Day 286. Craft: Washi clothes pins

2014-04-03 09.03.55

Putting washi tape on pretty much anything makes that thing better. Clothes pins are not an exception. These dollar store clothes pins went from bleh to cute, and it takes less than 10 minutes to make one!

2014-03-01 11.51.38Materials needed:

  • Clothes pins
  • Washi tape
  • Exacto knife and craft cutting board
  • Measuring tape
  • Nail file or sander if clothes pins are rough

Before anything, if your clothes pins are rough and splintering, like mine were because I got them from the dollar store, use a file or a sander to make them a bit smoother. It wasn’t a perfect process for me but the filing did make them more touchable.



2014-03-01 11.55.04Now, the first you thing you want to do is measure the length of your clothes pin. Measure from the top to the very bottom of it. This way you know how long you need to make your washi tape. My washi tape was wider than the pin so I didn’t worry about measuring the width, but if your tape is thinner than the width of the pin you will want to measure so you know how many pieces you’ll need.

After getting the measurement, lay out some washi tape onto your cutting board. Lay a bit more than the length of the clothespin. By a bit, I mean an 1/8 of an inch, you don’t need much but this is just to make sure that you have plenty to cover the entire pin.

2014-03-01 11.55.54When you have the right amount of tape, lay it carefully down on top of the pin. As mentioned earlier, you can see in the picture on the left how my tape was wider than the pin. After laying the tape down, use your exacto knife to cut away the excess tape. At this point I flipped the pin over so the tape side was on the cutting board. It was easier for me to slice off the excess this way.
2014-04-03 10.09.17Flip the pin back when done cutting off the leftovers so that you can now push in the tape where the metal mechanism is. I used the exacto knife to basically cut the tape in two and push both ends up against the pin. This makes the pin look clean and professional.

Do the same steps for the other side.

And there you have your colorful, new clothes pin! I like to use them for chip clips and the like. I think they could even be cute with a magnet glued to the back and stuck on the fridge!

2014-04-03 10.08.09

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