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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fancy Clothespins

note clothespins, originally uploaded by Nestlings.

Re-purposed Clothespins

Andrea posted about our re-purposed cabinet doors with the wonderful chippy paint yesterday. Each one is truly one of kind and we all immediately fell in love with them. Well, almost all of us. My dad kept scratching his head saying “hmmm, I just don’t get it, but tell me where to attach the screws.” He was truly a good sport about it. Besides the chippy paint, what really set these cabinets off were the decorative clothespins. This was a very sweet and simple way to set off the photos and note cards that were being displayed and so simple to create.

My fourteen year old actually made the samples shown and the ones used on the cabinets at the show. Just like the Looking Sharp tutorial found here


Bits of paper {decorative scrapbook, the inside of envelopes, or an old dictionary}
Small/tiny paintbrush
Modge Podge


1.Gather supplies

2.Measure your clothespins and cut paper to size

3.Brush Modge Podge on the back of the strip and attach to the clothespin

4. Let dry at least ½

5. Alternative step; add a light coating of antique to give each clothespin a vintage feel

6. Once it’s dry you’ll go back over the top of each piece of decorative paper to add a protective finish to each clip

There are many uses for the decorative clothespins even if you don’t have a vintage door. Kids’ artwork or photos can be hung with twine, add a strong magnet and hang notes from the fridge, or use to hold a gift tag on a bag. Please leave a comment and tell us how you would use decorative clothespins in your life and one lucky comment will win your choice of the green/blue or dictionary clothespins. This will end Sunday June 6th!


  1. In my family, for a long time, my mom was a single mom who worked full time. This resulted in us being latch-key kids who were often home from school a few hours before mom got off work. Mom made sure her presence was there though. Each of us had a spot in the house where mom knew we would see a note if she put one there for us and so there were messages for us often. These clothes pins would be great for creating a message board for the whole family or even at each cubby in a mud room to leaves notes, chores, warm fuzzies etc. Love them!

  2. These are so fun! Love the colors -

  3. I would love to use these as magnets on my fridge or in kids' rooms to hang their artwork. :)