Decoupage/Mod Podge Clothespin/Clothes Pin Decorating Ideas
Clothes Pin Crafts
Lately, I've seen a host of fun clothespin, or clothes pin, craft ideas online. From clothespin reindeer to clothespin-embellished mirrors, there is a clothespin craft for virtually every time of year. Clothespins are exceptionally inexpensive, so they are a very cheap craft supply. Another fantastically affordable craft supply is paper - so why not combine the two for some truly inexpensive home decorating?
I already wrote about using decoupage techniques to redecorate worn, boring furniture, but decoupage works well on small objects, too. This tutorial shows you how to use Mod Podge to decorate clothespins. You can personalize decoupaged clothespins to create a welcome banner or other sign, make a name plate, attach tags to gift bags or party favors, and many other things.
What do you Need to Decoupage Clothespins?
- Wood clothespins
- Mod Podge
Supplies for Decorating Clothes Pins
Decoupage Craft Ideas
- Table Top Decoupage - How to Redecorate with Mod Podge Projects
Decoupage tables are a great way to transform an old, or boring, tabletop into a new, fun collage.
How to Mod Podge Clothespins
Decoupaging clothespins is (fairly) quick and easy.
- Measure the clothespin's length and mark it off on your sheet of paper. It is easiest if you make these marks on the 'wrong' side of the paper to avoid stray marks on the decorative surface. Make several clothespin-length tick marks, and then use the ruler to draw a straight line across the paper, as shown. You can use plain paper, but scrapbooking paper works very well. To make the project more kid-friendly, have your children paint a picture or stencil a design and use this paper for your clothespins.
- Measure the broadest part of the clothespin. My clothespins were 3/8". I made tick marks every 3/8" along the original edge of the paper and along the pencil line drawn in step one. Make these marks the same distance apart as your clothespin's widest point.
- Use the ruler to draw a straight line between each set of tick marks, as shown. You are simply connecting the paper side tick marks with the original edge side tick marks to form strips of paper the same size as a clothespin.
- If you have access to a paper cutter, you can save time by using it to cut along the pencil lines. Whether you have to cut by hand, like me, or have a paper cutter, cut the long line first, and then cut each individual strip. If your paper has a distinct pattern you want to preserve, you may want to place the strips in a correctly-ordered row as you cut them to save confusion and frustration later.
- If you have a design you want to display "right side up," decide whether you want the clipping side of the clothespin to be "up" or "down." If you want to hang the clothespins from a line or clip them to the bottom or something, the clipping end should be the top. If you want to clip the clothespins to the top of something, you may want the clipping end to be the bottom.
- Coat one side of a clothespin with Mod Podge and lay the first strip of paper evenly on it. There may be some overhang on the narrower end of the clothespin. This is fine, just try to make the overhang even on both sides.
- After giving the first coat of Mod Podge a minute to dry, seal the paper with a second coat. At this time, put Mod Podge on the overhanging paper and fold it down over the clothespin's side, if necessary. This is shown in a picture to the right.
- Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely before flipping the clothespin to decoupage the opposite side. You do not have to decorate both sides, but I prefer the way it looks.
- After Mod Podging both sides and allowing it to dry, you are ready to personalize your clothespins. You can use a stencil, like I did, or free hand write letters on the clothespins to create a message, such as my "welcome," or a name. You can put one letter on each pin, or you could create name plates for a party by writing each guest's name on a clothespin.
- If you want, give the finished, decorated clothespins a quick coat of an acrylic sealant. You can use either a brush or a spray sealant. This helps keep the paper in place and prevents water from ruining all your hard work.
Steps for Decoupaging ClothespinsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Decorate with Clothespins
After your decoupage and sealant are dry, you are ready to use your new clothespins! I strung the example project up along a cord and hung it in front of my closed-up fireplace. You could also use them to hold gift tags to a box or bag, with a magnet attached to the back to organize your fridge art, as name plates at a party, or string them up to make personalized room sign's for your kids.
Another way I like to use decorated clothespins is for magnet clips, as shown to the right. Just attach magnets to the back of each clothespin and they're suddenly a great way to hold letters, bills, fridge art, etc. I like to use rare earth magnets because they're really strong and can hold just about anything.
You can also use them in place of plain clothespins for nearly every clothespin craft - the possibilities are endless! For a unique home accent, decorate a giant clothespin and display it on a shelf or table. If you use an acrylic sealer, you can even use decoupage clothespins to add some flair to laundry day. I do not recommend hanging wet laundry with decoupaged clothespins unless you have applied a waterproof sealer.
What is your favorite clothespin craft? I'd love to hear about your favorite ways to creatively use clothespins!