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48 Classy Clothespin Craft Ideas

Updated on January 25, 2017
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

Making crafts using clothespins is always a favorite of the kids, and also of the adults helping the kids making crafts. Knowing this, I did a Google search looking for clothespin crafts that had directions for the craft included.

Well, I have found so many more clothespin crafts, with free instructions for making them, than I would have ever imagined were available.

Included in this article are pictures of the crafts and the name and site addresses of the blogs that feature each clothespin project. There are easy, cute clothespin crafts, and there are also more involved clothespin projects. I hope you enjoy browsing through this harvest of clothespin crafts.

For the instructions to make the cute little ants shown above, go to Parents.

1. Ballerina Ornament

This is such a cute idea and the pictured tutorial at KROKOTAK is super easy to understand. When I make these I plan on trying to add glitter to the edge of the skirt. I'll probably dilute some white glue with a bit of water, brush the mixture to the edge of the skirt and then sprinkle, or roll the skirt edge in colored glitter.

2. Clothespin Snowmen

If you like to add a little favor to your decorated gifts, consider adding one of these cute little clothespin snowmen. You'll find the instructions for making these snowmen at Ben Franklin.

3. Cat in the Hat

Imagine that you use a piece of pasta to make the cat's hat for this project. This super cute clothes pin craft has instructions on the MPM School Supplies site.

4. Spring Jewelry

This project is a great way to use the springs on snap clothes pins. Although the website, Losa Balorios, is a foreign language written site, the pictured tutorial will show you exactly how to make this jewelry.

5. Cool Penguins

Imagine some of the ways these penguin clothespins could be used. For instance, hanging christmas cards from a length of yarn or jute, or they could display school art are papers. For the instructions on how to make these cool penguins, go to crafty morning.

6. Tea Bag Wreath

Imagine how happy a tea lover would be to receive a gift like this wreath. Or make one for your own kitchen to have a variety of tea bags handy in an attractive wreath. Find the directions for this project at KOJODESIGNS.

7. Kissing Couples

Wouldn't these little kissing couples look cute in a centerpiece for a bridal shower? If you'd like to make some of these cute little kissing couples, go to the Lilyshop site for the tutorial.

8. The Mermaids

This is a fun project made with clothespins and paint. Cute!! For the instructions on making these little mermaids, go to

9. Decorative Clothespins

You'll think of so many uses for these decorated clothespins. Attach a magnet on the back for a refrigerator magnet or use them to hang a party banner. You'll find the directions at Factory Direct

10. Toy Soldiers

Boys especially will enjoy making these toy soldiers. Go to the The Crafty Crow site for the instructions.

11. Christmas Tree

I just know I'm going to have to make a Christmas tree like this one, I think its so unique and lovely. The tutorial for making this clothes pins and paper tube Christmas tree is found at NEST OF BLISS.

12. Flag Wreath

Make a beautiful wreath like this to celebrate your American heritage. You'll find the tutorial for making this patriotic craft at CAT’S CRAFT ROOM. Impressive!!

13. Clothespin Wreath

So simple, yet so very pretty, I really like the looks of this wreath. Go to SIMPLER TIMES site to find out how to make it.

14. Clothespin Jewelry

15. Enchanced Planter

Unfinished clothespins make an interesting planter, but you can paint them too. FAMILY CHIC is the place to go for the instructions.

16. Clothespin Valentine

This is a very cute and inexpensive project for Valentine's Day. Find the directions at simply {kierste}.

17. Monster Bites

A useful piece of décor for a kids room or anywhere you want to get a giggle. Go to MR.PRINTABLES.COM for the directions for this project.

18. Clothespin Nativity

A nice little religious toned project to help the kids understand celebrating Christmas. To get the directions, go to the Learning to be me website.

19. Food Clips

This is a nice idea that would make the clothespins a gift to give for Mother's Day. Check out the instructions at organize & decorate everything.

20. Giant Photo Holders

Use the giant clothespins for this project. Your teenager might even like using them to display favorite photos. You'll find the directions at Eyeballs By Day Crafts By Night.

21. Nativity Manger Scene

If the kids like to play with the nativity figurines, why not help them make one of their own that they can play with. The instructions for this outstanding Christmas craft can be found at CHRISTIANITY COVE.

22. Clothespin People

Here are the clothespin people that the kids will love making. Look at the site of Factory Direct for the instructions.

23. Giraffe

Doesn't this look like it would be fun to make? You'll find the instructions at Parents.

24. Airplane

Make an impression on your grandkids by making and giving them one of these airplanes. See how they are made at Parents.

25. Shelf With Clothespin Hooks

This is really a very attractive shelf and the clothespins have so many uses on it. Go to Country Living to see what supplies are needed and the instructions for making this shelf.

26. Nativity Creche

Another cute Nativity project. Let the kids make a Nativity scene to keep in their room. You'll find the directions at Our Dish.

