Clothespin Napkin Holder


I use clothespins from the dollar store to hold some of my craft projects together while drying. When I was showing my craft class how to make a newspaper bowl and lid, one of the ladies mentioned she hadn't seen a wooden clothespin in over forty years. The lively discussion that followed got me to thinking about clothespin crafts. I remember making a clothespin napkin holder years ago and decided to try my hand at making another one.
Here's what I came up with:
Separate the wire hinges from the wooden pegs by twisting sideways.
Glue together the flat sides of two pegs using tacky or wood glue.
Continue gluing the flat sides together until you have 30-32 sets of two pegs.
Glue the sets together into two semi-circles of 2-peg sets.
Use a ruler to make sure the base of the semicircle is flat.
To make the napkin holder base, glue five pegs together, flat side down, side by side. Glue nine pegs together and attach to the first set of five, as pictured. Glue nine more to the opposite side.
Once dry, glue the semi-circles onto the flat panel base.
The wood definitely needs to be sanded for a smooth finish. The final piece can be left natural, painted or stained. Just remember, with usage, how the old clothespins turned gray so a sealer is needed.
Do you remember any clothespin crafts you especially like?

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2 questions
  • Jeano
    on Mar 22, 2017

    Love this, could also be used as turkey tails or peacock fan tails for those who can paint something like those beautiful feathers. Question: Now what to do with all those metal spring-clips that we removed ?.......

  • Mushki Brichta
    on Jan 20, 2020

    Can I use the photos in a children's newspaper with credit?


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