more fun and games with clothespins

Decoupaged clothespins!  This is such a simple and quick craft project that I managed to get several sets done while my son Gus was napping and Stella the cat was on my lap.  The first set is from decoupage paper, and the second is from a map of Vermont.  I love the idea of a geographically customized gift.

They are great for simply clipping papers together.  If you were teaching a craft class, for instance, you could impress your class by using the clips to organize your decoupage paper by color:

Other great uses are as a photo clip (just affix the clothespin to a base), or to hold papers or display photos on a filing cabinet or a refrigerator (just glue a tiny magnet to the back).  I first admired these at Essentials in downtown Northampton, and then found an easy tutorial at Pin and Paper.  I tried doing them two ways:  with the exacto knife like the tutorial suggests, and tracing around the clothespin and cutting it out.  I found the latter much easier.

They make great stocking stuffers, new job gift (an office job, that is), or wedding and party favors.

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