Sometimes you’d like to say “Thanks” to someone for a favor or a gift. It doesn’t have to be a big production; you’d just like to give the person a little acknowledgement of the favor. Other times, you’d like to let a child know that you’re proud of him. There are lots of similar scenarios: you want to leave a message for someone in the family since you won’t see them at breakfast. Or, you sometimes leave yourself a reminder on your desk. No matter what your own personal needs you can make it happen by using a single clothespin.
Purchase assorted clothes pins at any craft shop. They have small ones, regular ones – even jumbo clothes pins. The jumbo ones are the best ones for making the note holder. You can buy a plastic one, that’s already colored, or you can buy a wooden one that you paint yourself.
If you use a jumbo, plastic clothespin you can enhance the way it looks by using clear stickers, paint markers fake jewels, buttons and similar craft items. If you use a wooden clothespin you can paint it or even use markers to color it. The options you have are generally the same for decorating a plastic or wooden clothespin. Other things you can use include tube paints, glitter, rub-on decals or even rubber stamps.
Create lots of different designs by the colors you paint the clothes pins and/or the embellishments you add to them. For example, make a “thank you” clothespin for a scout by painting the clothespin blue and writing the child’s name down the front of it with a gold marker. Cut out a badge shape and glue it to the top of the clothespin. Since the areas of the clothespin that you squeeze will serve as legs for the note holder the mouth of the clothespin becomes the top.
If you don’t have a jumbo clothespin you can still make the craft with a regular clothespin. To help it stand just cut two small ovals of thin cardboard and glue one to the bottom of each leg. Use the clothes pins to hold small bags of candy at a birthday party. They can be used to hold a recipe card, place markers, a gift card, a photo, a small poem, an inspirational phrase or even a joke cut from a magazine. There are many uses for the simple clothespin craft.