Boy is it hot in Houston! It’s only 7:30 a.m. in the morning, and it’s already blazing and humid. To keep cool, I’m crafting!
I wanted to make a cute hanging line that I can use to hang paper projects I create in my craft room. It’s good for inspiration, and it’s also a great way to decorate your room. Often times, I create a wonderful, elaborate scrapbook page, only to put it away in an album, not to see it again for a while. I want to do something different: Create a page and keep it out for a while so I can get inspiration from it for other pages, and also enjoy the memories associated with the page. So today I decided to do something about it!
I bought a bag of 36 clothespins from Dollar Tree for $1, and three rolls of washi tape I already had.
First, I carefully placed a short piece of tape on a clothespin, making sure the end of the tape just reached the bottom of the clothespin. Since the bottom of the clothespin is rough, unsanded wood, you don’t want any overhang. Washi tape doesn’t like to stick to unsanded surfaces. The top could be a little long, since the underside is smooth and sanded.
Cut any overhang as seen above. Cut at an angle, ending at the top corner of the clothespin. This makes it very easy to fold over and tuck under. Depending on the width of your tape, you may have some overhang on the side. That’s okay! I simply tucked it under, and it looks great! Make sure your ends are securely taped down. You want your tape to stay in place.
I chose two patterns of tape, and in no time at all (about 5 minutes) made all 8 of my clothespins.
Now simply choose your favorite ribbon, string, or twine (as I used here), and space your clothespins out. Now you’re ready to use as a hanger for embellishments, pictures, or display your creations, like I’m going to do! Simply thumbtack the two ends of your ribbon, and you’re done! Cute, easy, and very inexpensive project. I was inspired by this when I saw decorated clothespins going for $9.99 and $12.99. I am way too frugal to spend that kind of money. I used tape I already had, twine I already had, and $1 worth of clothespins.
Happy Monday & craft on!