I use clothespins from the dollar store to hold some of my craft projects together while drying. I got the idea while watching a video on paper crafting. When I was showing my craft class how to make a newspaper bowl and lid, one of the ladies mentioned she hadn't seen a wooden clothespin in over forty years. The lively conversation that resulted got me to thinking about clothespin crafts. I remember making a clothespin napkin holder years ago with my mother-in-law. She picked up the idea from a trip to the islands where the children are taught at an early age how to make the napkin holders. Since I had lots of clothespins in my stash - they come 36 to a pack at the dollar store, I decided to see if I remembered how to put one together.
Here's what I came up with:
Separate the wire hinges from the wooden pegs by twisting sideways.
Glue together the flat sides of two pegs using tacky or wood glue.
Continue gluing the flat sides together until you have 30-32 sets of two pegs.
Glue the sets together into two semi-circles of 2-peg sets.
Use a ruler to make sure the base of the semicircle is flat.
To make the napkin holder base, glue five pegs together, flat side down, side by side.
Glue nine pegs together and attach to the first set of five as pictured.
Glue nine more to the opposite side as pictured. Once dry, glue the semi-circles onto the flat panel base.
The wood definitely needs to be sanded for a smooth finish. The final piece can be left natural, painted or stained. Just remember, with usage, how the old clothespins turned gray so a sealer is needed.
Do you remember any clothespin crafts you especially like?
By the way, I have lots of wire hinges left over that need to be made into something . . . . so stay tuned!
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