Yeah, I know. No big whoop. However ….
And once you have that you can form it into this …
Clothespin Fruit Bowl
Or you can spiral it and use it like this …
A Tabletop Sculpture
Or stack the bowl up a bit and have …
A Sculptural Bowl
Or just form it into whatever shape you want and lay it on a table or buffet. Like this.
So by now you have the idea that you can do just about anything you want with this method. The humble clothespin and some electrical wire. All for about $10. Who knew. Plus it provides hours of entertainment. It reminds me of a simpler time. A time when I was a kid and my only source of entertainment was a potato and a set of plastic ears.
Total cost of this project? $15.
I’ve used just over 9 feet of this hot pink wire which I bought for a total of $7 at the hardware store. I chose this wire in particular because it held its shape when I bent it and the clothespins fit around it perfectly without slipping.
If you don’t like the pink wire you can give it a quick coat of paint. Chances are it’ll just crack when you bend it though. I happen to like the bit of pink poking through. It adds some zip.
I used 220 clothespins. They cost $1.25 for 50 at the Dollar Store bringing the total to a whopping $7.50
If you happen to have some standard electical wire around, you can use that too. You just won’t be able to shift your pins around as much because the wire isn’t round.
To make it even easier to form your project into the shape you want, squish your clothespins together as tightly as you can. This will make the wire even stiffer.
If you come up with a bowl shape you absolutely love and don’t want to lose, just dot a few beads of hot glue around the edges to hold it together. If you do a spiral sculpture like I have on my sofa table, use a bit of 2 way tape strategically to make sure it stays put. Just stick it the odd place between the clothespins and the table.
It’s a bit fiddly this project. You’re an artist. Suck it up. Be thankful I’m not asking you to cut off your ear or pee on your finished piece. Deal with a little fussing.
And finally, if you’d like to call your clothespins, clothespegs … you may. I call them clothespegs and have been corrected a few times because of it. This angers me. And you don’t want to anger me. I spit and throw things. Occasionally I hide the remote.
Evidently, clothespins are what we use now, clothespegs are the things they used in the olden days shaped like pegs. And as you know, I like things from the olden days.
The possibilities with this are endless. You could paint them, stain them, hang them from the wall. About the only thing I wouldn’t recommend you do with clothespins is hang sheets on a line with them. People say they love sun dried sheets. Those people must love crispy, stiff sheets with the odd bug in them. I do not.
I do, however, like a unique, artistic, innovative $15 table sculpture that I can reshape into a fruit bowl on a whim. Come to think of it, it’d also be perfect for potatoes.