55 Clothespin Crafts

Rosanna Robertson
Dec 12, 2023 By Rosanna Robertson
Originally Published on Jun 17, 2020
There are many different craft ideas that you can do with split pins.
Age: 0-99
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Clothespins are one of the most useful craft items you can find!

The clothespin is mainly used to hang clothes, but it may be used for much more. A basic clothespin may be transformed into various beautiful creations with some imagination and effort. The clothespin is an excellent addition to your crafting supplies for many DIY projects. Clothespin kids' crafts ideas are infinite and can be fun and practical.

Make creative paper characters, shadow puppets, and Jumping Jacks using just paper and some clothespins. Follow our list of clothespin craft ideas - or use the list as inspiration and come up with your DIY designs for puppets, dolls, and other clothespin crafts and activities.

1. DIY Clothespin Clock

This simple DIY can add an extra element to an ordinary clock and elevate the design completely. Its easy, its simple and it look stunning!

Materials Required:

  • Wood clothespins
  • Craft glue
  • Clock movement kit
  • Spray paint – color of your choice
  • Wood circles (2 1/2″) – 2
  • Drill (bit to fit your movement)


Begin by separating the wooden clothespins carefully. This can be done by twisting two halves and removing the spring between them. Glue the flat sides of your clothespin with an adhesive like a craft glue.

You will need 32 pairs of clothespins. Lay out these clothespins in a circular shape to make a clock base. Sandwich the clothespins one by one and glue them till you make a complete circle.

Now, take the wood circles and drill a small circle in the center. Spray paint both the sides of your clothespin clock base as well as the center circle.

Glue one of the circle on the back in the center of your clock base. Fit the movement from the back of the clock base and attach the clock hands. Finally, glue another circle onto the front of the clock over the movement.

Use a marker to write numbers on your clock, and your own DIY home décor is ready!

2. DIY Clothespin Doll

Create a cute doll as a centerpiece for your mantel and customize her as you please! You can create an entire doll family that is an ode to your real one.

Materials Required:

  • Round Clothespins
  • Doll heads
  • Doll stands
  • Small wood beads
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon and Tulle
  • Craft glue
  • Paint brushes


Place a doll head on a clothespin and use it as a handle to paint hair and facial features onto the head with acrylic craft paint. Make arms by wrapping a longer length of pipe cleaner around the clothespin and gluing it in place.

Cut a round piece of fabric to make a basic circle dress. Fold the fabric into quarters and snip off the tip, leaving a hole to fit over the top of the clothespin. You can use glue to secure the garment to the clothespin. Cover the top of the dress with ribbon and glue it in place.

When all your painted and glued pieces are dry, assemble your doll by pushing the painted head into the dressed clothespin and then pressing the clothespin base into the painted stand.

3. DIY Clothespin Trivets

These simple trivets looks gorgeous while doing an efficient job. This DIY project can be used to decorate the table for every meal.

Materials Required:

  • Wooden clothespins
  • Wood glue


Begin by twisting the clothespin in half and removing each side. Keep your clothespins and glue ready because you'll be gluing many pairs together! Begin by gluing the flat sides of clothespins together.

Apply glue on the flat surface of a clothespin half and push the other side to it. Hold and allow to dry. Repeat with the remaining clothespins and set them aside to dry.

Arrange your clothespins into a circular form before you glue them together, and ensure everything fits properly. Once you are sure, start gluing the clothespin pairs side by side and repeat until you achieve a circular-shaped trivet.

4. DIY Clothespin Cake Topper

Be it a wedding or a party, this easy craft idea has lots of room for creativity and customization.

Materials Required:

  • Clothespins
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil
  • Lace or tulle
  • Glue gun


Take a clothespin and flip it over. Draw the pattern of a tuxedo and bow tie on one side of the clothespin and the bride's gown on the other using your pencil.

Be creative with this; decide your colors and what you want your bride and groom to be wearing. You can also add a lace or tulle veil on the bride's head with glue and draw some makeup and accessories. And your cake topper is ready for the wedding!

5. DIY Clothespin Party Banner

Looking for a simple and easy way to spruce up your party décor? This DIY is one way to create an interesting party banner at home.

Materials Required:

  • Craft paints
  • Permanent markers
  • Paintbrushes
  • Mini clothespins
  • Scissors
  • White card stock
  • Glue
  • Yarn/twine


Try this simple DIY with clothespins to create party banners for different occasions. To make the party banner, start with pieces of paper cut in rectangles or shapes you like. Write on the cards using markers and color them as per your theme.

Once all your cards are done, take a string and measure and cut it according to the banner size you require. Now, take the cards and attach them to the string with the help of mini clothespins. You can also add patterns, glitters, and paint your clothespins for this vibrant decor idea.

6. Templates for Quick and Easy Clothespin Characters

These tiny figurines will put a smile on anyone's face! Spend time perfecting your character design and let your imagination flow!

What You'll Need:

  • Free printable template
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Clothespins
  • Colouring pens and pencils


Choose and print your template - use the blank template if your child wants to color the character themselves, or print the full-color template if you're going to cut and assemble the character quickly.

Cut out the individual pieces, and following the markings on the template, push the clothespins through the paper to connect the pieces into a moving toy.

