Decorated Clothespin Tutorial

So now that you’ve gathered your supplies for your clothespin advent calendar, why not get started on those clothespins?

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

* 25 hinged clothespins

* Decorative paper

* Washi tape

* Trim or ribbon

* Mod Podge or Elmer’s glue

* Brush for spreading glue

* Paper cutter

* Scissors

Bear in mind that most of these supplies are optional/to your preference. This is everything I used but if you have other supplies you want to incorporate or experiment with, feel free.

Let’s start with the paper clothespins.

Hold your clothespin up against your paper to determine what size to cut the paper. Mark it with a pencil or make an indentation with your fingernail where you want to cut bot width-wise and length-wise. Place the marked paper on your paper cutter and slice, or carefully use scissors to cut to size.

Now just glue the paper in place on the front of the clothespin.

For the Washi tape clothespins:

Sometimes Washi tape can be hard to peel off. I like to tear it a little bit down the middle (vertically) and peel one side up to get it started. Do whatever works for you. Again, hold the tape up to the clothespin. Most likely it will be a little wider than the clothespin. Mark where you want to cut and do so. Then you can simply trim off how long you want the piece, peel and stick. With Washi tape, you can make it a little longer than the clothes pin and wrap it around the ends. Totally up to you.

^^^This is Washi tape by the way, and there are so many uses for it^^^

P.S. they have it everywhere, including the Walmart craft section.

For the trim or ribbon clothespins:

I used the lace trim seen in the picture. It was a little too wide so I cut around the rounded parts in the pattern and trimmed the flat side a little. Then cut it to length and glued it on.

If you’re using ribbon, you’ll want it to be very thin because trimming ribbon will result in frayed edges. Even if your ribbon is thinner than the clothespin, you can leave some wood exposed or paint the clothespin first, then add ribbon.

You could also simply use paint to design your clothespins, draw designs with Sharpies, or a combination of the two.

Sequins, beads, eyelash yarn, regular yarn, embroidery floss, puffy paint and felt all come to mind as other mediums to try. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to experiment. You can get a hundred clothespins for about $1!

Since the supplies are so varied and inexpensive this is a great advent craft to try with your kids.

I would love to see how yours turns out. Leave me a photo in the comments and let me know if you have any questions.

Love always,



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