I always have a big bag of clothespins from the Dollar Store in my laundry room. They’re super cheap, have multiple uses around the house, and are great for all kinds of crafts! I especially like all the creative ways you can use them to display photos!
I wanted to find a way to display thank you cards, wedding & baby announcements, little notes and reminders! I found a lot of ideas, but decided to create something that could double as a centerpiece. This simple display just took a few minutes, and I love how it came together!
I started with an embroidery ring that I had left over from another project. They are super cheap and come in lots of different sizes! I covered the ring with some washi tape and started painting the clothespins.
To get the pins completely covered in paint, I had to take them apart. It wasn’t super difficult, but putting them back together did hurt my fingers a bit, so you might want to just add washi tape to your clothespins instead of painting them! Once the clothespins dry completely, put them back together by pulling and slipping the spring into place.
Next, I used this industrial strength adhesive to attach the clothespins to the ring. I’m sure that superglue would work just as well, but this is my go-to craft glue! :-)
Once the glue has dried, you can attach your favorite photos and place a vase of flowers in the center. :-) I plan on making another one for Christmas cards!
Here are 20 other clever uses for clothespins:
#1. Hang skirts, ties or scarves over a wire hanger and secure them with clothespins.
#2. Organize paperwork, homework, coupons and more with labeled clothespins.
#3. Glue a clothespin inside a cupboard to hang rubber gloves.
#4. Hold a match with a clothespin to avoid burning your finger! This is especially helpful if you’re lighting a candle in a deep jar.
#5. Hold a nail when hammering.
#6. Clip a kitchen towel to your pants for a quick apron. You can also attach a napkin to a kid’s shirt for quick bib.
#7. Label cords and cables while keeping them tidy.
#8. Organize thread, yarn or even a pair of headphones!
#9. Hold down the page in your cookbook.
#10. Prop up a recipe card.
#11. Decorate a clothespin with washi tape and use it hold up seating cards.
#12. Use a clothespin as a cheap chip clip.
#13. Allow steam to escape from a pot with a lid.
#14. Bring a couple clothespins along when traveling. Clip together drapes that don’t quite stretch to keep your hotel room private and dark. :-)
#15. Clip your shopping list to the inside of your purse to keep it handy.
#16. Make cute magnet clips with a little decoration!
#17. Make a simple vase or pencil cup by clipping clothespins to the walls of an old (clean) tuna can. From Seventh House on the Left.
#18. Organize your schedule with clothespins labeled for every day of the week. From BHG.
#19. Create a storage shelf that’s perfect for the kitchen! Hang aprons, recipe cards and oven mitts. From CountryLiving.
#20. Make a foam brush out of a clothespin and some old packing material! From Family Handyman Magazine.
How do you use clothespins?