Clothespin Planter

Children love crafts that are simple, turn out well and can serve as a suitable gift for Mom – this craft is all of that.

To make this you will need: a tuna fish can (I used a 5 ounce size), clothespins, construction paper and a small plant or flower arrangement.

Clip clothespins all the way around the rim of the can.

Place your plant inside – I used wheat grass that I grew myself in a wax paper cup.

Cut hearts from construction paper and tuck in between clothespins.

These would also be great as a simple Spring centerpiece.

You can also drop a glass votive and tea light inside and use these as an interesting candle holder too.


  1. Mariolonza  January 18, 2011

    How nice! Also I was little I used the clips to the school to make some small gift for my mom! This your idea is very nice, you think getting a useful item for recycling and cute, good! I’ll take an example and I will do something similar, maybe rearrange a little ‘with felt or another!

    Ciao, Mariolonza

    • camilla  January 21, 2011

      Grazie! Sono così contento che ti piaccia le mie idee! Felice anno nuovo e vi ringrazio per il commento!
      Ciao, Camilla

  2. Regina @ Chalkinmypocket  January 18, 2011

    Get out! This is super cute, so glad I clicked on your header and was brought to more inspiring posts, I’m subscribing!

    • camilla  January 21, 2011

      Regina – Thank you! I love to do this stuff – so glad you like it! Take Care, Camilla

  3. Ruth Ann  January 21, 2011

    You have one of the most wonderful DIY blogs I have ever ever ever run across. I scrolled through all the pages just AMAZED and loving nearly every single entry! Please keep this up, you are so talented.
    Ruth Ann

    • camilla  January 21, 2011

      Ruth Ann, What a nice comment! Thank you and have a wonderful weekend! Camilla

  4. Heather @ Life Gluten Free  January 22, 2011

    What a sweet idea! I love it. My daughter will have fun with this craft, easy enough for her to help with. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Rachel  January 24, 2011

    That is WAY cute! What a fun gift idea. Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

    • camilla  January 24, 2011

      Rachel, You are the best! Thank you! I’ll be sending more your way 😉 Take Care, Camilla

  6. Rachelle  January 25, 2011

    I just found your blog, and I love it! This is such a great idea — I love making things with found objects, but they can often look junky. Not this one! Very cute and rustic.

  7. Missy  January 27, 2011

    Um! LOVE this idea! Super for preschoolers to do. I think I will have mine paint the clothes pins to add some color! But for me…I’ll take it plain thank you!

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. handan  January 28, 2011

    i love it.

  9. Leah  February 2, 2011

    This is a wonderful project. What a neat idea!

    • camilla  February 2, 2011

      Thanks Leah – love your site!

  10. Carina  February 8, 2011

    I love this craft!!. Today I’ve discover your site and I add it to my favourites.
    Regards from Barcelona

    • camilla  February 8, 2011

      Gracias, Carina!

  11. Heather  February 8, 2011

    This is so fabulous, simple, and modern. I’m linking to it on Feb 12 at Dollar Store crafts. The link will be:

    • camilla  February 9, 2011

      Thanks Heather! I really appreciate it! Take Care, Camilla

  12. Steff  February 13, 2011

    These are ridiculously beautiful! Finding your post (via Heather!) put the first smile of the day on my face. I’m lucky enough to have a basket full of wooden clothespins and, to put my own twist on things, a can of white spray paint.
    Gotta grow me some grass now, I suppose!

  13. here be dragons  February 14, 2011

    lovely and simple! Thank you!

  14. Lisa  February 26, 2011

    What a cute and great idea………have a grandson that we could make this together for his mom for Mothers Day………I subscribed to your site……..

    • camilla  February 26, 2011

      Lisa – that sounds great – it would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift! Thanks for commenting – take care, Camilla

  15. Karen Jones  March 5, 2011

    Michaels has some really cute decorated clothes pins in their dollar section. They’re 4 for a dollar. They are pink and mint green floral. Wouldn’t those be adorable??!!

    • camilla  March 5, 2011

      Thanks Karen – that is great to know! Camilla

  16. Marina  March 7, 2011

    Great idea…!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Isabela  May 8, 2011

    very, very, very cute!

  18. Cindy  July 19, 2011

    I love this! So clever!

  19. juan bozo  March 1, 2012

    muy buena tu creatividad , encontrar lo util en lo simple.. es bueno y bello sigue a delante y espero otras creaciones saludos , Famly Chic

  20. Brittany  May 3, 2012

    Hey i love this!! So much that I’m featuring it on my blog. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. Sicreations  July 6, 2012

    That is a fantastic idea!! So simple, yet so effective! I love it, Thank you for sharing it 🙂

  22. Linda  February 4, 2013

    This is the cutest craft project ever! I absolutely love using clothes pins to create. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Carmen  May 6, 2013

    I’m going to have my grandkids do this but I’m going to have them paint the clothes pins each one a different color..

    Thanks, cp