Monday, March 24, 2014

Altered Clothes Pins

Now that Spring is officially here, I have been on the lookout for fun ideas that involve plants and pots and found a project that is definitely my kind of art - it involves creativity, things I have around the house and can be made in a short amount of time!


Isn't this a great planter?! 

Let's get our supplies!

Globecraft & Piccolo:


Tuna can, cleaned & dry
19 clothes pins (or enough to go around your can)
Various word stamps
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Stain Tattered Rose
Distress Stain Picket Fence
Distress Ink Vintage Photo

The How To:
Start by pouncing the Adhesive Fluid around a small portion of the can. Because the can is nonporous, the fluid will bead up and create your random splatter. Easy peasy! Roll the bottle of embossing enamel. Sprinkle on the enamel and heat. (Be careful! The can will get HOT!)


While you are waiting for the can to cool, work on the clothes pins. I dabbed some Distress Stain in Tattered Rose. (My pins were coated, so they didn't absorb the color well. Next time I will lightly sand the clothes pin faces.)

Dab Adhesive Fluid only onto the bottom portion of the pins. Melt the powder and set pins aside to cool. Love the silver in the Temple Stone powder and how it all comes together now!


Lightly swipe the Picket Fence Distress Stain across the pins and let dry. Using your favorite blender, apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the sides.


 Using your favorite word stamps & Archival Ink, add words to the pins. (I used stamps from Studio Calico, 7 gypsies, Stampin' Up!, Studio G...) Let dry.

At this point, I adhered Piccolo Accents with Glastique. After the embellishments dried I added Glastique to the tops of the accents to add shine and durability.

Time for the 3D Enamel Gels! Apply the gel to one or two of the small portions of the pin. Let dry.

If I decide not to use this as a planter, I can easily use this as a pencil/pen/marker cup. If I add magnets to the pins I could use this on a metal board or refrigerator...oh the possibilities!


Love the gloss of the 3D gels on the clothes pin tips!


Use number stamps for special dates, times, addresses...


Even if the whole stamp doesn't fit onto the clothes pin, you might be able to use! See the chevrons?


I think I'm going to have to make a few more of these to contain the mint!

Inky hugs,

3 comments:

Sandy Fredrick said...

Awesome planter, love the variety of designs you did on the clothes pins. Great tips for usage too!!

Christi Conley said...

These are SOOOO cute!!

Sandy Hulsart said...

What a fun, creative and useful project. Love your choice of stamps for the clothes pins. Great job, Angi.