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Who doesn't want to save a little money and keep numerous dry goods fresher longer? Head to your laundry room and grab all the cloths pegs you can. Wooden ones are cheaper to buy.
Keep a stash in your "go to" kitchen drawer. Use a clothes peg to seal up the wax bags in all your cereal boxes, tube of opened crackers, and bags of chips, pretzels, and other snack food. Discard those tie wraps from loaves of bread and replace with a cloths peg. Use them in the refrigerator as well for bags of lettuce, cheese, and even frozen goods.
If you start your garden from seed, as I do, use them to reseal the seed packages and you can even write on the wooden pegs with planting info. I'm sure you'll find many more uses too!
By Angie from Russellville, KY
When you kill insect with a fly swatter, shoe, newspaper, etc., pick up the insect with a clothespin to put in the trash. That way you don't get stung or bitten if it's not dead.
By Barbara from Hickory, OK
Here are some creative uses for plastic or wooden clothes pins from our ThriftyFun community. Post your own ideas here.
My husband has 1 whole wall with nothing but hats. To keep hats from getting dusty, I put the hats he doesn't use in plastic zip lock and clip to the back of the hat or the brim whichever way you want to hang them. You can paint them to make them attractive or make them to give as gifts to men who have lots of hats. Lets see, my husband has approx. 250 hats on his wall.
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By Bobby Joe
I use spring-type clothes pins to clip treats to the bars of my bird's cage like millet sprays, snow peas, romaine lettuce and omelet. They make a sturdy, cheap holder, easy to fill and can be positioned anywhere.
Well I have a strange tip, but a good one. My husband and I camp. We had bags open with food in them and had forgotten to bring things to close them with so I grabbed a couple of clothes pins the kind with the spring you squeeze to open. They are fantastic, work great and the nice thing is that they are cheap.
Clothes pins can be an inexpensive alternative to buying more expensive chip clips. This is a guide about use clothespins as chip clips.
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We are moving from a trailer to a house and I need help! I want to make curtains. I am very crafty, but the last time I used a sewing machine I attached 2 of my fingernails to the shirt I was sewing. I am not needle friendly. I saw a picture a while back of towels clothespins for the curtain hooks. I love it for my laundry room. But how do I do them so they don't fall every time you brush passed them. I would really appreciate the advice. THANKS!
CJ from Liverpool, OH
A few years back I moved to an appartment with a small window. Instead of sewing the towel, I have cut three pieces of ribbon for each towel. To hold the ribbon and towels together, I used a simple safety pin. It worked great and I was able to open and close my "curtains". Hopes it works for you too.
I once made drapes for my bathroom out of towels. I used some that went really nice with the towels. I had and not having a sewing machine, I sewed them by hand. When I was finished I sewed them the other way to help make them stronger. They lasted along time and were really a lot warmer in the winter and helped with the heat in the summer. Also you can buy flat sheet's and make drapes. They have fabric glue out you could use, fold over the top part leaving enough space for your rod and I am talking a plain rod.If you do not have the money for embellishment's make your drapes now embellish next month. You can buy lace and so many other thing's to match any room. Lace etc use your imagination. And if you have a Gabe's near by, I bought 2 different kind's one long pair and one short pair of lace drapes (each pair) only a dollar a pair. Unbelievable isn't it. It is amazing the thing's you can do any more! Lot's of GOOD LUCK! Darlene
You can buy sheep-blanket safety pins from any feed store or eBay, or Nasco.com. They are about four inches long and would work great.
When I was a kid, my mom used the clip-type curtain rings. She clipped the top edge of some pretty towels and hung them in our bathroom. Good luck with your project!
When I moved from a trailer to a home I used beautiful twin sized sheets available really reasonable and you just slip the curtain rod through the hem! ..now you have to come up with some fun tiebacks to use too!Also,
be sure to let your friends and family know you have a need.They may pitch in and bring you something you love!
Give it a try!
What do you use clothes pins for other than hanging clothes on a clothes line?
