I love, love, love trolling the aisles of the craft store. I don’t know of much else that can make me immensely happy. Wait, I do! When I have an awesome coupon to use at said craft store… that makes things all the better!
I just so happened to have a 20% off of everything and 50% off of one item during a big ol’ Labor Day sale with doorbusters. Heck if I didn’t do some serious damage while I was there. I walked out having spent $75 but I got SO MUCH STUFF. It was awesome! When I saw these clothespins that were on sale for $1.36 apiece after all was said and done, I walked around the store trying to think of what I would do with them. Realizing that they were big and sturdy enough to stand I decided to make nifty little stand to hold onto receipts and photos and neat things I want to see regularly when I’m working.
And since I’m going to have a brand new craft room/office soon I’ve decided it will be fabulous to really get after the room with some design. My old craft room wound up staying very, very basic and I was cool with that but new beginnings and all. Plus I’m so into multi-color right now!
For this project you will need:
- Giant clothespins
- Wood craft board (I used nothing fancy, just craft plywood)
- Hot glue
- Spray paint in choice of colors
- Wood stain (optional)
Measure out on your board where you want your pins to be. I got this backing board from the wood area at Michael’s and it was around $2 for 2 pieces. Not bad.
Use pieces of masking tape in the areas you will need to glue our pins down to keep the bare wood clean. This makes the glue grab on more easily than it could on stained wood.
I first stained my piece gunstock and then went over with a very, very light coat of black gloss paint twice for my nifty look you see above! Rock yours however you please. Equally pretty would be a smooth, glossy white board, too!
So here are my absolutely massive suckers they are about as tall as my hand. If you’ve ever been pinched by a little clothespin, let me tell you getting pinched by one of these is a freaking nightmare. So be careful and take your pins apart!
Give them a good spray with a good quality paint and allow to dry completely. Getting the pins back together ain’t the easiest thing you’re going to be doing today so do yourself a favor and let that paint set really well so you aren’t touching up with a can of spray and a paint brush!
I used Krylon Maxx from Walmart and I liked it pretty well, but I think I’m a Rustoleum fan for life.
Practice caution and put your pins back together, ’cause like I said before, pinched fingers hurt like the dickens. Now I’m totally telling on myself, here, but I had to Google what a clothespin looked like because I couldn’t figure out how these silly ass things were supposed to go back together. One of my metal spring thingies is a bit looser than it should be because I really got things wrong the first time!
Remove the tape from your backing board and hot glue those pins on. Be sure that the bottoms all line up well so that your clips can stand when done.
See, look at that sucker all standing not wobbly at all. Boom!
Put some of your favorite things inside of the pins to show off, like this “happy girls are the prettiest girls” Audrey Hepburn quote that I LOVE!
And since I’m going for HAPPY and COLORFUL I printed out one of my favorite pictures from when Rob and I visited the Gladys Porter Zoo for the first time.
And since this sucker is also functional, it can hold on to a receipt I need to keep close tabs on so I can make a return and not get totally hassled about it at customer service!
I set up my giant clothespins on the dresser right next to my sweater folded up all neat and I realized that this is where I’m at in my life right now… bright, colorful and cheerful. What a wonderful place to be!