Craft Ideas for Wooden Clothespins

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Craft Ideas for Wooden Clothespins
Use wooden clothespins as craft material. (wood clothespin close-up image by vnlit from

While the initial function of the wooden clothespin was to hold laundry on the clothesline, crafters have found other purposes for the item. Not all clothespins look the same. Some are clamps that open and close with help of a spring, while others are a single-piece peg. The clothespin type influences how best to utilise the object in a craft project.

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Altered Books

Use a wooden clothespin (any type) to embellish an altered book project. With a felt tip pen, write words or create designs on the clothespin. Slip or clamp the decorated clothespin onto pages in the book, using it to mark a location.


When making a hanging holiday ornament you might attach something on the top of the ornament, such as a hook, to help display the object. Eliminate this step by decorating a clamp-type clothespin to create a festive ornament. Pinch the clothespin to open the clamp, and attach the decorated pin to a Christmas tree, curtains or another surface. Use the clothespin as the skeletal structure of the ornament, and decorate by artfully gluing on pieces of fabric, ribbon, feathers, beads or other embellishments. Create a fanciful creature, character or holiday themed object.


Turn old-fashioned wooden peg clothespins into clothespin dolls. Use the round top as the doll's head, or attach a larger wooden ball to the top of the pin. Peg-style clothespins sold in the craft store tend to be flatter, without a rounded head. Fashion arms from a bendable pipe cleaner and dress the doll in bits of fabric. Settle on a theme and era when dressing the doll. For example, you may decide to make a bride clothespin doll, a pilgrim doll or an angel. By affixing a ribbon loop to the top of the doll, the object becomes a hanging ornament.


Turn a clamp-style clothespin into a kitchen magnet. Decorate one side of the clothespin, leaving the opposite side for affixing a magnet. The goal is to create a decorated clothespin that sticks to the outside of the refrigerator while holding paper in its pinching clamp. If the magnet secured to the backside of the clothespin is undersized, the clothespin magnet will fall off or slide down the side of the refrigerator. Consider the finished weight of the project before adding embellishments.

Recipe or Note Holder

Affix the clamp-style clothespin to a sturdy surface to create a recipe or note holder. Before adding the clothespin, paint or stain it. One way to make a recipe holder is to affix the clothespin to the top of a small recipe box. When using a recipe card from the box, let the clothespin hold the card in place.

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