Monday, September 10, 2012

Decorative Clothes Pins (Not Just For Clothes!)

What is small, handy and totally cute?  Did you guess clothes pins?  Well the truth is... they are!  There are so many ways they can be put to use.  We made these adorable clothes pins for our wedding "guest book" .  They held up the small cards where friends and family wrote messages for us.  It was a clothes drying out on the line sort of sweetness.

{Above Wedding Photographs taken by jhendonphotography}

Want to see them close up?
We made over 150 of them, but here are some of my favorites, separated into a few groups.  Each one was made using scrapbooking rub-ons; either pre-bought or made at home:

{These were made at home (really!).  All you need are the printable sheets of rub-on paper and an ink-jet printer!  This is a great option if you don't want to be limited to the rub-on packages at the store}

{These are so perfect for a wedding.  I especially love the brackets around "Marriage Vows"}

{These are some of my favorites.  How darling are these tiny word definitions?}

{Many store-bought sets of rub-ons have a row or two of long designs.  For these pins I just cut that line into 3 or 4 pieces and voila!  Beautiful, decorative clothes pins that can be used for anything!}

{These just make my heart melt.  The lettering looks so vintage (and a little circus-ey) while the coloring makes it really fun!}

{These are all marriage words too, but could also be used for hanging pictures of family, friends, or just for a little inspiration in your day}

THIS ONE MAKES ME CHUCKLE...{It was supposed to say "Committed"... you know, like a husband and wife should be.  However, after I put it together all I could see was "Commit Ted".  I don't know who Ted is, but I didn't figure that it fit our wedding theme!}

I love these clothes pins!
I plan on turning some of these into magnets so that I can hang notes, the grocery list or whatever on the refrigerator.  I think I will also keep a few to hang pictures in my craft room, and maybe keep a few to use for gift wrapping.  Who knows?!

How would you use clothes pins?
What would you do with them?  Hang pictures, notes, or (let's get crazy here), clothes on the laundry line?

It seems that there are hundreds of ways to use clothes pins and when they can so easily be made this cute, why wouldn't you?

With Love,
Kelsie Ann

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, and thanks for stopping by! If you make your own, feel free to link up your projects as well; I'd love to see them!

  2. Kelsie, I remember seeing these at your wedding! I LOVED them! Thanks for linking up to Sunday Funday! Smiles, Jill

    1. Thanks for having it! It was fun to see both of our clothes pin crafts near the same time. I love these things!

  3. Do you use stamps or scrapbooking stickers to put the verses on these?

  4. I actually used rub-ons (found in the scrapbooking section) and also made my own rub-ons (you can purchase rub-on paper that you can run through your printer!) However, I think stamps would probably work well (just make sure the ink doesn't bleed before doing too many!)

    As for stickers, I would cover them with Mod Podge when finished so that they are sealed up and are less likely to have letters peel off as they are used. Other than that, stickers would probably be a great alternative too!

    Sheets of rub-on paper I used were found at Jo-Ann Fabrics in the scrapbooking section for $1 each.

  5. How can you water proof these?

    1. Hi! Mine are not waterproofed but you could easily spray them with a waterproof sealer of your choice. They also make outdoor Mod Podge and this DISHWASHER SAFE Mod Podge (it's new and seriously cool) which I think would work great. Here's a link to it on amazon (affiliate link):

      Hope that helps!

  6. These are lovely...I want to make some Christmas themed ones for hanging cards up...

    1. I LOVE that idea! Every year I say I'm going to do something cute to hang our Christmas cards and I forget. If you make this, I'd love to see how it turned out. Please share on the Cut, Craft, Create facebook page (or, it's affiliated "group" that I run "Crafts & Coffee support group") so I can see!

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