27. Starburst Snowflakes

Use these starburst snowflakes as tree ornaments or as you'll see on the passengers on a little spaceship site, you can use them as trivets or coasters. A really nice gift idea.

28. Peg Doll Nuns

Little girls will enjoy making these nun dolls. See how they are made by going to Catholic Icing.

29. Cupid's Arrows

You'll be able to fill Cupid's quiver with a bunch of love arrows by go to and following the instructions given at igottacreate. A really cute idea!

30. Croc Critter

The kids will enjoy painting the clothespin and then adding the eyes and scales to this green critter. Find the tutorial for making this croc critter at Painting Pink Pajamas.

31. Twig and Button Magnets

Although you can't really see the clothespins when these are hanging, there is a clothespin behind the cute decorated twig bunches. Find all the instructions you need to make these magnets by going to capture the details.

32. Clothespin Angel

Just think of all the decorating you can do with these little angels. You'll find the pattern at CROCHETED MEMORIES BLOG.

33. Pastel Bunnies

Bunnies, pastels, Easter and Spring. Making these little clothespin bunnies are exactly what will put you in an Easter decorating mood. Find the tutorial for making these cute little pastel bunnies at Brittany’s Best.

34. Clothespin Elves

Clothespin elves are easy to make and are great tree ornaments. To make some of these cute clothespin elves, go to A Fanciful Twist to find the instructions. A great idea for stocking stuffers or as party favors.

35. Angel Ornament

This is a great ornament to make with the kids or with the seniors. Easy to do by following the tutorial found on the HGTV site. Very beautiful just the way it is, or how about adding a bit of sparkle with some glitter?

36. Clothespin Skiers

37. Muffin Paper Angel

With all the cute muffin paper inserts to choose from, this will be a fun project. Go to Muffin Tin Mom for the directions.

38. Caterpillars

You'll find the directions for making these fun little caterpillars at HAPPY HOME FAIRY. I love the colors and color combinations used making the caterpillars.

39. Santa Ornaments

Think of how many Santa ornaments that can be made with one package of clothespins. This would be a great classroom project also. For the instructions and supplies list, go to the HO HO HOBOKEN site.

40. Clothespin Chair

Although you may want to make this little clothespin chair for a Barbie or other small doll, I think I'd like to just sit it on a shelf with books and a candle. The instructions for making this clothespin chair can be found at Farm Boy City Girl.

41. Clothespin Crucifix

Making beautiful clothespin crucifixes during the Lenten season would be a great classroom project. Go to Catholic Inspired for the instructions for making a clothespin crucifix.

42. Clothespin Flower Fairies

We all know that fairies always dress in flower petals, right? Anyway, Running with Sisters has me convinced that flower pedals are what fairies should be dressed in.

43. Turkey Fun

If you are wondering what kind of project the little kids will enjoy making for Thanksgiving, consider making this pom-pom turkey with them. The easy to follow tutorial is found at J-Man and MillerBug.

44. Wedding Cake Topper

If you've ever had occasion to price wedding cake toppers, you know that they are very pricey. You can make your own wedding cake topper using clothespins and following the instructions at craftstylish.

45. Tinkerbell

You'll want to head right over to the Red Ted Art site so you can begin making fairies like this Tinkerbell. I especially like how the fairy wings are made.

46. Clothespin Snowmen

I really like the looks of these little snowmen. What a great idea for gift favors when you need to make a large number of favors. You'll find all the help you need by going to Eyeballs By Day Crafts By Night for the directions.

47. Feathered Turkey

Thanksgiving just isn't Thanksgiving until you bring out the turkey decorations. Have the kids help make these little feathered turkeys, they'll have so much fun. Find the tutorial for making this craft at formula: mom.

48. Painted Wooden Clothes Pin Snowmen Ornaments

Imagine what fun a family night would be if the chosen activity for the evening was to make clothes pin ornaments. Give the kids---and Dad-----a chance to dream up their own character and the evening won't only be fun, it'll be hilarious. A great way to make family memories. For the tutorial for making these snowman ornaments, go to CRAFTING mom.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

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      Kayla Curry 13 months ago from Nebraska

      Adorable! Love them all!

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      amireneemi 3 years ago

      I love your ideas. I will be making Santa's and Soldiers soon. TY for sharing!!

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      VeronicaHaynes 5 years ago

      These are really neat ideas for the classroom. Will try one out with the kids. Great lens:)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I have made the clothespin soldiers many times they are a very cute little old fashioned craft item. I used to do the craft fairs years ago and they were on of my most popular items. Quick to make because you can do so many in one batch. Great clothespin craft suggestions.

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      Mishael A Witty 5 years ago

      Cute ideas. My three-year-old has just discovered the joys of clothespins, so we might have to try some of these!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      So cute! Clothespins are so versatile for crafting!

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      KaraAshton 5 years ago

      These are so cute. Most children would love to make these designs as I would too. Thanks.

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      KaraAshton 5 years ago

      These are so cute. Most children would love to make these designs as I would too. Thanks.

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      Super cute ideas!! Blessed*