20 Ways to use Clothespins
Whether you have them leftover from hang drying your laundry, or stock pile them as craft supplies, clothespins are a fun reminder of simpler times and a handy tool to use around the house. While they certainly still serve a functional purpose, clothespins can also make some pretty cool crafts and decor. Try using clothespins in one of these 20 ways:
If you need a quick and inexpensive towel rack or tie rack, hang a clothespin on the wall or to a block of wood. Attach one side of the clothespin to the wall so that you can push on the other side and put the towel between the clip.
Instead of buying a fancy clip to close chip and snack bags, just roll the open end of the bag and use the clothespin to keep it closed.
This is a great craft project for the kids. A quick and easy letter can be made by attaching a clothespin to a block of wood so that the clip sits above the block of wood.
Need an easy way to pin notes and photos to the side of the refrigerator? Glue a magnet to one side of a clothespin to make a handy holder.
Leave your sweetie a clothespin valentine. Decorate a clothespin with red hearts. On a piece of paper, which is folded in an accordion fold, write your message. Glue the message inside the clips so that it expands when the clothespin is opened.
Make a photo display by stringing twine between the sides of a picture frame and hanging the clothespins on the twine. Pictures can be clipped in any position.
Clothespins can be painted and decorated for the holidays. Turn a clothespin into a character from The Nutcracker or into an unusual Christmas tree ornament.
Holiday wreath or garland
Create a quick holiday wreath to display holiday cards by painting the clothespins a festive color, pinning to a round wire frame or string and hanging it from a ribbon and bow.
Toys and dolls
For a different twist on paper dolls, make clothespin dolls. Paint a face on the clip end of the clothespin and dress in paper or fabric clothes.
If you need a way to store yarn, string or ribbon, use a clothespin. Secure the end of the string in the clothespin and wrap the string around the outside of the pin.
Secure notes and lists to a bulletin board with decorated clothespins. Label clothespins for bills, grocery lists and car keys.
Recipe card holder
Keep recipes in easy view while you are cooking by pinning the card within easy reach.
Use clothespins to celebrate a special occasion. Decorate clothespins with washi tape or paint. Use the decorated clothespins to hang cards, a sign or a banner.
Teach kids about doing housework and chores by playing pretend laundry.
Goodie bag decorations
When giving goodie bag gifts, attach the label and close the bags with clothespins. Glue some ribbon to the clothespins for a little flair.
Place card holders
Clothespins can be a party helper. At your next dinner party, decorate clothespins with the name of each guest and set up the clothespins around the table.
A large cache of clothespins can be pinned together in the shape of a lampshade for a modern ornament.
If you don’t want to place permanent labels on baskets and laundry hampers, attach the label to the basket with a clothespin.
Tired of hitting your fingers with a hammer? Use a clothespin to hold the nail.
Hang up wet laundry
One last way to get the most out a clothespin is to hang your laundry outside on a sunny day. You’ll save energy and your clothes will smell fresh.