How to do crafts with wooden clothespins

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How to do crafts with wooden clothespins
Even spring style clothespins can be used in craft projects. (clothes peg image by AGphotographer from

Clothespins, initially designed to attach wet laundry to clotheslines, didn't become obsolete after electric clothes dryers became the standard in American homes. Instead, creative crafters found innovative ways to use wooden peg clothespins in craft projects. When spring clothespins replaced the peg ones, crafters even found ways to use the new design. Crafters use peg clothespins to make dolls or combine several to make an ornament. The pinching feature of the spring clothespins works well for note holder projects, too.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Permanent markers
  • Drill
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Fabric
  • Glue
  • Goggle eyes
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Magnet
  • Magazines
  • Pictures
  • Cardboard

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  1. 1

    Draw a face on the round end of a wooden peg clothespin with fine-tipped permanent markers. Select a peg clothespin with a rounded end instead of a flat end.

  2. 2

    Drill a small hole below the round head and above the pegs. Insert a pipe cleaner in the hole and fashion it into arms for a doll, with one half of the pipe cleaner protruding from the right side, and the other half from the left side. Secure it in place by squirting a little hot glue into the hole. Shorten or bend the pipe cleaner, if necessary.

  3. 3

    Glue pieces of fuzzy yarn atop the clothespin for the doll's hair.

  4. 4

    Cut out pieces of fabric to fashion clothing for the clothespin doll. Glue the fabric onto the doll.

  1. 1

    Glue two peg clothespins together, side by side, to create the body and legs of the reindeer. Arrange the clothespins accordingly. One peg from each clothespin makes the legs on the right side of the reindeer, while one peg from each clothespin makes the legs on the left side of the reindeer.

  2. 2

    Turn one peg clothespin upside down and glue it onto the end of the body so that the pegs on the top will form the antlers and the round ball on the bottom will become the nose of the reindeer. The peg antlers should be above the body of the reindeer, while the round nose should fall near the middle of the legs.

  3. 3

    Paint the round nose red, the hooves on the feet black and the antlers brown.

  4. 4

    Glue two tiny goggle eyes on the face of the reindeer.

  5. 5

    Glue a tiny yarn ball on the back of the reindeer for the tail.

  1. 1

    Glue a magnet onto one side of a spring clothespin. Select a magnet large enough to support the weight of the clothespin plus several pieces of paper.

  2. 2

    Select a small picture from a magazine or choose one that you already have. Glue the picture onto a piece of cardboard to make a sturdy cardboard-backed picture.

  3. 3

    Cut out the picture. Cut it into any desired shape, such as a heart or circle. It should be no larger than 1 1/2 inches square.

  4. 4

    Glue the cardboard backed picture to the other side of the clothespin (opposite the magnet). Use the finished craft project as a refrigerator magnet. When hanging something with the magnet, "pinch" it between the teeth of the clothespin.

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