28 June 2007

Uses for clothespins

Paul says:

Use spring clothespins to close up any bag you like (chips, cereal, etc.)

Right! Why do we spend money on big plastic "chip clips" than never stay closed? We've used wooden clothespins for some cute craft projects. Amber turned them into a homemade finger puppet stand. I'm sure there are a million other uses -- what are yours?


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The problem we've had with clothes pins is that the kids always take them apart. We've discovered a better chip clip: mini spring clamps! You see them in a fishbowl by the checkout at hardware stores.

They don't come apart easily and they stay on the bags better.

We use binder clips:


Officially about $1.50 a dozen, but usually free because the husband forgets to take them back to work with him.

I'm with LisaS. I have a bunch of different size binder clips in a kitchen drawer and use them for everything!

This is one of those hacks that makes me say "duh" to myself! Why have I been using those awful plastic clips that are never the right size?? Thanks.

I use big rubber bands wrapped around bags to keep them closed tight! I use rubber bands and twist ties all over my kitchen.

We painted a bunch of wooden clothespins, hung some string across two of my daughter's walls, and created an instant art gallery. Now, when she brings home an art project of which she's particularly proud, we just unclip one of the older pieces, throw it in the spare room where we have 600 pounds of "art" decomposing slowly, and hang up the new piece.

Wooden clothespins make a satisfying "plunk" sound when dropped into a small bucket or jar. Or in my toddlers case, our stainless steel milk steaming pitcher (which seems to have found a new home in the toy drawer in the kitchen). My sibs and I played the drop-the-clothespin-into-a-jar game at our younger b-day parties.

They are also good for attaching a flat sheet to chairs and things to make indoor tents/forts.

They are good to improvise a skirt hanger or to help keep wide-neck or strappy things from falling off a clothes hanger.

I have also used the plastic ones as clamps for gluing small craft projects.

A couple of clothespins hang out on my music stand to hold music books open while I play. Or to keep sheet music from flying away if I'm playing outdoors.

The rest are reserved for hanging clothes and diapers out on the line.

my friend swears by them as the best 'church toy' for her kids. they clip them together to build things or use them as little 'people' to play quietly.

DW complained that I did not appropriately "match" clothes when dressing our 18mo DD. I asked her to use a clothespin to fasten sets together when she folds laundry so that I know what the "approved" sets are. The clothespin goes in a container on top of the dresser when the clothes come out. This works for older kids who are learning to put together an outfit, too.

I do this and love it... we use plastic clothespins (they're fashioned just like the wooden ones picture above) The tension is too great for my 4-yr old to take them apart (as John mentioned... maybe his kids are older), but he can use them appropriately with ease.

Clothespin + cloth diaper or napkin = instant bib!

We do the clothesline/pin trick to hang our kids' artwork without putting extra tape on or holes in our walls.

Recently, I used a set of clothespins to create a game for my low-tone-challeneged son, who's in OT. I used neon stickers to make ends of the clothespins different colors, and he uses them to either pick up like-colored pom-poms or to link together in a domino-like game.

Emergency clothing adjustment!

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