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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Clothespins were, I think the very first craft supply I recognized as a “craft supply”. They were one of the first things I was given to go do something with as a child. We always had them around. Baskets of them in the laundry room – my grandmother still hung her laundry out to dry most days, tins of them in the kitchen, and baggies of them at the craft table. We painted them and turned them into pilgrims for thanksgiving, decorated them to identify who’s napkin belonged to whom, hung our art up with them…they were much loved for all sorts of things. And in my house, they still are. We love clothespins and I still keep a basket of them around all the time.

Because the thing is, they are just so darn handy.


They are so darn easy to turn into something fun!

I love this clothespin wreath, it’s cute and minimalist and, depending on the direction that the “clip” end goes, you could easily use it to hang up and display holiday cards or other small decorations. Smart, pretty and functional! And painted other colors, this same wreath could work during any season and with any decor.

This jar of old fashion clothespins wrapped in ribbon looks charming and rustic on it’s own, yes. But again, it’s also smart. I do something similar with embroidery floss, wrapping it around a clothespin and writing the color number on the wood so that it’s easy to unwind the amount I want AND it keeps from turning into a crazy mess. The fact that it looks beautiful sitting there with it’s fellows in a jar is just an excellent bonus. And now that I’ve seen it with ribbon I’m determined to turn that box to tangled up ribbon into something pretty and practical like this! I love it!

Of course, the main purpose of clothespins are to clip something to something else.

Here we see them hanging art (super cute use of the ruler there too!) and here they are used to hold place cards at a wedding.

Loving both! But even those every day clips that you keep around the kitchen to hold bags of chips closed can be spiced up and made fun. If you were to dive into my basket of clothespins, you’d probably come up with something like this cute pin, decorated simply, but beautifully, with a single layer of washi tape.

What’s you’re favorite use for clothespins? Crafty or otherwise?

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

2 thoughts on “Clothespins

  1. Debbie

    Love all the clothespin ideas! I just made my first memo holders using clothespins. The non-clipping type serve as primitive heads/bodies for my angel tree toppers.

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