Introduction: Clothespin Message

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My mom wasn't have a great day so I made this to cheer her up. This project was inspired by a pin from (; when I saw it, I immediately knew it would make her smile.

These would work great as little notes left on desks or for treasure hunts. Or perhaps one of your friends is also feeling down, and you want to cheer him/her up. Any way, these are quick and easy gifts for any and all!

Note: You might notice that the images and words are almost exactly like the ones in this tutorial: This is because I'm the author of that tutorial too, and I just recycled my old photos and words.

Step 1: Materials

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Gather these ingredients: 

- pencils
- colored pens or pencils
- markers 
- scissors
- glue
- paper 
- clothespin
- pizzazz 

Step 2: Exterior Message

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Using a pen, write something on the clothespin. You can choose to put "You have a message..." like I did, or come up with something else (such as "YOU'VE GOT MAIL!"). 
Note: Don't use a marker. I tried this and the marker's ink spread and made my words fat and too close to distinguish. 

Step 3: Envelope

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Cut out a rectangle (future envelope) that fits on the jaws of the clothespin . Then let out your creative side and decorate the rectangle  before cutting it in half lengthwise.

Glue each half to the clothespin so that the edges match like a puzzle. 

Step 4: Interior Message: Cutting It

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Cut out a trapezoid that looks like the one in the picture. It should fit inside the jaws when you open the jaws as wide as possible.

Next, put that trapezoid on your paper and draw a rectangle around it. Using a pencil, lightly trace around the trapezoid in the rectangle before cutting the rectangle out. 

By the way, can anyone guess what the book in the background is? (hint: comic of a Studio Ghibli movie)

Step 5: Interior Message: Writing It

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Write your message on the rectangle, making sure that the message is inside the borders of the trapezoid. Also make sure that the trapezoid looks like it is "pointing" to the right.

Then fold the rectangle in half so that the words are on the outside, not inside the fold. 

You should then be able to see the pencil line of the trapezoid. Fold the paper along that line so that you get a "flap". Flip the paper over and repeat on the other side with the other trapezoid line. 

Once done, erase the trapezoid pencil line. 

Step 6: Gluing

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Put glue on both of your flaps (the pink parts in previous step) and place the paper sandwich on the bottom jaw of your clothespin.

Gently close the jaws, and then open them back up to make sure that your message is facing the right way and isn't upside down. Fix the message if it is.

Close the jaws, squeeze them together, and wait a bit for the glue to set.

Step 7: DONE

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Your clothespin message is finally done! Now go out there and use it to bring a smile to someone else's face. ;) 


myrkastark made it! (author)2016-03-03

A really fun project. Thank you! I made mine for my boyfriend for our anniversary :)

watchmeflyy (author)myrkastark2016-03-08

Looks wonderful! I'm sure he liked it. :)

nuffnuffnuffing made it! (author)2016-02-14

thanks this is a really cool project. I made it for valentine's day.

Great job! :)

ediestel (author)2015-12-23

DEFINATELY making some of these soon!! Love!!!!!

watchmeflyy (author)ediestel2015-12-26

Have fun! Looking forward to your pictures. :)

RiceL1 (author)2015-06-15

rakspin_vr (author)2014-09-27

10x for the idea

watchmeflyy (author)rakspin_vr 2014-09-27

Great job! You're more than welcome.

P.S. Check your inbox; I sent you a little gift. ;)

MacyT (author)2014-08-28

I don't understand how to get the inside message there. D:

watchmeflyy (author)MacyT2014-08-28

Hello! Follow steps 4-5 to learn how to accordion fold your trapezoid (basically you should get VVV <-- looks like that) and then the second picture in step 5 shows you where the apply glue. Then just put the accordion folded trapezoid in the jaws of your clothespin and shut the clothespin to let the glue set. Hope that helps!

thehbird (author)2014-02-03

love this idea

watchmeflyy (author)thehbird2014-02-04

Thanks for your nice comment! :3

thehbird (author)watchmeflyy2014-03-25

I have a question are you a anime fan, and if so are those soot sprites on you profile pic ;P

watchmeflyy (author)thehbird2014-03-26

I'm more into manga than anime, but I love all Miyazaki movies. Yes, those are indeed soot sprites. ^^

abritsas (author)2014-03-08

I made this for my son on Valentine's day. It was fun & easy , and he loved it!

watchmeflyy (author)abritsas2014-03-08

I'm glad my tutorial was useful for you! :)

sunshiine (author)2014-02-27


watchmeflyy (author)sunshiine2014-02-28

Thank you! ^^

ecsaul23 (author)2014-02-14

Princess Mononoke?

watchmeflyy (author)ecsaul232014-02-14

You're somewhat close. :3
Hint: look at the blue clothing in step 4's picture.

ecsaul23 (author)watchmeflyy2014-02-14

Nausica and the valley of the wind?

watchmeflyy (author)ecsaul232014-02-14

BINGO. Nice job. :D

ecsaul23 (author)watchmeflyy2014-02-14

yay! do I get a cookie? :p

watchmeflyy (author)ecsaul232014-02-15

I would love to give you a cookie if I ever met you in person. ^^ Perhaps throw some confetti in the air also.

liliyoa (author)2014-02-13


watchmeflyy (author)liliyoa2014-02-13

That's great! I'm sure your mom loved it. ;)

XOXO Happy (early) Valentine's day to you too!

davegking (author)2014-02-12

I like it!

watchmeflyy (author)davegking2014-02-12

Thanks! ^^

Chikpeas Brother (author)2014-02-11

This is so clever! Why wasn't it featured?

Thanks! Well, the pictures aren't the greatest quality *sheepish shrug*, and it's a project that I posted on another website a few years ago, actually.

darkrose20 (author)2014-02-06

Thanks! I made this for my b/f for Valentines!

watchmeflyy (author)darkrose202014-02-11

That's great! I know he'll love it. ;)

ldabague (author)2014-02-06

Really creative and cute.

watchmeflyy (author)ldabague2014-02-06

Thanks for your nice comment! ^^

E Major (author)2014-02-04

So cute!

watchmeflyy (author)E Major2014-02-04

Thanks! So is the cat in your profile picture!

foobear (author)2013-09-21

That is pretty cute!

watchmeflyy (author)foobear2013-10-18

Thanks! That's what my mom said when I gave it to her. ;)

Dominic Bender (author)2013-09-20

Cool idea, thanks for sharing!

I wonder, if you placed the message a little further in... Yes, you would lose some space for the actual message, but you might be able to clamp it to a present or a card...

That's a great idea! I've also considered gluing several clothespins together so they might look like a gag gift, but once you pinch all of them a whole message appears.

rimar2000 (author)2013-09-21


Kiteman (author)2013-09-21

Nice job.

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