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Pretty Easy
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San Francisco, California, US
2011
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Turn a clothespin into a sweet gift!

My mom wasn't have a great day so I made her this to cheer her up. :) I had seen something like this on pinterest.com so I made up my own steps to whip this up.

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Instructions

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your materials.

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 2
    Step 2

    Write something on the clothespin. You can choose to put "You have a message..." on it like I did, or just come up with something else (such as "YOU'VE GOT MAIL!").

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out a rectangle that fits on the jaws of the clothespin like in the picture. It will be the envelope.

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 4
    Step 4

    Decorate your envelope however you like.

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut the envelope in half.

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 6
    Step 6

    Glue the top half to the top jaw and the bottom half to the bottom jaw.

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 7
    Step 7

    Get your paper out and 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.

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 8
    Step 8

    (picture of how the trapezoid should be able to fit) By the way, can anyone guess what the book in the background is? (hint: comic of a Studio Ghibli movie)

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 9
    Step 9

    Put that trapezoid on your paper and draw a rectangle around it like in the picture. (Black lines outline the rectangle, and the black lines inside show the outline of the trapezoid.) Using a pencil, lightly trace around the trapezoid in the rectangle.

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cut out the rectangle, and you should have something like this. The black lines show where you should have penciled in the outline of the trapezoid.

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 11
    Step 11

    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.

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 12
    Step 12

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

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 13
    Step 13

    Put glue on both of your flaps (the pink of the picture of step 12) 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.

  • How to make a recycled card. Clothespin Message - Step 14
    Step 14

    Then close the jaws, squeeze them together, and wait a bit for the glue to set. Then you're done! I hope you liked my tutorial, and have fun with this. ;)

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Tpmike
Tpmike
Incredible work
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BrendaLea A.
BrendaLea A. · Du Quoin, Illinois, US · 4 projects
I have to make some of these... adorable.
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Rainbow Wyvern
Rainbow Wyvern · Erie, Pennsylvania, US
Wow, that is so adorable and clever! I love it!
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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
thats really lovely! so cute Happy
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Miss_Fit
Miss_Fit · St Catharines, Ontario, CA · 31 projects
This is darling
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Jill
Jill · Foster City, California, US · 27 projects
Super cute! And such a sweet reason for making it.
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debra s.
debra s.
i am looking for the person, and derictions to make the clothepin reindeer necklace any one have a clue where to find it
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Hermione Granger
Hermione Granger · Mayo Abbey, Mayo, IE
cool
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justjojo27
justjojo27 · Marlboro Township, New Jersey, US · 2 projects
That's awesome!
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Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 134 projects
RazzBunny: CORRECT! I love Miyazaki movies. I borrowed the comic of Nausicaa of the Valley wind, and it just happened to be nearby when I needed a contrasting color to make the shape of the white paper show.
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