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There are lots of uses for clothes pins! I have a hard time holding little nails still while I am getting ready to hammer them in the wall. Then I found about a great little tip - I hold the nail in place with a wooden spring type clothes pin.
Besides using as clip chips, I also hot glued a couple inside my cabinet to hold my rubber gloves. They also can hold small objects together while waiting for glue to dry. And hold curtains back in a pinch (you could even glue cute buttons on the front as a decorative touch).
By Carol from Landisville, PA
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No reason to buy expensive bag clips, just use a clothespin! Also, attach notes to your wall calendar to keep them safe. (03/30/2009)
My family used lots of towels when they shower. We had to cut down on expenses in order to make ends meet. Instead of washing their towels everyday, I let them hang their towels and reuse them. So now I only wash towels every other day, which saves money on the water and power bills each month. I write each one's name on a clothes pin and pin it to the damp towels after each shower. The next day, they know which dry towel is theirs by looking for their name on the clothes pin. (03/30/2009)
I use them to close all kinds of bags: bread bags, cereal bags, chip bags, frozen veggie bags, you get the idea. I use them in the cupboard, counter, in the fridge and in the freezer. Love, love, love them! (03/31/2009)
By Katie A.
I have used clothes pins to hold a piece of sponge. This is a great way to let your toddler or preschooler paint. They hold the clothes pin, dip in paint and then put on paper or object being painted. No mess, no fuss, easy cleanup. (04/01/2009)
I always keep a couple of clothespins in my suitcase, because it never fails - every hotel I've stayed in have curtains that gap at least a little and let outside light in(or peeping eyes!), so I clip the curtains together and prevent the gap.
My mom killed the battery in her car several times by forgetting the headlights were on. She began clipping a clothespin on her visor(pull visor down so it blocks vision) or her steering wheel. Then when she would get in, she'd see the clothespin and transfer it to her keychain before starting the car, so that when she turned the ignition off, there would be the clothespin on her keychain to remind her to turn her headlights off and put the pin back where she saved it.
I always thought my mom's method would be a good way for busy parents to remember their child is in the car and maybe prevent the ever-growing incidents of infants being forgotten and dying in vehicles. (04/14/2009)
I do a lot of knitting and crocheting using instructions I have put into see-through sheet protectors. When trying to follow line after line of instructions, it's hard to not lose your place. My remedy is this: Take a spring type clothespin, a popsicle stick and some wood glue (I use Titebond ll). Hold the clothespin open and put some glue onto one side (where it clips onto the clothes) and put the popsicle stick flat-side down on top of the glue. Be sure to wipe off excess glue (if there is too much), center it as to where you want it placed and close the open side down onto the popsicle stick. Let dry overnight...(I always let glue of any type dry for 24 hours). When it is ready, I use it to clip onto the side of my page of directions and use it as a line by line marker. I've made several to use as I always have more then one project going at any given time. Keep in mind that the marker does not go all the way across the page, but, all in all it works wonderfully (at least for me). =(^-^)=
What do you use clothes pins for other than hanging clothes on a clothes line?
I use clothes pins to close potato chip and snack bags, chocolate chips, etc. They are less expensive than the plastic ones. They take up less space it our camper, too.I love using the snap clothes pins for re-closing bags. I would never spend money on those 'bag clips' sold in stores. The clothes pins are so handy to use, and being "inexpensive" is my favorite reason!! Another great use for them is to close frozen veggie bags, just twist the top of the bag after you have taken out the portion you want and put the clothes pin on to hold it in place. - Michelle, Carol, Diane, Mike & Evelyn (07/27/2001)
I use pinch clothespins for closing bread wrappers, pretzels or chips. Also for hanging skirts on hangers. Try it. (07/30/2001)
I use a clothespin to clean the lint screen in my dryer. Using my fingers always resulted in "sanding" the edges of my fingernails. - Harlean (07/30/2001)
For a very inexpensive way to hang curtains, nail twine or even fishing line to your window facings, then using clothespins, hang your curtains at the window. Use a color that matches the room, or a contrasting color for interest. Red, white & blue look really cute in a childs' room with a nautical or patriotic theme. Or pretty pastels in a litte girl's room to coordinate with her bedspread. - Barb (07/30/2001)
Clothespins make very good clamps for small gluing projects. Also when we used to make big pots of tea I would clip one on the tags so the bags would be more easy to get out of the pot,less burned fingers are always a good idea.I love the clothespins with hooks on them. I hang loads of things besides laundry with them.Pot holderscalendarspicturescraft projectswet scouring pads & dish clothsRecipe cardsTowels & wash cloths in the bathroomPrintouts in the computer room. Like I said:The list is based on your needs & imagination - Linne (07/30/2001)
I also use them to hang up skirts and pants on hangers. They are easy to use and the kids can use them too! - J Leary (07/31/2001)
Short on cupboard space? - remove some of those less than full bags of cereal from the box & clip a clothespin on the folded over bag top.
