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?
Gail@Purple Hues and Me
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  • Janice Janice on Nov 09, 2021

    I will do this have been trying to find a napkin holder I liked. Most were too plain and small!

  • Judy Judy on Dec 25, 2021

    Merry Christmas Gail, and yes I'm going to do this with some kids one day soon, I just have to buy the clothes pins and find 2 or 3 kids to entertain, or just by myself, which ever. I think it will be a fun project I haven't tried before. Thanks for the post Gail. Always enjoy your projects.

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