12 Easy to Do Clothespin Crafts for Children

12 Cute Clothespin Crafts Your Kids Will Love to Make

Clothespins are one of the most versatile craft supplies one can get their hands on! The clothespin is basically used to hang cloth, but it can be much more than that. With creativity, you can craft a simple clothespin into lots of stunning pieces. The clothespin is a great addition to the craft supplies. Clothespin craft ideas have endless possibilities that are both fun and functional.

Fun Clothespin Crafts for Kids

Clothespin crafts are not only fun but easy to follow and pocket friendly. If you are looking for some inspiration, here are some fun, easy clothespin crafts for children. Introduce your kids to clothespin crafts and watch them have a gala time making something fun out of an item as simple as a clothespin.

1. Crayon Magnets

Kids love playing with crayons. So, apart from coloring, why not repurpose old crayons to make some DIY magnets? These crayon magnets are easy to make and a wonderful gift.

What You Will Need

  • Crayons
  • Magnets
  • Clothespins
  • Glue


  • First, glue crayons on clothespin.
  • Let them dry completely.
  • Next, take a magnet suitable with the size of the crayons and clothespin.
  • Glue the back of the magnet to the clothespin.
  • The DIY crayon magnets are ready.

Tip: If you are using jumbo crayons, make sure to use thick magnets to prevent them from sliding down the fridge.

2. Clothespin Fairies

Clothespin fairies fall under the easy craft style. They are not difficult, yet pretty. This clothespin craft does not involve paint, so you don’t need to worry about the mess.

What You Will Need

  • Round clothespins
  • Tulle (small round pieces)
  • Washi tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Colored yarn (for hair)
  • Hot glue gun


  • Place two round tulle pieces together and cut a small hole at the center. Put the clothespin inside.
  • Use washi tape to wrap the clothespin together to ensure the tulle stay in place.
  • Cut 8-10 small yarn pieces and glue them on the back of the fairy’s head.
  • Lastly, add two eyes and a cute mouth.
  • If your kids want to want boy fairies, just ask them to add capes instead of tulle dress.

3. Clothespin Airplanes

You must have seen kids flying paper planes all the time. Let us take the creativity to another level by introducing you to clothespin airplanes.

What You Will Need

  • 4 colored tongue depressors
  • A large clothespin
  • 3 ice cream sticks (for tail and propeller)
  • Markers/paint
  • Conical shaped pieces (for plane lights)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tiny pom-poms (for the plane nose)


  • Start by coloring all wings and tailpieces.
  • Glue all 4 tongue depressors, overlapping them to add strength.
  • Using hot glue, glue on the ice cream sticks to make a propeller.
  • Next, glue the tail stick.
  • Finish by glueing the conical game pieces for lights on the tail.

4. DIY Guardian Angles

The DIY guardian angles will be a great choice for the Christmas crafts or put on the Christmas tree. The kids will enjoy the process of preparing some adorable fairies from clothespins. Collect the items needed and get started with your kid.

What You Will Need

  • Wooden clothespin
  • Muslin or tulle (for the dress)
  • Twine (for the arm)
  • While felt (for wings)
  • Black and white paint
  • Glue gun


  • Start by cutting out a semi-circle from the muslin or the tulle. Measure the length to let the toes peek through underneath.
  • Glue around the clothespin to make it hang in an A-line shape. Glue the centre of a length of the twine and knot the ends for the arms.
  • Glue the white felt for the wings at the back of the clothespin body.
  • Glue a piece of the lace trim around the neck and fix the arms at the front with glue.
  • Lastly, paint some hair and dot the eyes with black colored paint.
  • You can glue on another twine piece to the back of the angle for hanging it around a tree, bed, or car.

5. DIY Clothespin Pirates

Treasure hunting is every kid’s favorite adventure, and these DIY pirate dolls go perfectly with the theme.

What You Will Need

  • Wood clothespins
  • White and black felt
  • Red marker
  • Black marker
  • White marker
  • Hot glue gun and craft glue


  • Glue the googly eyes on the face of the clothespin.
  • Now, cut the black felt into a pirate hat shape.
  • Next, carve out a skull from the white felt. Use the black marker to draw an eye on the skull.
  • Glue the skull on the hat and then the hat on the clothespin body.
  • Using the markers, draw clothes on the clothespin. You can also add a cutoff vest, moustaches, pants and shirts.
  • Add an eye patch to complete the pirate look of the doll.

6. Clothespin Easter Bunny

The DIY clothespin bunny kids craft is perfect to try during the Easter season.

What You Will Need

  • Clothespins
  • Paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Pom poms
  • Googly eyes
  • Clear craft glue


  • Start by painting the clothespins. You can choose a pastel Easter-themed paint color. Pour the paint on a palette and add white to each color and blend into a lighter shade.
  • Paint a side of the clothespin and let it dry.
  • Turn over and paint the other side of the clothespin. Repeat the process to make a few more.
  • Paste the googly eyes on the pop pom while the paint is drying.
  • Match the pom poms as the same color as the clothespins.
  • Position the pins as such that the wider part stays at the top to shape two bunny ears.
  • Put some glue on one half of the clothespin’s bottom clasp.
  • Press the pom pom on the glue, and the Easter bunny is ready.

7. Feathered Turkey Clothespin Craft

A craft perfect for motor skills practices or counting activity while you make a fun turkey out of a clothespin. These fun turkey crafts are perfect for Thanksgiving and fall!

