Decorated Clothespins

On my last trip to visit my parents, my mother, the estate sale queen, took me to a sale where I scored a bag full of clothespins for really cheap.  I had in mind at least one project for them and I'm sure many more will follow. For today, I'm going to show you how I made these adorable Decorated Clothespins.(I was inspired by Hubby Made Me's clothespin magnets posted recently.)
What you need:
Clothespins, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, foam brush, paper cutter/scissors, sand paper and magnets (optional)
To leave the gap on the clothespins, I cut the two sections into 3/8 in. x 2 1/4 in. and 3/8 in. x 1 in., making 2 sets for each pin. However, if you were going to use these as magnets, you could just do the front side of the pins.
Spread a coat of Mod Podge on the clothespin.
Stick the paper strip to the clothespin and press firmly. (the words "wish" and "joy" were stamped on the paper strips)
Let the pins dry completely.
Gently sand the edges of the clothespins to remove overhanging paper and distress.
Spread a coat of Mod Podge to seal the clothespin.
At this point, you can attach a magnet to the back...I forgot to do this for the picture. Or you could leave it plain, without the magnet.
I packaged mine in a bag and made a little topper out of coordinating scrapbook paper and a stamped sentiment. These were really easy to make and came together quickly. They would make a great teacher gift at Christmas or even a hostess gift for all those get-togethers you'll be attending this holiday season.
BTW, I apologize for not keeping the spelling of 'clothespin' consistent throughout the post. Apparently, either form is acceptable and my tired brain decided it would be a blast to use both spellings. I could correct it in the post, but the pictures...well, let's just say I didn't have the gumption to go back and change them all. I hope you'll forgive me. ;-)

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34 comments:

  1. They turned out so cute! What a fun little hostess gift! Love the color choice of the scrapbook paper. XO

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  2. Those are so cute! I love a cute & simple craft. I like the idea of using them as a hostess gift. It's something different.

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  3. These are really a cute idea. Thanks for sharing it. Love how you packaged them.

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  4. What a creative idea! Very, very cute and pretty!

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  5. I love the distressed look. I have seen these around, but never tried them because I thought you had to remove the spring. DUH! Just cut two pieces! Thanks for setting me straight.

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  6. I just bought a bag of clothespins today thinking I'll use them somewhere. What a great idea!

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  7. So cute! Pinning this for myself and it is a great gift idea!! So creative!

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  8. So cute... I love clothespins! These are pretty!

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  9. What a fun idea and a great way to use some of the bits of paper in my scrap box. Thanks for sharing. I'm pinning this one.

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  10. Hi Nici
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me...I'm happy to follow you. You have some great ideas and I love the name of your blog. Thanks for the kind words.

    Jenna

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  11. I saw something similar at a craft show recently and fell in love - can't wait to make them! Joining from Shine on Fridays - http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/

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  12. I love your idea ! I will use it for my clothespins .
    Thank you Nici,
    Hug,
    Ada.

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  13. Thanks for sharing such a sweet gift idea. Clothespins are such a great way to hold together papers and other odds and ends. I love the way you packaged them. They'd make a thoughtful teacher's gift.

    I wanted to invite you to share your idea on my blog, Confetti Diaries, link party this week. I know my readers would really enjoy such wonderful inspiration. Hope you'll join us!

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  14. Cute gift idea. So many design possibilities.

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  15. SO cute! These would be great gift ideas!

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  16. Love how you've distresses these after applying the paper!!! Very effective...

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  17. Awesome! I love these & will have to dress mine up. A new follower. Found you via Create with Joy's hop drop by anytime I am @ DearCreatives.com

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  18. These are adorable! I love the paper you chose :) I'd love for you to share this at my link party going on right now:

    http://sewingbarefoot.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-weekly-creative-9-and-giveaway.html

    Have a great week!
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  19. Found you on the link up. This is my favorite of the day! I love these. so simple yet they look amazing. Now a follower. come check me out.
    www.thesweetpeapod.blogspot.com

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  20. Hi Nici,
    These are adorable. I love them. So cute. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party last week.
    Have a great Thanksgiving.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  21. Such a cute idea! So simple and sweet as a Christmas gift. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. These are so cute! I would love for you to share these, and any other of your great ideas, on my weekly Mom's Library Link-Up.
    Usually runs Wed-Fri, however, this week being a holiday, it will be up Tuesday morning!

    Thanks and be blessed,
    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

    www.heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com

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  23. Nici, those are adorable! I keep wanting to do a little project like this. Yours came out so cute. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  24. How adorable! They would make cute magnets!

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  25. love how you packaged them up for gifts. Great idea!

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  26. A cute idea! And soooo similar to mine! =)
    I like clothespins too
    Silvia

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  27. Such a fun idea for a gift!! Thanks for sharing, Nici. This post will be FEATURED this week. Thanks, Nichi

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  28. These look amazing! You are a Featured Favorite this week at Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thank so much for sharing this and others last week; we love having you! Can't wait to see what you've got for us this week!
    Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

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  29. What a great, yet simple, idea!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    -Fotini

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