Clip different color clothespins on certain bills to keep them together & easy to find - i.e., red/utility bills, green/mortgage(rent), blue/chg.cards, etc. (you get the idea).
Crafters - keep pattern sheets/pieces together, use as clamps for small, lightweight objects.
Bookmark for magazine/book pages.
Clip a note to: lampshade, purse strap, article of clothing, etc..
Keep gloves, mittens, socks, etc. together.
Clip together money to have ready to pay the pizza delivery person (so it won't blow to the floor).
Use one to hold a nail so your finger is safe from the hammer!
Also, to hold a screw so both hands are free for better torque (& safe as well) These ideas should serve to spawn many more creative ones! - Martha V. (07/31/2001)
Make a small line & use the pins to hang messages on! Or glue a small magnet (available at craft stores or dollar stores) & use them as fridge magnets to hang messages, coupons, etc. on the fridge or metal filing cabinet. - Alekscat the frugal feline in Richmond, VA (07/31/2001)
A fun way to use a wooden clothespin is to pour some heavy cream into an old clean mayonnaise jar with a lid. Add a clothespin and seal the jar tightly with the lid. Have the kids take turns to shake it until it turns into sweet creamy butter. This is especially good if they are baking bread at the same time, or before toasting it over the (camp)fire. It takes a while..but it is a fun way to help kids learn where food comes from, and tastes great. Margaret (08/01/2001)
I use a nail brush or sponge on my lint screen & also use clothes pins to pin quilts up in my windows in winter & of course to pin the curtains across in winter too. - Linne (08/01/2001)
When my son was in preschool he came home with loads of art work everyday. Instead of putting these masterpieces in a box, I hung them on clothes pins that I painted (different colors and designs) and hot glued to the window frames and created a very unique window treatment.~Lynn R~ (08/02/2001)
I hammered a thin nail (so as NOt to make a very large hole in wall) in one side of the clip clothes pin and them hammered them on the wall and hang all the baseball caps on them. Also painted them to match the kids room. Great way to hang their pictures on the wall without the use of tape, glue, etc. Makes a nice little display area. (08/02/2001)
I have an in the house mail drop. but when I want to mail something, I use a clothes pin to clip the mail to the flap of the in the house mail drop. Works great ! - Geraldine (08/03/2001)
At a craft fair I saw a clothespin with a washer glued onit. It was labeled "Redneck Washer & Dryer".I'm pretty sure Margaret means to use the kind of clothes pins without the metal thingy to hold them together when making butter. I would be scared to use the other kind, don't know what the reaction might be. - Linne (08/03/2001)
Paint two clothespins a pretty color with leftover paint. Carry the clothespins in your purse or pocket. Now you can turn a large dinner napkin into a 'bib' for children by clipping the napkin (or two together) to their clothes or around their neck. - Burnice (08/10/2001)
When the wick of a candle has burned down low into a jar, tear a match from a match book and before lighting it, pinch the very end with a clothes pin and then strike the match. This way you won't burn yourself when holding the candle up and at an angle tolight it. After you finish, clip the clothes pin to the matchbook to have it handy the next time. Leigh (10/10/2001)
Use clothes pins to reseal chip bags, etc. Also keep a few extra with you in a diaper bag and use in place of a bib. Just clip on a napkin with the clothes pins and you have a throwaway bib. (04/09/2004)
Instead of buying the "fancy" clip bag closures to close up the potato chip bag, use a "spring-type" clothespin instead. Serves the same purpose and is cheaper!
