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Cute clothespin picture hangers

Here’s a project your preschooler can help create using Plaid’s Apple Barrel paint, simple materials from Walmart and a little creativity. Create picture hangers using clothespins and wood shapes that you paint and then hang on a string of yarn pinned to the wall. Your preschooler can paint the wood shapes however they like and then you can help them glue it all together.

Clothespin picture hangers painted with Plaid paint

Clothespin picture hangers painted with Plaid paint

This project was inspired by Plaid, I was provided a Walmart gift card to shop for materials to use along with paints and other materials from Plaid (all of which you can get at your local Walmart). There are so many great ideas of things to create, I had a hard time deciding… so, you’ll see more painted projects in the near future. Plaid has great quality paints and other fun craft supplies available at Walmart. You’ll find stencils, craft surfaces and of course, paint. Here’s some of the fun project inspiration I found…

Plaid paint and crafting project inspiration at Walmart

Plaid paint and crafting project inspiration at Walmart

Make cute clothespin picture hangers

Materials you need:

  • Apple Barrel Paint from PLAID in Red, Blue and Yellow
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • Wood craft shapes
  • Wood clothes pins
  • Paint brush
  • Craft glue
Plaid paint and craft supplies

Plaid paint and craft supplies

Note: I received chalkboard paint in my goodie box, but didn’t use it in this project… however, YOU could use it for extra crafting fun if you’d like (think chalkboard paint on the wood shapes so you can write letters on each and change it up now and again).

Wood shapes and clothespins at Walmart

Wood shapes and clothespins at Walmart

Paint, wood shapes and paint brush

Paint, wood shapes and paint brush

Tip: I like to recycle plastic lids from food containers to use as paint palettes. 

Instructions:

  1. Paint each of the wood pieces and clothes pins however you like. Let dry thoroughly.
  2. Glue wood shapes together and then to the clothespins. Let dry.
  3. Seal the entire piece by brushing on Mod Podge. Let dry. (Optional but highly recommended.)

That’s it!

Painted clothespin art

Painted clothespin art

You don’t have to paint your clothespins perfectly. My preschooler didn’t want to paint the edges of the wood shapes, so we left them roughly painted. She had a little trouble painting the clothes pins, so she started and I finished the process.

Plaid painted clothepin art

Plaid painted clothepin art

Clothespin art hangers painted with Plaid paint

Clothespin art hangers painted with Plaid paint

Have fun painting! Keep in mind, if you’re tempted to use kid washable paint instead of acrylic craft paint. Don’t. The quality of coverage you’ll get on the wood is much better with a craft paint. Just cover your painting space and wash up right after painting and all will be well! Let your preschooler decide how things should turn out. My preschooler chose which pieces she wanted to paint which colors. Let your child’s creativity take over when it comes to the decisions of how something should look. There is no right nor wrong in creativity… just doing it and being proud of it.

Find more creative inspiration at:

Plaid Crafts on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/plaidcrafts
Plaid on Twitter: http://twitter.com/plaidcrafts/
Make a chalkboard tray from Sumossweetstuff.com

These cute clothespins would also make a great gift. Make sets of 3, package in a little personalized gift wrap and tie a pretty bow. Have your preschooler color a card and you’re set with a wonderful personalized, handmade gift!

Disclaimer:  I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions are my own.


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Jen Goode is the creator and owner of ProjectsforPreschoolers.com. She is a work-at-home mom of 3 and the owner and “doodler in charge” of JGoode Designs, a Denver based art and design studio. She has been a creative professional since 1996. Jen, shares her creative inspirations here at Projects for Preschoolers as well as 100 Directions and as a featured contributor on various sites throughout the web. Connect: FB Twitter Pinterest +Jen Goode
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One Response to “Cute clothespin picture hangers”

  1. Those are super cute, and for some reason remind me of Dr. Seuss, though I have no idea why. :D

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