Crafts Made With Clothespins

Clothespins can be used in making a wide variety of craft projects. This is a guide about crafts made with clothespins.

A cute bird made with a clothespin.
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There's really nothing wrong with a plain clothespin. But, I thought I would "jazz" mine up, just because I could! This is a very quick, easy project. You can use them as fancy chip clips, as magnets on your fridge, with a magnet glued on the back, or whatever purpose you can imagine!

various decorated pins

Approximate Time: 5 minutes, minus drying time.

Yield: as many as you would like!


  • clothespins
  • scrap paper
  • scissors and a pencil
  • glue or modge podge
  • paintbrush
  • sealer, if using
  • any embellishment you would like (buttons, beads, etc)


  1. Place clothespin on scrap paper.
  2. Paper-Covered Clothespins
  3. Trace around it with a pencil or pen.
  4. Paper-Covered Clothespins
  5. Cut out the shape, cutting on the inside of the pen marking.
  6. Paper-Covered Clothespins
  7. Apply glue or modge podge to the top of the clothespin.
  8. Paper-Covered Clothespins
  9. Place the paper on the clothespin. Press on the paper, smoothing out any air bubbles.
  10. Paper-Covered Clothespins
  11. Once dry, apply sealer to keep your clothespins from getting stained or dirty.
  12. Paper-Covered Clothespins
  13. Add embellishments, if you would like. You could also add a magnet to the back, to place the clothespin on your fridge to hold notes, pictures, etc.
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Completed doll.This quick craft is inspired by the "Tiny" dolls seen on the children's program "Dinosaur Train." The dolls are meant to look like pteranodons made from sticks and leaves.

Approximate Time: 3 minutes


  • spring-less clothespin
  • silk floral leaf
  • silk floral flowers (optional)
Materials needed for craft.


  1. Remove the leaf and/or flowers you are using from the floral stem by pulling it off.
  2. Place nubby end of leaf/flower between the prongs of the wooden clothespin at the bottom.
  3. Sliding leaves up the inside of clothes pin.

  4. Push the leaf/flower up toward the middle of the clothespin. As it moves higher, the clothespin narrows, tightly holding the leaf or flower.
  5. Add additional flowers or leaves if you like. Secure with tape or glue if desired.
Completed doll.

By Kirsten from Logan, UT

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Spray pin with cheap white paint and use what ever coloring items you want. Good for chip bag clips, refrigerator magnets (glue a strip of magnetic piece to pin). I like glitter for Christmas tree ornaments. When clipped on to pine tree the tree lights really reflect the glitter.

By Cindy from Key West, FL, USA

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This is a guide about making clothespin dolls. Clothes pins have long been a starting point for making many different craft projects.

Clothespin Doll

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Decorative or toy pregnant Mary, Joseph, and donkey made mostly from clothes pins and pipe cleaners!

clothes pin figures

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Crafts MiscellaneousJanuary 5, 2013
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