August 26, 2011

Feature Friday - spraypainted clothespins

Today's project is crazy simple and I'm pretty happy about it because I killed 3 birds with one stone. 

BIRD #1: Remember my strange obsession with wanting chip clips?  Quite a few of you mentioned that clothespins are the perfect inexpensive solution.  Duh!  Why didn't I think of that? 

BIRD #2: I have these cute glass conatiners on my kitchen counter that I've been wanting to fill with something.  I wanted it to be something bright and colorful, but not something like gumballs because I knew my kids would beg to eat them non-stop.

BIRD #3: I needed a Feature Friday post.

So, how did I kill the birds?  (We're not talking literally folks.  I like birds and there weren't any birds harmed during the preparation of this post.)  I remembered the Dana from Made spray painted some clothespins HERE, to use when displaying her sewing projects.  So, I bought a cheap bag of clothespins and whipped out my can of spray paint.



Then I filled the glass jar with them so I can pull them out when I need to. 


The chips, the bags in the freezer, and everything that opens is getting a clothespin slapped onto it now.  My kitchen will be the freshest place around.  Wahoo!  (I bet you didn't think anyone could get that excited about clothespins, huh?)


And my kitchen centerpiece is finally complete.  (Well, I still have one more glass container to fill.  Got any ideas?  Remember...no candy.)


And, in case you're wondering, the crate was from an antique shop, the tiered fruit stand is from Target, the glass containers were from TaiPan (in Utah) a while back.


That's it.  Thanks for your help.  You readers rock.

51 comments:

  1. 1. I would totally get that excited about clothespins...or anything that can be spray painted.
    2. I want to make those now even though I have several plastic chip clips I got at wedding showers.
    3. My kitchen is the color of those clothespins which makes me want to do that even more...and I have a huge bag of clothes pins [from wedding showers] that I don't use.
    4. Straws? I know the cute paper ones are not cheap, but you might find something that would work in a more affordable straw. Maybe some of the same turquoise from a party store or party section of a dollar store?
    5. Sorry, that was a super long comment.

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  2. Looks adorable! Maybe some straws, teabags or small napkins for the other one? Looks cute as is too!

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  3. Cute! I love the color you spraypainted them. If I didn't actually use mine for clothes, I'd totally do this! haha! And suggestion for your other container, safety pins! Seems like I'm always needing a few of those, and I have to go digging for them. Plus, they'd be cheap and look cute!

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  4. Love those! I absolutely love your glass jars too! I'm thinking maybe straws or napkins in the empty jar? Or maybe fruit roll ups?

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  5. Whoah- you have a pot filler? Too cool! I like the straw idea:)

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  6. I hate the killing birds analogy, so I use "feed two birds with one hand" instead, which I heard from a bird lover one time long ago.

    What about twine for the other jar? Like spools of different colored baker's twine...?

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  7. Love the spray painted clothespins! I just did a project myself regarding clothespins...my friends bachelorette party is this weekend and we are having a "panty line". I made a coordinating clothespin for each panty color/type. I used modge podge and paper/tissue to cover mine...I don't think there is lace spray paint ha. The spray paint would have been MUCH easier though!

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  8. Put some fun straws in the other!

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  9. I think some twine would look good in there and would look like it goes with the clothes pins.

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  10. I successfully gave up drinking sodas a few years ago (YEAH!!), but now I'm very frequently shaking those mix packets into my water. If you like and use those, then your container would be a perfect little house for them. If your kitchen were my kitchen, then that's what you'd see in there. Just a suggestion...enjoy your clothespins! I have two ziploc bags (gallon-size) holding my clothespin surplus! Love them!! Thanks also for sharing the Target buy -- the tiered stand -- I'm on my way there in about five minutes.

    mynoodlecaboodle.blogspot.com

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  11. Brilliant! I love the aqua clothespins for display. I think I need to take all of mine off my chip bags and spray paint them lime green. Thanks for the idea.