What You Will Need

  • Clothespin
  • Craft feathers
  • Small googly eyes
  • Orange and red felt
  • Craft glue
  • Brown paint
  • Paintbrush


  • Start by painting the clothespin with brown paint on the front and sides. Leave the back of the clothespin as it may get stuck on the drying paper. Let it dry for a while.
  • Once the clothespins are dry enough, assemble the turkey’s face by glueing the tiny googly eyes, orange felt beak, and the red felt wattle.
  • Now add the feathers. Add just enough glue and not too much. Lay the feathers flat, add a bit of the glue and then paste the next feather piece. You need to layer a few feather pieces son top of each other.
  • On the last feather piece, add some glue and attach the turkey clothespin to the feathers. Take care as the feathers are delicate and thin.
  • Let the turkeys dry overnight before your kid chooses to play with it.

8. Clothespin Minions

The yellow funny minions are a hit among kids and this clothespin craft adds to the minion madness. The clothespin minions are ready in a few steps, and the kids will surely enjoy making their own minion army.

What You Will Need

  • Clothespin
  • Yellow paint
  • Blue paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Black marker


  • Start by painting the clothespin with yellow paint. Apply two coats of paint when using water-based paint color. Let the clothespin dry perfectly.
  • Next, glue the eyes to the clothespins and let the glue dry.
  • At last, draw a smile and hairs on the clothespin body to complete the minions.

9. Spring Flower Crafts

Kids enjoy the beauty of nature and spring flowers. But what about making some faux spring flowers to play with round the year. These clothespin spring flower crafts are perfect for the kids who enjoy nature and love the beautiful spring flowers.

What You Will Need

  • Clothespins without clips
  • Tissue papers
  • Paint color
  • Paintbrushes
  • Cotton balls
  • Scissors


  • Start by painting the clothespins with green paint color to make flower’s stem.
  • To add some texture, dip a cotton ball in yellow or white paint. Dot the paint on the green painted clothespin to leave a patterned design.
  • Stack different colors of tissue papers onto each other.
  • Cut a circle, oval or amoeba-shaped tissue to make some petals.
  • Now, fold the paper stack in half. Cut a small slit at the centre of the tissue across the fold.
  • Open the paper and press it through the top of the clothespin.
  • Fluff the tissue to create lovely flowers petals.

10. Pipe Cleaner and Clothespin Bees

Looking for an easy clothespin craft for kids? You will love these simple DIY clothespin and pipe cleaner bees that are ready in just a few minutes. Best part? This is a non-glue small clothespins craft for preschoolers, kindergartners or even toddlers.

What You Will Need

  • Wood clothespin
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Craft foam cut into wings.


  • Insert the wings shapes craft foam into the clothespin slot.
  • Then adjust the pipe cleaner around the clothespin, above and beneath the wings to keep it firm.
  • Glue the googly eyes on the bees.
  • Finally, wind a small pipe cleaner around the neck and at the back of the head to shape the antennae. Curl the ends of the antennae around a pencil to eliminate any sharp ends on the pipe cleaner.

11. Magnetic Dragon Fly Clip

Improve your kid’s art skills by creating some cute and functional magnetic dragonfly clips. You can also display your child’s craft in style by hanging these dragonfly clips on the fridge.

What You Will Need

  • Clothespin
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Glitter pens
  • Google eyes
  • Magnet


  • Choose a few bright colors to paint the dragonfly. Paint a wooden clothespin for the body and paint two popsicle sticks for the wings.
  • When dried, set the crafts sticks crossed on top of the clothespin and glue them together.
  • Glue the google eyes to the front of the clip and then glue a magnet on the bottom of the clip.
  • The magnetic clothespin dragonfly is ready to be put on display.

12. DIY Race Cars

Ask your kids to make these DIY clothespin racing cars and then host a family race with those cars. Made from minimal items, the race cars are perfect to sharpen your kid’s craft skills. On your mark. Get, set, go!

What You Will Need

  • Clothespin
  • Craft glue
  • Two twist ties
  • Four buttons (preferable in equal sizes with at least 1” diameter)
  • Two short bits of a not-too straw (just a little longer than the width of the clothespin)
  • A small button


  • Start by threading a twist tie through a pair of buttons and a straw bit.
  • Keep the twist tie comparatively loose until both the buttons are secured.
  • Rotate the buttons in opposite directions to tighten the structure. Make sure to ensure the twisted tie can freely move inside the straw and the buttons are not touching the ends of the straw.
  • Repeat the same for the other buttons, twist ties and straw bit.
  • Next, to assemble the car, start by applying some glue in the hole of the clothespin and clip it over the straw of the front pair of wheels.
  • Insert the small buttons between the jaws of the clothespin to make sure the straw is not squashed. This helps the twist tie to move freely within the straw.
  • Finally, apply some glue between the arms of the other end of the clothespin and insert the other straw-axle. Make sure not to push it deep so as to not squish the straw.
  • Once the glue dries completely, the car is ready for racing!

After going through all the wonderful clothespin craft ideas, you will surely agree that a clothespin can do much more than just holding clothes. After all, these clothespin crafts are easy, fuss-free and easy on the pocket. The clothespin crafts would have surely tempted you to encourage the creative side of your kids.

So, when you see your kids getting bored, ask them to try these cute clothespin crafts to keep them busy while having fun!

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Gauri Ratnam completed her Masters in English Literature from the University of Pune. She began her journey as a German translator soon after completing her graduation, but later moved on to pursue her passion for writing. Having written for both digital and print media in a varied range of industries, she has the ability to write relatable and well-researched content, benefical for anyone seeking advice or direction.