There are many animals and characters to choose from - including a turtle, a cow, a kangaroo, a robot, a royal guard, and plenty of others, so there's something for everyone.

7. DIY Clothespin Bucket

Plant flowers or simply use as a chic décor piece, this DIY is an easy craft that anyone can do.

What you'll need:

  • Clothespins
  • Wood Glue
  • A small pot
  • Fabric
  • Lace


Take a small pot, preferably with a height similar to your clothespin, and paint it your favorite color. Remove the wires from the clothespins carefully and split them into two. Make two holes in the pot on opposite sides and keep it for later.

Now, stick your clothespins on the pot vertically and repeat until the pot has been covered. Be careful to leave some space for the holes on top. Now, take a piece of lace and stick it on the upper end of the bucket. You can also use pom-poms and decorate your DIY project any way you like.

For the handle, take a wire, measure it according to your bucket's size and attach it to the holes on the upper sides of the bucket. And voila! Your own DIY clothespin crafts bucket is ready to use.

8. DIY Clothespin Wreath

Come the festive season, we are always looking for some decorative pieces to hang around the house. This DIY idea is a great way to do something creative from materials that you already have at home.

Materials Required:

  • Clothespins
  • A wire wreath frame
  • Ribbon


Start by clipping one clothespin to the innermost circle and clip another beside it. Repeat this process until the entire inner ring is covered. Take the outer ring and clip the clothespins covering the whole circumference. Finally, add a ribbon to make a bow on the top of the wreath.

You can paint the clips with combinations of bright colors and even use glitter, flowers, and stars to decorate your DIY wreath.

9. DIY Clothespin Butterflies

We all love butterflies! This simple DIY project can be used to

Materials Required:

  • Wood clothespins
  • Craft paint
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors


Begin by separating your clothespins carefully. Now take a separated clothespin and glue them together on the opposite end. Paint this using craft paint, and the body is ready!

Now, lay out your separated clothespins in a butterfly wing pattern. Assemble your clothespins in pairs of opposites to create a pattern. When you are satisfied with how your butterfly wing will look, start gluing them together.

Once you have glued the pins into two wings, use acrylic craft paint to color your butterfly. You can also use glitters and patterns on your DIY craft project. Finally, measure and cut two pipe cleaners and attach them to the butterfly's head to make the antennae.

10. DIY Clothespin Dragonflies

Materials Required:

  • 2 Pipe cleaners
  • Clothespin
  • Googly eyes
  • Paint
  • Glue


To make this a fun project, start by painting horizontal stripes on the clothespin. Apply glue dots to the front (head) and stick two googly eyes. Take a pipe cleaner and twist both sides to the center to make a wing-like pattern.

When you have two, crisscross them and attach them inside the clothespin with glue. Your clothespin dragonfly is ready! You can also use paper cutouts to make the wings.

More Clothespin Craft Ideas

Clothespins aren't just useful for hanging clothes; they can also be used to create adorable clothespin crafts! Let's have a look at these ideas and get some inspiration for your next fun and easy craft idea.

  1. Clothespin Coasters
  2. Clothespin Napkin Holder
  3. Clothespin Jumping Jack
  4. Clothespin Airplanes
  5. DIY Clothespin Fairy
  6. DIY Clothespin Angels
  7. Clothespin Easter Bunny
  8. DIY Clothespin Bee
  9. Clothespin Catapult
  10. Clothespin Bunny
  11. Clothespin Mini Fooseball Table
  12. Pom-Poms Turkey
  13. DIY Clothespin Dragon
  14. DIY Moving Cartoon Heads
  15. DIY Clothespin Headphones Organiser
  16. DIY Clothespin Bag Closure
  17. Clothespin Photo Holder
  18. DIY Clothespin Pendant Lamp
  19. DIY Christmas cards
  20. DIY 4th of July Wreath
  21. DIY Clothespin Candle Holder
  22. DIY Clothespin Lampshade
  23. DIY Clothespin Planter
  24. DIY Clothespin Accessory Holder
  25. DIY Clothespin Scarf Holder
  26. Clothespin Giraffe
  27. Clothespin Hedgehog
  28. Clothespin Sunshine
  29. DIY Clothespin Butterfly with Cupcake Liner
  30. Clothespin Grasshopper
  31. Clothespin Paper Puppets
  32. Clothespin Aligator
  33. Clothespin Peek-A-Boo Craft
  34. Clothespin Race Car
  35. Clothespin Paper Fan
  36. DIY Clothespin Bats
  37. DIY Clothespin Superhero
  38. DIY Glitter Clothespin Basket
  39. DIY Clothespin People
  40. DIY Clothespin Birds
  41. DIY Clothespin Napkin Labels
  42. DIY Clothespin Plant Labels
  43. DIY Locker Clips
  44. DIY Clip-on Clothespin Bow
  45. DIY Washi Tape Clothespin Holders

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Written by Rosanna Robertson

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Fine Art

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Rosanna RobertsonBachelor of Arts specializing in Fine Art

Rosanna is a creative and enthusiastic individual who enjoys finding ways to entertain kids through art and crafts, games, and cooking. With a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art from the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, she brings a unique perspective to her projects, making them both colorful and educational. She is always full of ideas for homemade cards, handcrafted gifts, toys, and decorations that are perfect for children of all ages.

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