    Also, I am totally in love with your kitchen! That door behind the third photo that looks like a barn door with the hinges - FABULOUS! The brick - fabulous! I love it!

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  12. YOU SHOULD PUT GREEN CLOTHESPINS IN THE OTHER JAR!!

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  13. Looks great! Love the color. I have 2 glass containers on my counter and I have unpopped corn in one and dried beans in the other. My 3 year old will see the popcorn and ask for it for a snack. It is quick and easy to whip up, and provides entertainment while it pops and is healthy (no butter).

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  14. looks awesome cheri!

    you could fill the next one with stickers as rewards for the kiddos! or marbles would look pretty. Happy Friday! :0)

    - jen
    walls.jennifer1@gmail.com

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  15. i want to do this ! where did you buy the wooden clothespins??

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  16. Your centerpiece looks great! What about lemons or limes (or both) in the other jar?

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  17. Your kitchen is gorgeous. The end.

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  18. Love the spray painted clothespins, why didn't I think of that? Totally going to do it too.

    I've seen jars in kitchens filled with colorful cupcake wrappers & measuring spoons. You could use colorful straws. I vote for something useful and pretty/colorful.

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  19. That is so cute! And I especially love the way the texture of the clothespins looks inside the glass jar. Very nice!

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  20. Do napkins fit in the other jar? Or straws would be cute if its tall enough.

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  21. I love the centerpiece! Those glass jars are so awesome! My vote for what goes in the empty one: A conversation jar. Cut up papers and write things to talk about, everyone can contribute and give ideas to write down. Then, at dinner someone chooses one and everyone talks about it.

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  22. Do goldfish crackers count as candy? I saw a gumball machine filled with the crackers and always thought it was so cute.

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  23. I have a jar in my kitchen filled with fun things to do, reading books, playing outside, board games, that kind of thing. When we have a lull the kids close their eyes and pick what we do. It's always a big hit. And I like the look of the little folded bits of paper.

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  24. Not to knock your clothespins which are super cute and functional, but have you ever tried these?
    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70083252
    They don't work so great on a whole bag of chips (though I've tried) but they work wonders on everything else like bread, frozen veggie bags, etc.

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  25. Fill it with multicolored pasta!! Curly rotini! The drawers in a friend of mine's house have this cool display glass thing, and whenever there is candy it always seems to get lower and lower....but pasta looks nice and is a little less tempting ;) Or some of those decorative eggs, I saw that on a blog somewhere during Easter...anything you do will pretty much be amazing though. I love this blog!!

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  26. I love the color of the pins! What a great idea! The blue is the color we are painting our baby's nursery this weekend! Blue and red! Love it! Great idea!!!

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  27. When I was younger my mom used to keep cough drops in a jar in the kitchen in the fall and winter... although my brother and I traded coughs like baseball cards.

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  28. Maybe measuring spoons, painted chopsticks (if they'll fit), cute napkin rings, colored pasta, popcorn, rice (the multicolored rice would be super cute!)or even crayons or colored pencils (to keep your kids busy while you cook!) The possibilities are endless!

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  29. Very cute! I love the tea bag idea - Stash tea bags come individually wrapped in colorful packets. An assortment of them would be pretty, especially with the cooler weather. Straws are also useful in the kitchen

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  30. Rubber band balls would be cute in there, fun bright colors and also equally helpful in the kitchen!!

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  31. I think straws or tea bags would be super cute next those GREAT clothespins. I too, have an obsession with clips, so I "get it". Your kitchen is immaculate! Where do you put your "stuff"??

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  32. Love the idea!! I said napkins...you always need to pull out the napkins. Or Colorful Plastic spoons..(I always wash them and reuse again and again)I hope you share the idea again for the 2nd birdhouse. I would love to see what you have decided to do. happy friday to you!

