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DIY Chip Clips from Clothespins (Kitchen Hack!)

Learn how to turn clothespins into chip clips! This DIY project is SO easy that even a kid can do it. Budget friendly and customizable.

Skills Required: None. This is simple, and cheap, and great for people who have never crafted before. You don’t need much experience; just using scissors and a paintbrush.

DIY Chip Clips from Clothespins (Kitchen Hack!)

There’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 DIY chip clips by using simple clothespins I purchased from the dollar store.

How to decorate 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! Learn how to make this cute clothespin craft idea below.

Clothespin Chip Clips

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

Steps to make DIY chip clips:

Paper cutter trimming paper to fit the clothespins

First, 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.

Brushing a medium coat of decoupage over the wood on clothespins

Brush 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.

Applying a final coat of Mod Podge to the DIY chip clips with a paintbrush

Once 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.

Homemade chip clips

Use 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!


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