August 25, 2010

Introducing Rustic Clothespins

Hello friends. Today I have something very fun to show you. I'm introducing my Rustic Clothespins in the color Rusty Pumpkin, the first of many colors to come to my Etsy shop.
My Rustic Clothespins are hand stained with 100% organic material. It makes me feel so good to know that I'm using a product that is safe for the environment. And as you know, I love clothespins. I think they are the niftiest little invention. Of course I love them for hanging clothes out on my new clothesline (did I tell you I got one?)....but I also love clothespins in my paper crafting world. I use clothespins to hold together notes, bills, cards to be mailed, school papers, design team work, etc. I love that clothespins have been around for such a long time and we still find new uses for them.

My hand stained Rustic Clothespins will be sold in sets of 5 for $4.00, a great price to help you make gifts for under $5 bucks. Unlike painted clothespins, the stain I use allows the real wood texture and grain and shiny metal of the clothespins to show through. Very rustic looking indeed. I'll be adding more colors to my Etsy shop in the near future.
I started with my Rusty Pumpkin Rustic Clothespins because I wanted to be able to use this color for Fall and Halloween projects. How about I show you a little project that will be perfect for gift giving...perfect for teachers and girls would love this. I'm going to be creating some embellished clothespins so let's get started.

I started by choosing some fun October Afternoon papers that all had some color of orange on them. Love the mixy matchy look but that they're all tied together still. I also picked out some Papertrey Vintage Buttons in Terracotta Tile and Aqua Mist along with some Chocolate Baker's Twine and of course my Rusty Pumpkin Rustic Clothespins.
Next up, I cut one each of the patterned papers to measure 5/16" x 2-1/4". I also matched up buttons for each clothespin.
I like to use 1/4" Scor-Tape to adhere the paper to the clothespins.
It's not necessary to keep the papers adhered, but a little brushing of Mod Podge will really keep the papers in tact.
Next up, tie the Vintage Buttons with Chocolate Baker's Twine. A little tip is to tie buttons without cutting the twine off the spool. You'll waste a lot less twine and the long length gives you extra room to work with.
Next, adhere the buttons to the clothespins. Any craft glue will do, just allow some drying time before packaging up the clothespins.
Now it's time for things to get really fancy. Cut a scrap of the October Afternoon paper to fit one of my Medium Manila Parcel Tags.
Clip on the embellished clothespins. This creates a wonderful base for the clothespin so that they don't slide all around in your package.
Next up, it's time for my favorite part.....the final gift packaging. Cut another piece of patterned paper to measure 4-3/4" x 4-3/4" square. Slide this into one of my new Large Cello Gusset Bags, now available in my Etsy shop.
Fold the bag over and tape to the back with clear tape. Tie on the prettiest ribbon you can find. I'm using Papertrey's Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon in Terracotta Tile. Add the finishing touch by adding a Tiny Tag stamped with a sentiment from Friendship Jar Fall Fillers. The tiny sentiments from this set all fit perfectly on my Tiny Tags. I just did up a new batch of Tiny Tags so there's lots in the shop now.
And there ya have it, folks. A beautiful package that's almost too pretty to open. My mother would never open this gift, she'd just admire it with the packaging left on. Don't do that though....embrace the gift. Open it. Use it, cuz these embellished clothespins are just too cute not to use. I hope you're inspired today to get crafty. :)


Melissa said...

So sweet and fun, my adorable friend.

LMcBurney said...

I love the little package you made. I know lots of people that would not want to open it...just look at it. Ha! Very fun idea Michelle. I don't know if you follow the papercraft trends really closely or if you are the papercraft trendsetter. Either way, I try not to miss your postings.

Serendipity Blog said...

You are simply amazing!

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

These are adorable Mish! Love 'em!

eudokia said...

wow!! i love them!!you are always an inspiration!
i made "back to school" clothespins for my students!

Anne said...

Wow! I LOVE these and WANT to make them.

Cindy Lyles said...

OMW Mish this is the cutest packaging ever! These are going to be perfect for teacher gifts this year, if I can part with any of them! xoxox Cindy

mravljica :: little ant said...

Wonderful! It always amazes me how cute these clothespins turn out after adhering a piece of patterned paper and a button. But your packaging... yummy! I really admire you. Every time I visit your blog, there is always something adorable waiting for all of us.

Alyssa B said...

hows your personal days going? Love today's projects btw

Heidi said...

Mish these are adorable! What a great gift!

Diana said...

You are so awesome. I get so excited and happy when I visit your blog. It really does encourage me to pull out my supplies and start creating. I just finished up making cards and treat bags for all of my friends who are teachers. I also made covered note pads to go into the small colored paper bags covered in school themed scrapbook paper. I included chocolate and small ink pens in different colors too. Fun stuff. Thank you for all the time and hard work in put into your blog. It is a joy to stop by each day!

Nicole Maki said...

I really love your blog and all your projects. These clothes pins were so cute that I had to make a few sets.

Here is a link to the post I did about them.

Thanks for always inspiring.

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