Friday, 4 April 2014

Clothespin Crafting

Guys, I made the coolest thing. Oh my gosh, I'm so excited. It's so cool. And look at how cute it is!!

My brother is getting married in seven weeks, and I'm planning the bridal shower (six weeks from now). I happened upon this super cute idea on Pinterest, at the blog A Law Student's Journey, and at first I thought "No way. That's way too much work for one little clothespin."

And then I went home and I noticed a giant pack of cheap clothespins leftover from one of hubby's projects. Then I looked, and I found we had cheep black, white and red paint. As well as cheap thin paint brushes and a little paint dish.

Okay. At this point, what's stopping me??

I pulled out supplies and grabbed a sheet of newspaper and painted one up.

It literally took about 30 seconds.

So I painted a few more.

And then, in total, I painted 45 - both sides. That was maybe a little more work than I intended, but it didn't take more than an hour and now I have 45 adorable clothespins for the bridal shower.

I'm sure you can figure it out by just looking at a photo like I did, but here's how I did it.

Grab your supplies. It's way easier to work once you have everything on hand.


I tried painting the white first on a few, but I found I had to go back after the black dried to do the white shirt, so after some trial and error, I started off by painting most of one side black, adding in a straight line for the bow tie (you could get fancy and make a little bow there) and then two little dashes for eyes. More trial and error determined that I like thin slanted lines the best.

After a few seconds (Or painting about ten more black) I painted the other side mostly white, giving a nice slope for the neckline of the dress, and adding in a little pearl necklace.

Last, but not least, I added a tiny red dot on the bride's side for lips. I saw some pictures that added a pink circle for blush, and I tried a few with red lips on both sides, but this is what I liked best.

And there you go! You could get fancy and paint on hair, or glue on a bit of tulle for a dress, but I decided to keep it simple. I think they're elegant and simplistic like this.

Also! One of my favourite blogs, Pinstrosity, has a Use It Up challenge, and this totally works for that! I didn't buy a single item for this craft! Which I've never actually managed to do before, but somehow, today I did.

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