DIY Patriotic Clothespins

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close up of flag painted wood clothes pin on white wood table

My friend, J., made me an adorable decorated clothespin as a gift and I use it all the time to keep my notes and papers organized. Every time I see that clothes pin I smile (even if it’s clipped to a bill).  I love that happy clothespin so much that  I made some DIY patriotic clothespins with my kiddos to give as gifts.

packs of wood clothes pins on wood table

You could use any wood clothespins {affiliate link}, but I like these wide ones that I found at Target.  The wider clothespins gives you more space for your flag design.

close up of completed DIY flag painted clothes pins on white wood table

Although the clothespins came decorated, I simply painted over the original design with white craft paint. It took 2-3 coats of white paint, but was quick to do. While the coats of white craft paint were drying, I painted the blue background on each clothes pin.  Using paint pins, I added the “stars” and the stripes to the flag. The hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry so you can move onto the next step.

They would make cute place card holders for a party.  Or you can use them like I do to organize your papers and To Do items.

patriotic painted wood clothespins in red, white and blue

You can return the flag clothespins to the cardboard they came on (I simply trimmed off the printed part of the  cardboard) and in the cellophane bag they came in for gift giving.

close up of clothes pins painted to look like the American flag

These DIY patriotic decorated clothespins are easy enough to make with younger kids and fun enough to make with older kids.

More patriotic projects:

Patriotic Flag T-shirt
red, white and blue jar with candy
red, white and blue container with straws and blue glass jars nearby

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  1. These are so cute! We often use clothes pins in the kitchen to keep chip bags closed. I would love to decorate some and brighten my kitchen up! What a great idea! I need to look for the wider pins at Target!

  2. Hi Susan. How cute are these! Cynthia is right. Clothes pins come in handy for all sorts of things so why not jazz them up!

  3. These are adorable and since it’s all straight lines and dots, I bet even I could manage them! These will make fun accents at our 4th of July party.

  4. These are so cute! I think these would make such a great party favor for a fourth of July party, or like Corinne said, even accents for a party πŸ™‚

  5. Love it! Love the colors!!! Great idea! I love clothespins, they are very useful for other things!

    Tayrina from

  6. I’m dropping by from Maybe She Made It link party. This is such a great — and easy — idea. (I love easy craft ideas!) This is one that my grandchildren could make!

    I have a link party that I am trying to grow. I invite you to share this idea (and a couple of others) at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link up at . I think my readers would LOVE this idea, too.

    My linkup closes at midnight tonight Mountain Standard Time. I hope to see you there! (If you don’t make it, you can always come back on Wednesday when a new one will be live.)

    All the best,

  7. How fun! My daughter would like to make these, and I have a ton of clothespins in my craft room.

  8. totally cute and could be a fun kid craft too! A couple of these clipped to some twine and some flags and you have a cool bunting too!

  9. Loved your clothespins. We use clothespins around here for “chip clips”, too. They’d also be great with self-adhesive magnets on the back to clip notes, coupons, kid’s pictures, etc. to the fridge.

  10. Really neat and Patriotic idea! We like to use gel pens to decorate clothespins. But we happen to have Patriotic colors to color these red,white and blue too. Thanks for another fun idea!
    Small rubber stamps work on clothespins too…cats, stars, ladybugs, dogs, smilies… πŸ™‚

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