October 17, 2019

Get Ready for Class With DIY Back-to-School Clothespins

Clothespins are so handy to have around, and it seems like they’re used for practically everything except hanging clothes out to dry. Now that it’s back-to-school season, be sure to stock up on clothespins for organizing papers, sealing lunch bags, keeping books open to the right page, clipping reminders about homework and chores — the uses are endless. 

And not only are clothespins versatile. They can also be fun and colorful when you snazz them up with these back-to-school designs.

What you’ll need:

Yellow acrylic paint
Pink acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Black paint marker
White paint marker

Ruler Clothespins:

1. Paint the clothespin with yellow paint. Try not to get the paint on the metallic hinge, but if you do that’s fine.

2. When the paint is dry, use a black marker to draw lines on the clothespin to indicate inch and half-inch measurements. You can use an actual ruler as a guide.


Pencil Clothespins:

1. Apply yellow paint on most of the middle part of the clothespin, leaving the two ends alone. Paint one end pink for the eraser.

2. Use a black marker to color in the other end to make the tip of the pencil.


Chalkboard Clothespins:

1. Paint the clothespin with black paint.

2. When it’s dry, write what you’d like on the clothespin with a white marker. I wrote a few letters of the alphabet, but you can personalize it however you’d like.

Jonathan Fong is the author of “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at online.