Clothespins are among the many things that can be used to create all sorts of cool and interesting decorations and accessories and which can be incorporated into a variety of different DIY projects.
They’re easy to work with and highly versatile and they’re also a lot of fun to work with. They’re also very accessible and affordable which is one of the main reasons why they’re so popular in the first place. If you’ve never used wooden clothespins for a craft of something other than their intended purpose, now would be a good time to try something new. You can find below a few DIY project ideas that make use of them.
Fun and Easy DIY Projects Using Wooden Clothespins
1. A Starburst-inspired Art Piece
Wooden clothespins can be quite easily turned into interesting decorations, like this starburst-inspired art piece featured on diys for example. If you ever want to make something like this all you’re going to need is a bunch of wooden clothespins, some acrylic paint (white and gold in this case), a paintbrush, and some wood glue. You’ll need to break apart the pins first and you won’t be using the metal springs for this project.
2. A Napkin Holder
You can also use a few clothespins to make useful things, like this napkin holder for instance. It looks really cute and it can potentially be customized in lots of interesting ways. This one was decorated with patterned napkins which fit the theme in an unexpected yet lovely fashion. You could make a few different napkin holders with different colors and designs for various types of occasions or events. You can find more details about the project on diys.
3. Clothespin Scarf Holder
For this project, you’ll actually use the clothespins for their intended purpose but in a more stylish way than expected. The idea here is to make a scarf holder and organizer using a bunch of wooden clothespins attached to a board. You can paint and decorate the pins before you glue them onto the board and you can include as many as you think you’re going to need, depending on how big your scarf collection is. Check out the full tutorial on diys if you need more details.
4. A Beautiful Cardholder
A single clothespin is enough to make a beautiful cardholder. Of course, you’ll also need a few more supplies including fine particle cement mix, some tape, a paintbrush, a cup, and a bit of paint. Make several of these if you plan to use them as card holders for the dinner table or just one or two if you want to turn them into accessories for your desk in case you want to use them for photos or notes. Check out diys to find out how to make them from scratch.
5. Pumpkin Pie Slice Place Cards
These place cards also use wooden clothespins and they have a really cute design. They’re made using scrapbooking paper and there are actually a different ways in which you can plan this project. One of the easiest options would be to use a Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker and letter stamps but if you lack these items you can simply use glue and a pen. Either way, your pumpkin pie slice place cards will look adorable.
6. DIY Clothespin Planters
Wooden clothespins can also be used to make lovely little planters. It’s a very simple project for which you only need small tin cans, clothespins, glue, and a little bit of twine or rope. Start by breaking the pins into halves, then glue them around the exterior of the can one by one until the whole surface is covered. Tie a piece of rope around and make a cute little bow. The clothespin planters look a little bit like miniature barrels which makes them even cuter.
7. Clothespin Storage Bucket
Similarly, you can glue wooden clothespins around the outside of a planter in order to make a beautiful clothespin storage bucket for your hairbrushes, makeup products, hair accessories, and various other things. Use a plastic pot with a rim or a lip at the top and make sure it’s a bit taller than the pins. This way you’ll be able to add a layer of rope and lace to cover up the top and the interior of the pot.
8. A Fun Table Lamp
You’ll need quite a few wooden clothespins for this project but in the end, you’ll get a really cool table lamp out of it. Glue the pins into sets of four with the flat sides together and then combine the sets to make four equally-sized sections which will become the four sides of the table lamp. You’ll need a square piece of wood for the base as well. It could be nice to paint the clothespins or to stain them before gluing them together. You can place it inside a battery-operated light or you can run a cord through the base to complete the lamp.
9. A Clothespin Lamp Using LED Lights
There’s another way to make a clothespin lamp and this time the plan is to use a string of mini LED lights rather than a bulb. Start by gluing together three clothespin halves to make a triangle, then repeat and place the second triangle on top in such a way to create a star shape. Repeat these steps and add more triangles until you create a tower. Take a thick dowel rod slightly shorter than the tower and wrap the mini LED lights around it, then insert it at the center of your clothespin tower. You can add a few popsicle sticks at the bottom for extra support or create a solid base if you want to.
10. DIY Clothespin Picture Holder
Arranging a bunch of clothespins in a circle to make a starburst-inspired frame is pretty easy. You can use it as a standalone decoration which you can hang up on a wall but you can also turn it into a picture holder by taking advantage of the clothespins. You don’t need any glue or adhesive for this project. The only other things needed besides the clothespins are a piece of cardboard and a pair of scissors.
11. A Clothespin Candle Holder
Another lovely idea is to make a clothespin candle holder by upcycling an empty tin can. Find a small and short tin can (from tuna for example), clean it up and remove the labels, then take a handful of wooden clothespins and clip them all the way around the can to cover all the sides. Before you do that you can take some time to stain or paint the clothespins and potentially the tin can as well.
12. DIY Table Name Place Holder
The humble wooden clothespin can also be used as a place card holder and you can make it look chic and stylish by simply adding a few little decorations such as leaves, flowers, berries, and so on. Go ahead and spray paint the clothespins first to give them a nice shine and to change their look a little bit. Balancing each one on the plate can be a bit tricky but it definitely looks really beautiful. This idea comes from onebroadsjourney.
