Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Decorative Clothespin Container


Welcome to the July Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop hosted by ErleneMy Pinterventures.  If you aren't familiar with the Pinterest Challenge, it's a monthly event that challenges us to not just be pin hoarders, but to make it happen! 

I have lots of clothespins left over from projects I've done before like here, here and here! Plus, there are lots of clothespin crafts on Pinterest for inspiration, too! One craft pin I have been meaning to do for quite a while now - is making a decorative container using clothespins. It's such an easy way to turn something like recycle cans (nut can) you're about to toss, into an item that's useful and decorative! And the best part, you can let your imagination run wild deciding how to decorate it!

Materials needed:
  • Can
  • Wood Clothespins (21+)
  • DAP All Purpose Adhesive
  • Ribbon/Cording
  • Fabri-Tac Fabric Glue
Let's begin with the container! It's best to have one that's close to the height of the clothespins.  I didn't have one so I cut down an empty nut can from my stash. Then I placed a clothespin at the bottom of the can and marked on the can where the top of the clothespin hit. Wrapped painter's tape around the can at the mark .  .  .
to cut the can down. And don't forget to save the cut-off piece for another project!
I'm using matching ribbon and cording that I found at JoAnn for 70% off almost a year ago! I've been wanting to make something with them! 
Next, twist the clothespins apart to remove the metal springs and begin gluing on the flat sides using a quick grab glue like DAP multi-purpose glue or super glue.
I used 21 clothespins twisted apart for this size can giving a barrel effect look.
At this point, I had every intentions of painting the wood portion but got carried away with trying out how to add the ribbon and found myself gluing it on to see. Oh well!
So I then tied cording around where the larger wood indents are.
And decided to make a flower to help decorate the can.  By first, separating the cording and cut it into six 3.5" strips for the petals. Use Fabri-Tac glue to straighten the cords and glue them on the ribbon in a petal shape.
Once dry, cut out the petals.
Arrange petals like a flower and glue sides together towards center.
Add a bead to center and glue flower on container where cording is tied.
It's such a sweet container to hold your special knick-knacks and what-knots! 
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Let's meet this month's Pinterest Challenge hosts!Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

My Pinterventures •  Cookies Coffee and Crafts 

Sew Crafty Crochet •  Eye Love Knots 

My Sweet Things  •  Across the Boulevard 

Suzerspace •  Purple Hues and Me 

Decorate and More with Tip •  Mom Home Guide 

Our Unschooling Journey •  Intelligent Domestications 

Craftify My Love  •  Life Beyond the Kitchen 

K's Olympic Nest •   Teadoddles  

Farm Girl Reformed • Simple Nature Decor

  Stone Cottage Adventures

To join next month's #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ August Pinterest Challenge

 Now, let's see what the other hosts have created ⇓⇓


  1. Love this! Actually the natural wood color looks great. You are the queen of crafts.

  2. This is adorable. I am going to make one for my laundry room. Thanks for sharing.

  3. How this turned out so cute! Love the natural wood color with the pretty ribbon and flower.

  4. Another adorable craft idea. What a cute little container with clothespins. The ribbon is beautiful!

  5. That is adorable and I really like that you left it wood color (even if that wasn't on purpose) because it really makes your ribbon pop and stand out. Pinned.

  6. That is so cute, and I think it looks great with the natural wood look!

  7. You are on a roll, I am loving it again this week. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty.

  8. Fun project!I kinda/sorta remember my mother making fabric flowers using a similar method, now I'm intrigued by the possibilities. I think it looks so much nicer with modern materials, though!

  9. I like the textured look the clothespins add. Great tutorial on the making the flower petals.

  10. Very cute idea for clothespin storage - love the fabric flowers!

  11. Such a cute container! The ribbon and flower are really cute!

  12. This is lovely, Gail. The color of the wood goes really well with the fabric, and the flowers are so pretty!

  13. I made a clothespin container one time. I kept looking at yours trying to see how the pins worked. Never thought to twist them apart. Brilliant! Really liked the petal you added to your ribbon. So darn cute. Would make a fun gift for someone.

  14. How cute! This would go great for a farmhouse decoration!

  15. Pretty. The way you made the flower reminds me how we used to make plumeria hair decorations.

  16. Wow! That came out so cute! I think I have all the supplies to make one today!

  17. I love this project and I would have featured it if I didn't feature you last week.

  18. Wonderful idea! I love the container wooden look from the clothespin and you've beautifully decorated it! Thanks for linking at You're The Star Blog Hop!
    Mel - Decor Craft Design

  19. What a darling container! I could picture it in a guest bathroom holding pot pourri or if you could get creative and make a lid even as a gift box.

  20. I've seen a few clothespin crafts before, but yours takes the cake Gail. What a lovely idea


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