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Clothespin Crafts

Updated on October 7, 2014

Make Crafts with Clothespins

Clothespin crafts transform ordinary wooden clothespins into something new. Clothespins come in both peg and clip styles and usually are made from either plastic or wood.

Some clothespin crafts are great for kids and others, like this doll, would challenge even the best seamstress.

My maternal grandmother made this adorable little clothespin doll shown here. Her body is a wooden peg-style clothespin. She has a padded head and upper body (my grandma used an old piece of hosiery!). Her clothes: tiny bloomers, a silky half slip, and lovely dress with a silky ribbon and bow around the bottom. This little doll must be at least 100 years old now. I just love her!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Clothespin mirror from Country Living.
Clothespin mirror from Country Living.

Clothespin Crafts -- Great Home Decor Ideas

Make a clothespin mirror

Country Living has instructions on how to make this fun but lovely clothespin mirror at its Web site. I like the soft blue color, but you could paint the clothespins any color to complement your home's decor.

More ideas at Country Living make life easier like the storage shelf with clothespins for hanging potholders or aprons, clothespin magnets, and a fun side table decorated with glued-on clothespins.

Photo Credit: Country Living

Spring Clothespins

Spring clothespins are the best, for practical uses any way. I use them around the house for all sorts of things. I clip drapes open and close bags with them to name a few.

Clothespin Dolls for Sale on Etsy

These adorable clothespin dolls are wonderful little works of art. They'd make great keepsakes.

A Clothespin By Any Other Name

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Clothespin Craft Ideas

For a fun way to cure boredom over the summer holiday, check out Delia Creates.

Kids can help make a

Summer Bucket List of stuff to do!

Wooden Peg-Style Clothes Fasteners - Round and Square

Choose clothespins with either round or square heads depending on your craft. Some of the reindeer crafts shown below use the square headed clothespins. Most clothespin dolls use round wooden clothespins. Experiment and see what works best for your project.

Art on a Large Scale - Philadelphia City Hall

"Clothespin''1976 sculpture by Claes OldenburgPhotographed 07-22-2007 by SpikebrennanIn the Public Domain.
"Clothespin'' 1976 sculpture by Claes Oldenburg Photographed 07-22-2007 by Spikebrennan In the Public Domain.

Clothespins for Your Clothespin Crafts

These vintage clothespins and clothespin bags are often ready made with great patina from age. Faded or sun bleached clothespins have their own unique charm.

A few uses for clothespins:

- hang out the laundry (of course!)

- clip the chip bag closed

- attach a bow to a gift

- make crafts!

Do you have clothespins in your house?

Vintage plastic clothespins from my collection.
Vintage plastic clothespins from my collection.

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Easy Clothespin Crafts - for you or the kids to make

My grandson painted the red clothespin, and I covered the other clothespin with scrapbook paper. This is just one example of an easy clothespin craft project.
My grandson painted the red clothespin, and I covered the other clothespin with scrapbook paper. This is just one example of an easy clothespin craft project.
Clothespin dolls made by my granddaughter!
Clothespin dolls made by my granddaughter!

Clothespin Dolls from Clip Style Clothespins

Clothespin Princesses!

My granddaughter wanted to make some clothespin princess dolls. I didn't have (read: I couldn't find) any of the peg-style clothespins. So, we used the clip style clothespins.

I think they turned out great!

First she picked out the clothespins.

Next, she drew faces on each clothespin with a red pen and a black pen. They started looking like princesses immediately!

Then I asked her to draw a pattern for their dress. I cut out the pattern then cut out a dress for each from the colors of felt that she chose. She then glued the dresses onto the clothespins using a glue stick.

Next, I cut hair from some thick embroidery thread. She glued it on.

This clothespin craft is suitable for all ages. Let the young kids do simple tasks, like choosing the colors of felt and hair. The older kids can do the cutting and can make these dolls all by themselves.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Tiny Craft Clothespins - Keeping it small

These tiny clothespins can be used in doll houses (hand a tiny towel on a tiny clothesline) or in other projects. They're adorable, aren't they?