13. Artwork Display Frame Using Mini Clothespins
Mini clothespins are really cute and very useful for a lot of different DIY projects. For example, you could make a display frame for photos and artwork and other such things and you can use rope and mini clothespins to create several layers inside. It can be a cute project for a home office or for the kids’ bedroom so they can display their creations. If you’re interested in making something like this, there’s a tutorial on makeit-loveit that you can follow.
14. DIY Polaroid Photo Frame
Similarly, there’s a tutorial on rockmywedding which explains how you can make a polaroid photo frame using mini clothespins and rope or twine. In this case, the frame is custom-made which is great if you want it to fit into a particular space or to be able to accommodate a specific number of photos. This is a nice way to display a few mementos from special events.
15. DIY Clothespin Home Office Organizer
The project featured on chickabug requires a lot of wooden clothespins (around 200) as well as a few other supplies such as spray paint in a few different colors, a clothesline, a cork board, and push pins. This is a sort of organizer for the home office for example and the clothespins are both decorative and useful. They can hold photos or cards and they create a colorful and beautiful backdrop at the same time.
16. A Simple Clothespin Headphone Organizer
If you have a pair of wired headphones or earbuds then you’re aware of how annoying the cable is when it gets all tangled up. An easy way to avoid all that is by making this super simple headphone organizer out of two wooden clothespins. Glue the pins together facing opposite directions and that’s it. You can paint and decorate them in any way you want to. Check out makesomethingmondays if you need more details.
17. Recycled Plant Markers
Wooden clothespins can also be used as plant markers. Theoretically, there’s no need to decorate or to make any changes to the pins whatsoever but it can be nice and fun to customize them in some way. You can use washi tape or paint and a label maker or you can come up with your own design plan. Once you have the pins ready, attach each one to a wooden dowel and insert the dowel into the pot. More details can be found on creativegreenliving if needed.
18. A Large Pendant Lamp
Another great idea for a project involving clothespins comes from recyclart. Here you can see a bunch of wooden clothespins which were used to make a large pendant lamp. This pendant lamp has five different layers but you can choose to have fewer if you want to keep the design simpler or if you don’t have a very tall ceiling in the room where you’re planning to hang it.
19. Colorful Decorated Clothespins
A lot of the projects mentioned here involve decorating the clothespins in one way or another. That can actually be a fun little DIY project in itself. Go ahead and gather a few plain wooden clothespins and come up with ideas on how to decorate them. You could use a variety of different supplies that you have at your disposal, like tape, paint, markers, stickers, and so on. Check out creativeinchicago for a few creative and inspiring ideas.
20. A Wedding Cake Topper
You don’t have to leave your clothespins looking their plain wooden color, and instead, they can be painted to create fun designs and characters. We love this painted kissing cake topper from The House That Lars Built, which would be the perfect finish to a wedding cake. It’s a simple and quick project to complete but adds plenty of character to a wooden clothespin. We love the addition of the veil to the female side, which helps bring the topper to life a little more.
21. A Clothespin Mirror
Brighten up a mirror in your bedroom or entryway with this clothespin mirror design from Mod Podge Rocks. You’ll need a good collection of clothespins to get started with this project, and the clothespins are then placed all the way around a small mirror. Each clothespin is covered in patterned paper, which helps to bring it to life and add more fun to the design. You can, of course, use any color scheme you like in this project and could create a really bright and colorful design for your child’s bedroom.
22. A Clothespin Chandelier
Joann shows us how to make this incredible clothespin chandelier that would make a great addition to a home office or kid’s playroom. While this design uses more neutral colors, you could add a brighter splash of paint to each clothespin. The pattern uses 120 clothespins in total, so you’ll want to gather quite a collection to create this light fixture.
23. Clothespin Jewelry Organizer
For anyone who struggles to organize their jewelry collection, you’ll love this clothespin jewelry organizer from Modern Parents Messy Kids. It would be great for teenage girls or adults, and you’ll use mini clothespins to organize and secure your jewelry in place. This project will cost very little to make and will save you from losing necklaces and bracelets in the future.
24. Chip Bag Clips
There’s nothing worse than opening a huge bag of chips, only for them to go stale because you didn’t seal it up properly. This DIY project from Mod Podge Rocks will cost you barely anything to create and yet will make something that you’ll use almost every day. Kids and teens will love getting involved in the fun, and you can decorate each clip to fit your kitchen décor.
25. Clothespin Airplanes
This is the perfect project for kids to enjoy during the summer break, and they’ll love displaying their new clothespin airplanes around their bedroom. One Little Project shares these adorable airplanes, which are made from just clothespins and popsicle sticks. You could even hang them up from the ceiling to create a mobile, which would be a fun bedroom or playroom decoration.
All of these wooden clothespin projects will barely cost you anything to create and yet will make a fun addition to your home this year. The next time you find you have some spare wooden clothespins, consider creating one of these DIY projects. Clothespins are also incredibly easy to paint, so you can adjust the color and style of any project to fit your home décor.