Clothespins – you can by huge packs of them at a super low price, and they’re made of solid wood. That’s what makes clothespin crafts so amazing – they are sturdy and not in the least bit tacky, like some other cheap craft materials can be. You’ll find endless things to make with clothes pegs but here are just a few.
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A while ago, I picked up a cheap pack of clothespins to use for crafting. I started by coating some in narrow duct tape ( which adheres better than washi tape) and gluing magnets to the back using this glue to display my son’s artwork on the fridge.
I never even shared that mini craft on the blog, but recently, I posted these fun puppets which went viral on Facebook.
I began to learn just how diverse clothespin crafts can be, and how versatile they are. I still have so many clothespin crafts ideas in this overloaded brain of mine, and am working on something new now, but meanwhile I wanted to share some great ideas you’ll love!
- Cool Clothespin Crafts to Try Today!
- Clothespin Puppets
- More Clothespin Crafts for the Kids
- Beautiful Clothespin Crafts for the home
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Cool Clothespin Crafts to Try Today!
Did you know that clothespins are perfect for making puppets? The idea popped into my head as I was playing with them, and now clothespin puppets are a classic. Try these ideas and then come up with your own! The best clothespins for these are the classic wooden ones.
What an adorable craft! Use bright colors and make funny faces to act out your favorite story book!
After the previous clothespin crafts hit it off, I decided to create a few more clothespin puppet designs. These snowmen add a new angle – literally!
I even adapted these and added in a toilet paper roll version! I actually love this one so much – it adds loads of personality to these clothespin crafts!
For an extra cool spin, I made a unicorn version too! It’s even got braided mane!
One of the best features of clothespin crafts is the fine motor angle. On that note, when I created these monster puppets, I added a fine motor game to the mix.
Puppets by Adventure in a Box
These clothespins get turned into a STEAM project- so they are not only adorable, they’re educational! Get ready for a puppet show!
Clothespin People by Pink Stripey Socks
This is the perfect craft to express yourself. I can’t wait to get my family together around the table and just have fun drawing these!
Clothespin Dinosaur Craft by Crafts by Amanda
It doesn’t get better than this! These dinosaurs are so fun! I know my son will love making these come to life!
Clothespin Ballerinas by Live Craft Love
Aren’t these ballerinas undeniably sweet? Make a bunch, set up a stage and put on a show! It’ll keep your kids occupied for hours! Update: this post seems to not be live anymore. If you have an updated link please let me know!
More Clothespin Crafts for the Kids
Want more clothespin crafts for the little ones? These ideas are perfect for kids who like to have the “real” factor incorporated in their crafts – the kinds who love wood kits. But these are all budget friendly!
You can arrange clothespins into virtually any shape, but isn’t it delightful when it just works out beautifully? This butterfly is so cheerful and you can paint it any color you’d like.
For an even cooler twist, try this yarn wrapped beauty! It shows how mixing wooden clothespins with loads of texture gives you a kids’ craft that is just full of personality!
Clothes peg Bi-Plane by Incredibusy
My son would go totally gaga over these! I can’t wait to try it out and personalize it with some paint and stickers.
Sparkly Dragonflies by I Heart Crafty Things
The perfect craft for summer! This is a great way to get your kids talking about insects- and they’re glittery too!
Clothespin Button Car Craft by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
This is a great clothespin craft to do with your kids- and it’s a toy that will last, and get used over and over again!
Beautiful Clothespin Crafts for the home
Take it just a notch further and decorate your home with clothespin crafts! I Have more on the way, but for now, here are some favorite ideas!
This is one of those crafts that just work out beautifully, and while they were made as ornaments, you can totally make them as tiered tray or shelf decor too! Paint them in the colors of the flag for Independence Day!
Clothespin Planter by Ribbons and Glue
I am obsessed with this clothespin craft. I love everything about it- the creativity, the use, the addition of the beautiful paper on the clothespins… it just puts a smile on my face!
Clothespin Chandelier by Young House Love
How cool is this? This is such an inexpensive way to add a unique decor element to a room. Try making it with colored clothespins for a playroom!
Clothespin Mirror by Mod Podge Rocks
This craft make such great use of clothespins. It’s easy, fun- and you can even change it up every season with new clothespins.
Nautical Clothespin Candle Holder by Family Food and Faith
One day, when I have my dream house by the lake, I will be crafting these clothespin candle holders and leaving them all over the place. The link is no longer live – if you have an updated tutorial for this, please let me know so that I can add it!
Clothespin Trivets by the Country Chic Cottage
I don’t know about you, but in my house, I can never find a trivet when I need one. This craft is an easy, inexpensive way to make sure I always have one laying around.
Washi Tape Clothespins by Make Life Lovely
This is such a cute way to decorate clothespins- add a magnet and stick ’em on your fridge (I personally use these to display my kids’ artwork) , or use these in some of the other crafts in this roundup.
That’s all the clothespin crafts I have to share for now – but no worries! Looking at my craft stash, you can be sure that there will be more.
What are your favorite ways to craft with clothespins? Comment below!