Clothespin Clip Art

Vintage clothespin clip art. Use in clothespin crafts like collages, scrapbooking, and cards. Courtesy of The Graphics Fairy. See the link below for this and two other laundry-related graphics to download and print.
Vintage clothespin clip art. Use in clothespin crafts like collages, scrapbooking, and cards. Courtesy of The Graphics Fairy. See the link below for this and two other laundry-related graphics to download and print.
Make letters with clothespins to help teach spelling.
Make letters with clothespins to help teach spelling.

Clothespin Words

I saw this great idea on Pinterest. Kelly of The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking uses clothespins to help kids learn to spell. This is ingenious.

I whipped up this example, but visit Kelly's Web site for much cuter samples in action!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Clothespin Craft Kits - Make it, but make it simple!

Craft kits are great! All of the main supplies are provided in the kit so all you have to do is have fun making the clothespin crafts.

Clothespin Tip

Tip from Lori, better known as gottaloveit

here on Squidoo:

Take clothes pins along on any vacation to use

to clip the drapes shut and blacken a room.

Mom and Dad taught me this years ago and I've cursed myself a thousand times for forgetting my clothespins!

Clothespin Message

Special Way to Say You Care

I just saw these cute clothespins with messages inside on Pinterest. I clicked through and nothing happened. I hate that! So, I Googled clothespin message and found how to make them from this great tutorial at Cut Out and Keep.

I'll make one soon to add here because like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Holiday Crafts with Clothespins

Halloween and Christmas Crafts

Clothespin Reindeer - Make a reindeer ornament or pin with clothespins

I have an adorable clothespin reindeer pin that is just cute as a bug's ear. There quite a few talented crafters who have provided directions on making clothespin reindeer. Here are a few of the links for you to make your own reindeer crafts with clothespins.

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Do you use clothespins? - For drying clothes or crafting?

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    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have a couple of clothespin reindeer that I put on my Christmas Tree every year.

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      kathryn-gillespie 

      5 years ago

      I use clothespins to dry clothes, clip back curtains, and click bags closed in the kitchen. They are very versatile. The doll from your grandmother is wonderful! Very creative article!

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      These are so cool! I can't say I've ever seen crafts quite these cool using clothespins before. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      aquarian_insight 

      6 years ago

      Aaah, the humble clothes peg, who would have thought there were so many other uses for them! Great lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh wow, I loved seeing the Clothespin Doll that your grandmother made. Wonderful and I loved all the other great Clothespin Crafts.

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      bossypants 

      6 years ago

      Back to see your updates and I wasn't disappointed! Love the crafts from your grandkids. Clever!

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      marsha32 

      6 years ago

      anymore I mostly use them to hang the laundry out, but I sure used to do a lot of crafts with them. This lens encourages me to do so again.

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I really enjoyed my read. We used to make thingsd with clothes-pegs years ago. Very nice lens.

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      Brandi 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      I love crafts out of ordinary items...these are great! I especially like the clothespin dolls! :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      My daughter just made a rocking chair out of wooden clothes pegs at school. Great lens - blessed

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Creative articles like this always get *blessed* by this squid angel!

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      Lindrus 

      6 years ago

      Neat ideas!

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      wilfredpadilla 

      6 years ago

      Wow, interesting.

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      PoeticChristian 

      6 years ago

      Cool lens, I use them for both, I am a crafter myself, Thanks for sharing. Angel blessed

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      bossypants 

      6 years ago

      Your doll is a treasure! Grandma was a talented seamstress. I remember making dolls with clothespins and pipecleaners (for the arms) -- dressing them in tissue or crepe paper. And, I remember hanging clothes outside and in the basement (in winter) with what you call clothes pegs. (The spring loaded ones were a luxury, I guess! )

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      gottaloveit2 

      6 years ago

      here's a great tip: Take clothes pins along on any vacation to use to clip the drapes shut and blacken a room. Mom and Dad taught me this years ago and I've cursed myself a thousand times for forgetting my clothespins!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: That is true. I'd forgotten that clothespins make great little vise grips! We hung our clothes out all year too. We'd bring the jeans in and stand them in a corner to thaw.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I mostly use them for crafting. When I glue something, a clothespin hold the parts together until it dries.

      Growing up, we always hung our clothes outside on the line, even in freezing weather. I don't do that anymore.

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      navaneebojan 

      6 years ago

      Good

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