How-to: Dyed and Glittered Clothespins

clothespin picture hangerThe interior walls of our house are a mish-mash of plaster and steel lath, painted brick, and wood paneling, so I hot glue these clothespins to most walls (not the wood ones!) to hold photographs and smaller pieces of artwork, knowing that if I ever want to remove them, I’ll just need to pry off the hot glue and touch up the wall paint. My girls have these clothespins glued ALL over the walls and shelves and loft bed in their bedroom, the better to mount play silks and clothesline and other temporary fort/fairy tale structures.

Because if you’re going to make a fairy hideout, then everyone knows that it has to include glitter.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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  1. I too have been surprised by how often I make glitter clothespins – at least four times a year and I make a whole package (100?) each time. They are wonderful for attaching tags to gifts, using as magnets, closing bags…

    Instead of glitter, lately I’ve been using glitter nail polish. It doesn’t flake off and I already had it on hand. At Walgreens they were less then a dollar a bottle so I bought every color and use it for crafting. Not green, but again, I had it on hand so I might as well use it.

    Thanks for a great post 🙂

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