time you want to spend as to whether this method is for you.
It’s an organizer and a craft! BONUS! I used a left over wood plaque from my Bell Jar project but you can get these plaques at craft stores super cheap. I’ve seen them at dollar stores too. I spray painted clothespins silver then glued on some jewels I’d saved from a broken bracelet. Then you attach a picture hanger on the back to mount it on the wall. You can use longer pieces of wood if you want it to hold more. Just cut it the length you want, paint and add clothespins! (You’ll notice it’s holding some of my clothespin spring necklaces!)
- Wood Plaque
- Hot Glue
- Paint and gems etc.
Paint your plaque whatever color you like. Paint your clothespins a contrasting color. Glue them onto the board. Add decor items if desired. Add a picture hanger onto the back of the board so you can hang it on the wall.
Yes, you can use laundry items to make a pretty necklace! Some chain, clothespins springs and beads are all it takes. (I used a jewel from an old broken bracelet for one of them.) I’m a t-shirt and jeans kinda gal and these spice up my casual wear perfectly! Just be prepared to tell others how you made your unique necklace.
- Clothespin Springs
These take three minutes to make once you have the supplies. Just feed your beads or items onto the spring. Done!
Who wouldn’t want this cute little guy hanging around? A clothespin and a little piece of screen with some wiggle eyes makes this darling little guy! You can make him any color you want or give a set of them as gifts. You can easily make this by cutting your own wing shape but I included downloadable instructions with a pattern.
- Small piece screen (you want the soft flexible fiberglass type NOT the old hard wire kind.)
- Wiggle eyes
- Paint of choice
- Magnet for back
Paint or dye your clothespin. Paint head part. Glue on eyes. Cut 4 wire wings. Glue wings on top overlapping a bit. Glue small magnet on back.
Here is yet another wonderful use for clothespins! Use them as herb markers. We created several sets with different designs for you to download. All you need is some clothespins!
- Downloadable labels below
- Clothespins 2 7/8″ long. These are what I used
- Mod Podge or clear coating
Download the free pdf and choose which style of label you want to print.
Print your labels of choice and carefully cut them out.
Place glue or Mod Podge onto clothespin.
Place label on top of glue and cover with layer of Mod Podge or wait till dry and spray with gloss.
The styles you can choose from.
Need a phone stand in a pinch? (And I do mean “pinch”) Grab four clothespins! I spray painted mine as you can see. These are not glued together… you clamp them together each time you want to use them. Clamp one on each side and then clamp the other two legs on the ends.Tada!
- 4 clothespins
Paint or dye your clothespins if desired. You can also decorate them with Washi Tape.
VIEW OUR EAR BUD POST, ALSO MADE WITH CLOTHESPINS!
Everyone hates tangled earbuds! Here’s a quick wonderful way to make earbud holders using two clothespins. Customize them in any color you like with matching Washi tape. These make great little gifts and are simple enough even kids can make them.
DIY Earbuds Supplies
Glue clothespins together as shown.
Paint your clothespins.
Add a strip of Washi tape on each side.
VIEW OUR IPHONE STAND ALSO MADE WITH CLOTHESPINS!
Little felt bows to decorate your life with! The bows shown use the very small clothespins that are about 2″ long. These are fun to clip onto gifts and other things! The pattern for the bow is a free download.
- Tiny 2″ clothespins
- Felt of various colors.
- Hot glue
This is one of those things you can whip up fast but it looks like it took much longer. I used a tuna can and clipped dyed clothespins around the edge. No gluing needed, though you may want to glue some decor on the front like I did. These can be used to hold anything. I stuck a candle in mine.
Clothespin Craft Supplies
- Tuna can
- Decor items i.e. flowers, ribbon etc.
Check out our post “How To Color Clothespins”. It’s very helpful for things like this!
These clothespins are some I dyed with food coloring which gives them a stained look.
A very beautiful clothespin craft decor item!
Very simple decor item here. Glue clothespins onto wooden shish-kabob skewers. You can dye them or paint them if desired though I liked the raw wood look. Then stick them into any tall display vase you have and add photos. FYI: It’s helpful if you have some Styrofoam in the bottom of the vase to stick the dowels into so they don’t twist and turn. You could also add jewels or bows to the clothespins. Anything goes!
- Wood skewers
- Glue Gun
Here’s a fun way to show people that you love them. It’s perfect for kids and adults alike as they look for sneaky places to leave the notes! It’s an inexpensive Love Note Kit you can whip up in no time. Everything you need just might be lying around the house already.
You can easily make a bunch to give out as gifts. You can also do a group activity where everyone in the family makes a kit and they have to give away all their notes in a week.
Print and cut out the patterns and add some ribbon, Washi tape, glitter or paint and you’re good to go! Download the FREE pdf below and for those of you who might have a Silhouette machine we’ve made a zip file of all the patterns in that format also!
- Free downloadable files.
- Clothespins, any size.
- Cardstock, white and/or colored.
- Bone folder (or a butter knife for creasing)
- Hot Glue
- Regular glue
- Hole punch for tag.
- Glitter, Washi tape, Ribbon, String, etc.
Printable Box & Notes (pdf)
To Make the Box
To Make the Clothespins
Make these quick hand fans in minutes using a traditional wood clothespin and some heavy scrapbook paper. Wrap a little ribbon or twine around them and you have a beautiful way to cool off! You can make a dozen of these for parties or even lovely gifts in any colors or design you like. Just follow the simple instructions below. If you like, these check out our more modern Free Emoji Fan Printables and Instructions.
Supplies for Hand Fans
- 12″ x 12″ two sided cardstock scrapbook paper (cut down to 12×9) Craft stores sell this by the sheet!
- Yard, Cording or Thin Ribbon (for wrapping)
- Traditional Wood Clothespins
- Glue gun
- Thick ruler, butter knife or Bone Folding Tool
Fold over along the width at approximately 1/2″ folds. Use something flat to press each one down. Press one of the paper fan into the clothespin about half way into the opening. If you press it too far down it will make the span of the fan smaller. You want enough stuck in to make it sturdy. 2″ is a good estimate. Depending on how small you were able to make your folds they might stick out on the sides of the clothespin. You can trim if desired to make them flush with the wood for wrapping. Wrap your string, yarn, cord or ribbon around the pin. Overlap one end to hold it in place then put a dab of hot glue on the other end. Cover as much as you like. We did ours down to where the clothespin tapers. You can also paint your clothespin ahead of time in bright colors before wrapping. Or just paint them and be done! However, the wrapping helps keep the fan in place. Make color coordinating fans that easy enough even even kids can make them.