Simple Decorated Clothespins

Decorated clothespins aren’t anything new–I’ve been making them for a long time, and actually first posted about them several years ago. However,  my obsession with them hasn’t changed much at all, and I love how they can transform an ordinary clothespin into the perfect accessory for magnet boards, clipboards, and more.

I’ve used several different methods to cover them, including fabric, paper, paint and stamps.  I’m going to share a method I tried this week–the easiest yet!  It literally takes less than 1 minute to cover a clothespin!  LOVE that!  I’m all about things that are simple, don’t take a lot of time, but make a huge difference.

What makes these so easy?  I used borders with an adhesive backing that are intended for scrapbooking.  I bought mine at a local scrapbook store, but you can also find them online.  Since they are already adhesive, it’s just a matter of placing your clothespin on the sticky side of the border, and trimming around it with scissors.  If you want to paint yours first, you totally can–I preferred the natural sides this time, so didn’t do that.


*scrapbook borders with adhesive backing (stickers–see above)



*Distress Ink


Step 1:  Place your clothespin on the back side (sticky side) of the border.

Step 2:  Use scissors to trim the excess border from the clothespin.

Step 3:  Repeat on the other side.

Step 4:  Use Distress Ink around the edges of both sides of the clothespin to add dimension and a little vintage yumminess.

See?  SO SO easy!

Ideas for clothespins?

*Add them to a pine board that’s been painted and distressed–perfect for hanging art!

*Hot glue a magnet on the back, and use on a magnet board

*Staple chicken wire to an open frame, and use clothespins to attach artwork, papers, or pictures

*Hot glue them to a wooden pallet–perfect for pictures!  I did that on my wood pallet photo display, and love it!

*Fill up a brown paper lunch sack with treats, fold over a few times, and use a decorated clothespin to keep it shut.  You could even tie a cute tag around it!

*Staple several pieces of twine to the back of an open frame (or even across a blank wall), and use clothespins to clip to attach pictures, art, and more.

*Clothespin valentines!

*Chore charts

There are a million more ideas out there, and really, the sky’s the limit!


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