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  33. great ideas! i have a HUGE jar filled with all my metal (silver and coloured) cookie cutters. Fun and functional decor. =)

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  34. Cute!

    Maybe fill the small container with mini plastic fruit, like fruit-shaped beads? It'd be colorful AND go with the fruit stand. Either way, I'm sure you'll figure something adorable out. =D

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  35. Dried beans? I have seen them in white at the store or you could spray them for more color...just a thought! :)

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  36. I have a jar like that on my counter with those gel packs that go in your dishwasher. {they are pretty I guess?!} My jars said "not suitable for food" so that was all I could think of to put in there that would still make them functional! {these things: http://www.amazon.com/Cascade-Action-Dishwasher-Detergent-32-Count/dp/B000VKQQM0}

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  38. What about those cute umbrella toothpicks! They're cute and fun! Definetely something colorful. I think it brings out your personality :)

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  39. Ok I have always used clothespin, why didn't I ever think to make them cute? You have lots of suggestions for the other jar, I'm thinking little boxes of raisins or their vitamins.

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  40. I have a super idea, recycled crayon balls :) colorful and interesting :) multicolored swirl into a cake lollipop pan and put them into the container :)

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  41. I love the coloured clothes pins! Your jar setting is spectacular and I am sure that whatever you come up with will be gorgeous but if that set up lived in my kitchen, it would be filled with the cupcake paper liners! I have some for all seasons and they never et all used and I am left wondering how to store the remaining few....this jar would be great! I also liked the cookie cutter idea as that is my next nemesis! Mine live in an ugly plastic container that refuses to grow with my collection! Can't wait to see what you choose!

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  42. oooo I LOVE your brick walls. What a great kitchen!

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  43. oooooh, pretty clothespins, bestill my heart. I love it.
    What if you filled the jar with dried fruit? Then your kids could snoop in it and feel all naughty while you snicker to yourself about them eating handfuls of apple. I've been dried-apple-crazy lately. I ate so much the other day, snacking mindlessly while trying to catch up on my blog feed, that I started to feel full. so I felt guilty. Then I checked the ingredients. "Apples." the end. So then I was actually like "Go me. I'm awesome, eatin all them apples."

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  44. I've always used clothes pins, but I've never thought of painting them. Genius!

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  45. I didn't read all the comments first so I hope this isn't a repeat - but I suggest cupcake wrappers. You can use them to hold snacks (like a few grapes, slices of cheese or apples, crackers, etc.) they can be separated and used to build cupcake wrapper towers perfect for demolition by wee boys with toy cars, super heroes, and folded paper footballs, while mom washes counters, makes lunch, and organizes chip bags {giggle}, or just to temporarily house cupcakes prior to consumption AND they are available in a wide range of sizes, colors, and patterns so you can change with your mood or season for just pennies!! I know, I'm a genius . . . {grin} . . . not a grammatical genius - just a what should I put in this container type genius. Here's a link with which I am totally unaffiliated to preview the potential - enjoy! http://www.flickr.com/photos/25488115@N06/5373550287/in/pool-1037714@N24/lightbox/
    Oh, and as an endorsement for my sweet littles - if you want some cupcake inspiration for the day click http://www.cupcakesforkiddos.com and grin at my do gooders.

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  46. So cute! I've always used clothespins for bag clips, but now mine will be painted too! For the other jar I would probablly either use marbles, or feathers for a different texture. Maybe a few pecock feathers? Good luck, I know whatever you do will look great!

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  47. the clothespins look so cute just sitting in the jar!

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  48. What about some fabric fortune cookies for your empty jar? http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/05/fabric-fortune-cookies.html#more

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  49. You could put encouraging verses or thoughts to get you through the day, or questions or conversation starters for meal time

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  50. I like Heather's comment about conversation starters or encouraging thoughts. I've been wanting to make a bowlful of these for a while.

    http://blog.creativekismet.com/2011/01/06/little-guiding-stars/

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