By Mary (05/07/2004)
When packing for a vacation, throw 3 or 4 clothespins in the suitcase. You will find a use for them! You may need to wash out a clothing item and hang it in the shower at the motel room - you may need to pin the motel room curtains together to keep the gap from letting in light. You may want to use a clothespin to hold the map folded to the page showing the area you are traveling. I have never yet not needed them! (05/07/2004)
By Becki in Indiana
My sister-in-law took the hinges out of wooden clothes pins and glued the halves into a miniature rocking chair and put a little teddy bear in it as a gift to my daughter.
Add a small bag of them to your camp gear, along with a small piece of rope. You never know if you need to hang dry something.
Use them to clamp electrical cords together. If they aren't too thick or too many of them it should hold well.
There is an enamel spray you can buy to spray over it. Look near the spray paints in the store. (05/26/2004)
This is a really obvious tip but maybe not everyone has thought of it. When we open a bag of something in the kitchen (e.g. bag of nuts, packet of rice) but don't use all of it immediately, I keep a strip of cardboard with wooden clothes pegs on it in a drawer and we use one of those to close the bag - easy, frugal and they last for years!
By Gill (06/14/2004)
I use a cigarette lighter to burn the paper off to make a U shape from the wire. It makes great hangers for salt-dough ornaments or polymer clay figures.Just stick it into the top of the ornament. You can get two hooks from one twist tie. Saves lots of money on wire. (06/18/2004)
By Ruth I.
(b)Clothes Pin Match Gun(/b)
Does anyone know how to alter a clothes pin to light and shoot a wooden match? It's a neat little trick and I can't remember how to do it. (07/02/2004)
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By Steve O
Keep a few extra with you in a diaper bag and use in place of a bib. Just clip on a napkin with the clothes pins and you have a throwaway bib.
- Connie (07/07/2004)
If a candle has burned down low in a container, pinch a match with a clothes pin, and carefully strike match. This will give you an extra 5 inches and you'll be able to light the wick without getting burned.
By Flaws5 (07/07/2004)
I keep a clothespin clipped on my sun visor in the car. It comes in handy every so often for this-and-that!
I have a cocker spaniel dog that has long hair on her ears. When I give her a bowl to lick clean her ears drag in the bowl. Taking a clothes pin and clipping her ears above her head keeps the hair on her ears clean. Once the bowl is licked clean I remove the clothes pin. (10/16/2004)
Put those old clothespins to use. Instead of bread ties to keep your bread closed use clothespins. Also works well for keeping frozen french fries closed in the freezer and a multitude of other things. (11/08/2004)
I use one on my mailbox (I live in the city and have a box that is hanging on my house) when I have outgoing mail, I clip it with the clothespin so it doesn't blow away!!
I use clothes pins as a classroom pass for my students. My name is printed on the pin . When a student has permission to leave the classroom, they take the pin as proof they they have business outside the classroom. (11/13/2004)
Plastic clothes pins do just as good a job as a chip clip as do the special clips at keeping your frozen food closed and chips fresh. They cost far less, too!
By Robin (11/22/2004)
I use clothes pins to close my chip bags or any other kind of snack foods, even some refrigerator items, like a bag of salad. They are so handy around the house. They come in large quantities and don't cost very much.
By Daisy (12/09/2004)
A bag of plastic clothespins from the dollar store has so many uses. I keep a handful in the kitchen to re-close opened bags of veggies.
By Linda (01/11/2005)
My kids (3 year old and 5 year old) have several matched sets of clothes where the pants and shirts match. Regardless of putting them in their drawer together, they never managed to come out with a matching pair. Recently, I've started folding their clothes and then clipping the shirt to the pants with a clothes pin. When they get dressed, they come out with a matched set and know to put the old pin back on the counter to be used next time I do laundry. (01/11/2005)
By Beth Ann
If you put a clothespin on each of your fingers and keep them there for a little while such as a minute is is supposed to give you more energy. Stop if there is pain or numbness of course.
