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Festive Clothespins Tutorial

December 21, 2009

Holiday time! You probably get an increase of fun snail mail. Unfortunately, each card is just one more piece of clutter. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to display your cards for cheap and still make them look festive. Look for solutions that go beyond the standard sleigh or basket.

Statistics prove* that 98% of you fall prey to Target’s brilliant Dollar Spot marketing scheme, where they place rows and rows of cheap, festive crap for us to geek out over and buy up. My favorite item is the little bundle of 18-inch ribbon. They are always seasonal!

Mama, Make Your Own Festive Clothespins While you watch the TV shows that no one else in your household likes but you

  • Yarn or string
  • Scissors
  • Nails, push pins, etc. (something to hang the string on the wall across a doorway)
  • A pack of wooden clothespins. Look for them at the Dollar store or BigBox stores near the ironing boards and laundry room storage solutions and accessories. This will run you no more than $2.
  • Grosgrain ribbon. I get the kind that come in a little tube that have 6 or so in them for $1 at the Target’s Dollar Spot. You can use any ribbon, really, but the general measurements are about 9 inch strips. Scrapbooking places or aisles have this kind of ribbon, too. As you can see, I’ve used a holiday and winter theme, but you can make ANY theme: wedding seating chart display clamps, table numbers, photo holders, etc.
  • Acrylic or spray paint if you want to paint the clothespins (I didn’t do this)
  • A mini-glue gun with some glue sticks. Okay, you can use a regular-sized gun, but the mini is at the Dollar Store.

1. Paint your clothespins on the edges and let them dry if you’d like. I didn’t do this step, but I bet if you jazzed it up with some silver, Crate and Barrel just might call you for their next season’s photoshoot. Add some glitter? Might as well quit your day job. Move over, Martha.

2. Cut each mini-roll of ribbon in half  (or cut 9-inch strips). This length is roughly 2.5 clothespins clamped together.

3. Squeeze the clip open and hold it. With your other hand, apply a bit of hot glue to the bottom inside of the clamp and press.

4. Apply a thin layer of glue to the outside, wrapping the ribbon without cutting it. Wrap it right over the clampy part without cutting the ribbon.

5. Apply glue to the rest of the ribbon, and wrap it around the other clampy part. Press, and by all means, don’t burn yourself. That glue HURTS.

6. Clamp them to something to finish drying.

7. Display!

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*Yeah, I made up that stat

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Christina permalink
    December 21, 2009 7:24 pm

    Love the clothespins!

  2. Bella permalink
    December 30, 2009 9:58 pm

    Loved these when I saw them at your house and love that they are simple enough that even un-crafty me could make them. This is a perfect idea for all of those Christmas cards that I never know where to display.

  3. January 22, 2010 10:34 pm

    Now, is HC going to come over and supervise me next year on this? My babies are still cute enough, but they sure wouldn’t fit in the bouncy chair.

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