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Decorative Stamped Script Clothespins

Updated on May 30, 2012

Decorative Clothespins

Embellishing vintage wood spring clothespins seems to be the rage. These versatile pins can be used for so many more things than their original purpose. Memo holders, chip clips, photo holders, and much more. Whether you use adhesive to add buttons, glitter or beads, paint or even add trim to these age old needfuls, the only limit is your imagination. Today we are talking about using ink and hand stamping with stamps.

Gather your supplies: clothespins, stamps, inks, paper towels

I used a French script stamp with black ink in the ones pictured. Be sure to load your stamp with fresh ink in your color choice. You may want to do a few practice ones first to figure out the positioning and pressure needed. Be sure to not move your selected stamp once placed. If you do you will get a blurred image. Let dry thoroughly before handling., this is a must! We don't want smearing do we? Viola` That's it, your done! You can add a protective coating if you like, but once the ink is allowed to dry thoroughly it's on there pretty good. Pretty easy peasy.

You can use this same technique on round wood clothespins also, but it's a little trickier since you roll the clothespin on the stamp instead of placing the stamp in the clothespin, as above. Experiment, but most of all have fun!


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    • DragonflyTreasure profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Levertis Steele, thank you for the suggestions. They are appreciated and will be taken!

    • DragonflyTreasure profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Thanks so much ebower! Much appreciated.

    • DragonflyTreasure profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from on the breeze.........

      tammyswallow Thank you so much for your sweet comment!!

    • Levertis Steele profile image

      Levertis Steele 

      6 years ago from Southern Clime

      Dragonfly Treasure, welcome to HubPages!

      "These versatile pins can be used for so many more things than their original purpose."

      You are so right! I see them for sale everywhere, yet, I never see clothes hanging on lines like years ago. So, people are using them for something. I still buy them for various reasons: organize and group mail, clip chips and other bagged food and non-foods, etc. The colorful plastic ones that I do not see anymore work well to clip curtains aside for outside viewing. When doing hair, they can be used to clip and hold portions of hair in place while rolling, braiding, doing updos and other jobs. Some mothers used the smaller ones as barrettes in their girl's hair! I think they were actual barrettes. I use them to keep my seed packages organized and separated for spring garden planting. When quilting, they can be used to keep like patches together. The uses are limitless as you stated.

      I love this article. I suggest that you lengthen it later after you receive more helpful comments. You could also add more illustrations. I am voting up, useful, and interesting. Thanks for sharing, inspiring more ideas, and taking me back to the memories of my original, single use of the clothepin!

    • Ebower profile image

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      This is so creative and cute. I voted this up and useful. I can't wait to read more from you!

    • tammyswallow profile image


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Welcome to Hubpages. Gorgeous and practical- I love this idea. This is a great and inspiring hub. Voting up and sharing everywhere.

    • DragonflyTreasure profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Whoops, forgot to mention that! Thank you for doing so!


    • heart4theword profile image


      6 years ago from hub

      Never thought of stamping clothes pins:) I picture these shown with a magnet on the back, so that you can put up your notes on the fridge:) Thanks for the share!


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