Clothespins used to be dropped in a milk jar that was empty as a target game for kids.
Matching cups and colored clothespins can be a learning game for kids.
I like them for hanging wet paintings on a line outside to dry,
Also they can be a reminder to take pills every day if you place the clothespin on the basket the pills are in after you take them. One color for morning one color for noon dosages and one color for night doses.
Uncommon Uses for Clothespins
Clip for a quick pick. Keep a bag of clothespins in the laundry room. When you have an item that needs special attention before it's washed, clip a clothespin to it. That way, if you forget, you'll be reminded as you start to put it in the washer.
Keep fingers from getting burned. If you put a match into a spring-type clothespin to light charcoal, candles, fireplaces, etc. you'll have a little more safety distance between your fingers and the fire.
Ensure your privacy. Carry a few clothespins when traveling. If you get a hotel room with drapes that don't quite meet, just pull the edges together and clip them. You'll keep out any distracting outside light as well as unwanted peepers.
Make handy holders. Attach a row of clip clothespins to a closet wall with a glue gun. They make convenient holders for scarves and gloves.
Use all your toothpaste. It's frustrating to throw away a tube of toothpaste when you know there's more inside. A clothespin can help hold the back of the tube flat as you use up what's left in the front of the tube.
Keep snacks fresh. Clothespins are perfect for re-closing bags of potato chips, crackers, cookies, etc.
Don't cross your wires. If you change your own spark plugs, you might get confused about which wires go to which spark plug. You can fix that by writing numbers on wooden clothespins with a marker and clipping one to each wire.
Spread them. If you want to encourage the branches of your young fruit trees to spread out, clip a couple of spring-type clothespins together, and wedge them into the fork formed by the branch and the trunk.
Excerpt from FC&As Uncommon Uses For Common Household Products
I clip one to my car antenna when at the mall so I can find the car. I sometimes make them with ribbon streamers, but a bright colored one works just as well. (01/11/2005)
Get a dollar store bag of plastic clothes pins and keep a bunch in the kitchen. I use them to reclose bags of frozen veggies, bread bags and chip bags. I like to use them to clip my coupons together, too.
By Linda (06/13/2005)
Use them as weights when you have a tablecloth on a table outside and the wind is kicking up. (06/13/2005)
I have used the spring type clothespins to hold my hair back away from my face. The first time I did this my husband didn't even notice the two clothespins on top of my head. His excuse for not commenting was he thought I was losing my mind! (06/13/2005)
Well, the only one I didn't see was to put magnets on the back of them and use to clip things to fridge! I use them all the time for this! (06/14/2005)
We use a clothes pin to show are location in the building. We have a chart hanging outside our classroom door. Also for regular straight clothes pins; I have made worry dolls with scrapes of fabric and yarn. gail2656 (07/19/2005)
If you are shopping and you can't hold all your bags and you have ice cream, take the clothespin and clip it to your jeans, and you can eat the ice cream with both hands! (12/03/2006)
While teaching younger children grammar (even older ones love this), we put a different punctuation mark on each clothespin. For example, a period on one, a question mark on another, one side of a set of quotation marks on another ("), and so on. then I write sentences in big letters on long strips of paper, give them the clothespins and they simply clip the punctuation where it belongs. It's a great way to teach them higher levels of writing with out all the writing, which can be hard on their hand and attention at younger ages. I love it. They love it. I hope you'll love it. (08/29/2007)
If you don't have skirt hangers, simply use clothespins to clip the band of the skirt to the upper part of the clothes hanger.
This works great for two-piece dresses also. Clip the skirt on the bottom part of the hanger and then hang the blouse on the hanger, keeping both pieces together. (07/02/2009)
Another way to make a gun to shoot matches with clothespins. This one is a little trickier then the one above but it is fun.