Monday, September 10, 2018

DIY Clothespin Baskets

Welcome Friends to Our Monthly Challenge Blog Hop!

On the second Monday of each month, a group of talented bloggers come together to share themed creations of either Upcycling, Favorite Family Recipes or Dollar Store Crafts. And the theme for September is .  .  . 
 Dollar Store Crafts! 
 And everybody loves dollar store crafts!

A Tisket - A Tasket
Let's Make a Clothespin Basket!
When I think of baskets, I think of Fall and the various ways you can use them to decorate for the season! It's such an easy way to add simple touches for a beautiful look!  Sure, there are lots of baskets out there - so many styles, sizes and prices to choose from, but how special would it be to make your own? And the best part, you can create a unique handmade basket using items from the dollar store! You won't believe how easy it is!

Materials Needed:
  • Burner cover pans - Dollar Tree
  • Clothes Pins - Dollar Tree 4pks.
  • Napkins - Dollar Tree
  • Mod Podge/brush - Dollar Tree
  • Dap Rapid-Fuse multi-purpose adhesive
In addition, you will need something round like a bowl or top to make a circle, and also water, and a paint brush.

Let's begin by opening a pumpkin design square napkin and placing it down, face up on your work surface. Take a bowl or round top with an opening that would fit over the pumpkin design plus a little border. Using a small brush, dip in water and dab the napkin area around the bowl or top. Use your fingernail tip to separate the excess napkin following around the damp area in a circle.

Next, separate the layers of the napkin. Then paint on mod podge around the center of the burner pan.  Lay the pattern side of the napkin face-up onto the mod podge, smoothing from the center out, all around.  Let dry. Repeat steps for the second smaller pan.

The pumpkin color on the smaller pan looks deeper because I cut out a second napkin pumpkin (just the pumpkin) and mod podged it on top of the first one. Doing that gives the pumpkin color a much richer look.

 To seal the napkins on the pan, paint on another layer of mod podge and let dry.

Next, run a line of Rapid-Fuse glue (enough for about 6-7 clothespins at a time) around the center of the outer rim of the burner cover pan.  Begin placing the clothespins on the rim. The glue dries quickly so don't add too much along the rim at any given time. 

Be sure to place the clothespins as close to each other, as possible, making sure they are straight. There will be a slight gap between each clothespin because of the metal springs.

Continue adding glue and then the clothespins until .  .  .

the rims are completely covered with clothespins for a unique, bushel basket rustic look. Doesn't this look so cool?

I love the natural look of the clothespins .  .  . but you can paint them if you want!

It's a lovely look for Fall!

Want to see more of what can be created from dollar store goodies? Be sure to visit each and every blogger who joined in this month's challenge! 


  1. Oh, Gail! Those harvest baskets are so pretty! Like you, I prefer the neutral color of the wooden clothespins. By adding the napkin to the center, these beauties could travel thru all the seasons in style. Thank you for the step by step directions. *LOVE* these baskets! pinning. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Gail, these baskets look great! I love how you often find ways to use pretty napkins to turn a plain item into something fun! Using clothespins for the basket is such a great idea! Pinning to my fall decor board.

  3. Gail!!
    I love these! What a great idea!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  4. this is so clever and would be doable and look great for all holidays!!!

  5. Such a creative solution. I couldn't wait to see how you made these baskets.

  6. You are so amazing, my friend! This is one of the neatest baskets I have it!

    Hugs to you!

  7. What a creative idea to Mod Podge the napkins on the burner covers. I never thought to make baskets with clothespins- great idea! Pinning!

  8. That is so cute! I want one - I have to make one!

  9. Gail, First of all - you win. This project is so cool! Love the little clothespin baskets! They make such beautiful decor items for fall. Pinning!

  10. Gail, you never cease to amaze me. I wish you lived in my neighborhood. I want your creativity to rub off on me! LOVE these especially that you used burner covers!

  11. You are such fun. your creative is amazing too. I need to make these. Love them. I can't wait to share this with my community.

  12. Que maravilla de cestas !!!!!!!!!!! me encantan por lo sencillas y originales que son ,te felicito y gracias por el tutorial !!!!!!!!

  13. Gail this is such a fun idea, using those clothespins to make such a cool rustic looking basket.

  14. Oh my, I remember making something similar when we were at school but they didn't turn out half as beautiful as what yours did Gail. Great idea to use a burner cover pan as a base

  15. Quite unique and adorable! Thanks for sharing your idea! LOVE it! Pinning!

  16. So, so cute, Gail! I love the "basket look" made with the clothes pins. Perfect for fall, and you could make similar baskets for any season!

  17. This is such a cute idea! I have so many clothespins, but I never know what to do with them. I'm pinning this!

  18. I love this idea. I've seen so many pretty seasonal napkins, what a great way to use them. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best. I'll be Pinning your post.

  19. What a fantastic and unique idea for Fall, Gail! I could see these on my Thanksgiving table for sure :)

  20. That is such a neat idea! I would never have thought of that. Thank so much for sharing at the Hello Fall party. Pinned.


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