Simple storage: turn clothespins into chip clips

Simple storage: turn clothespins into chip clipsThere’s a general, unwritten rule in a crafter’s home: Storage solutions should be cute whenever possible, no?

I personally love fun and attractive storage ideas . . . and I had a need for cute storage tools recently. In our house, we have been running low on chip clips to store and keep our pretzels fresh. (How those clip things disappear like errant socks I will never know!)

Instead of buying more basic (read: boring) plastic clips, I decided to get creative and make my own chip clips by using simple clothespins. You may have decorated clothespins before . . . but if you haven’t, I promise you, they are easy (and slightly addicting!) to make! It’s a great beginner’s Mod Podge project!

Simple storage: turn clothespins into chip clipsSupplies used:

  • Clothespins
  • Mod Podge, Gloss or Satin formula
  • Decorative paper
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Brush
  • Acrylic spray, optional

Steps to make DIY chip clips:

DIY-clothespins-decorated-craft-02First, cut strips of paper the same width or slightly smaller than the width of the clothespins. Trim pieces to fit at the top and bottom of each side of the pin.

DIY-clothespins-decorated-craft-03Brush a medium coat of decoupage over the wood on the pins. Press the matching paper piece over that section of the clothespin and smooth it down to remove any bubbles. Repeat on the other side of the pin.

DIY-clothespins-decorated-craft-04Once that glue dries, apply two protective coats of Mod Podge over top of each section of paper, allowing it to dry between coats. Repeat on the other side of the clothespins. Seal with acrylic spray, as desired, if the decoupage is tacky.

DIY-chip-clip-clothespins-craft-01Use your fancy new clips to keep your food fresh… or to organize paperwork . . . or anywhere else you might use a clip!

Functional and pretty . . . that’s a storage idea that is easy to make and easy to live with!

Madigan made
About the Podger: You might call Shannon the Clark Kent of craft blogging. By day, she is a pharmacist and by night she shares simple ideas for crafts, décor and much more with her readers. She also craves chocolate, loves a thrifty find and tries (often unsuccessfully) to avoid glue gun burns. You can find Shannon on her blog, Madigan Made, and on FacebookTwitterGoogle + or Pinterest, too.