How to make a clothespin mirror

Make a mirror using clothespinsI needed a few clothespins for a project once. The thing about clothespins is that you pull two out of the bag, and then you have an entire bag of clothespins. Since I don’t scrub my laundry in a washing tub outside (though that might be kind of cool), I have no use for them except for crafts. I decided to buy a small mirror and make something – a clothespin mirror. This is really, really easy, and perfect for those of you that have never used Mod Podge before. Of course you can customize with any papers you like, and change out the clothespins for any season (you could even do front and back with two different designs!). Learn how to make it below.

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IMG_7066The first step is to measure the length of the clothespins (about 3 inches-ish) and cut a strip of paper that wide.

IMG_7067Then you’ll measure and cut scrapbook papers to fit the width of the clothespins. I used four sheets of coordinating scrapbook paper, the craft knife and mat to cut 48 strips to fit my clothespins. Cutting the strips can be tedious, but it’s not hard.

IMG_7068Mod Podge all of the paper strips to the clothespins. Add a medium layer of Mod Podge to the clothespin with the paintbrush, smooth the paper down and repeat. Let dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

IMG_7069Do this with all 48 clothespins. Add a topcoat of Mod Podge to the top of each clothespin. Let dry.

IMG_7070Now this is an extra step, but it makes the clothespins shiny and look like they have enamel on top, so I like it. Add Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to the top of each clothespin and let dry.

IMG_7076Space the clothespins evenly around the mirror; glue or just clip in place if you want to change them out. Glue a piece of coordinating ribbon to the back of the mirror as a hanger. You could also use a few Command strips if you don’t want to use ribbon.

How to make a mirror with clothespinsSee how easy that was? I think it would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift – I know my mom would love this mirror!


  1. says

    This is very pretty. Decoupaging clothespins is a wonderful idea!
    I use them all the time as chip and cereal clips. Or to clip anything that I don’t want to dry out. Now I can make some pretty ones to use that way, and maybe eventually a mirror.