Clothesline Wall Art

Thanks to BFF Jordan for today’s guest post. She blogs over at Living Green, Bringing Glory. Check her out! I love this DIY she’s brought us. I think it’s super cute for kids’ rooms or parties.

We are in the process of moving into apartment #2 of our marriage. With a new abode comes new ideas for decorating and making it a home. Recently, when contemplating a DIY wall art project for our white-walled kitchen (which we sadly are not at liberty to paint), a memory of a unique and easy creation came to mind…

A few months before our wedding, a dear friend and bridesmaid had a brilliant idea for my wedding shower. Using twine and mini-clothespins, she created an indoor clothesline that displayed photos of my fiance (now husband) and I as well as sweet notes of encouragement and advice from the ladies who attended the shower. Adorable, right?

I decided to re-create this project using supplies I had on hand, but a trip to your nearest craft store will give you all the needed materials.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • clothespins (as many as you’d like)
  • acrylic paint
  • small paint brushes
  • string (yarn or twine work great)
  • 2-3 nails
  • photos, sweet little mementos like postcards or photobooth strips, or even a square of fabric or scrapbook paper that you find pretty
  • silk flowers

Paint clothespins using acrylic paint. Use a variety of colors or stick with a consistent shade for all of the clothespins. Spice things up by painting some with stripes or polka dots.

Nail 2 holes into the wall to support your clothesline. I nailed mine about 6 1/2 feet from the floor and about 8 feet apart to reach across the wall in our kitchen. Wrap one end of the string around one nail and secure by tying in a knot. Drape string along wall to the other nail and repeat. You can have the string hang as loosely or as tightly as you’d like.

Once clothespins are dry (about 10 minutes), arrange on clothesline and hang various photos and mementos. To create a more interesting look, nail the 3rd nail at the exact middle point between the two nails already in the wall. Lift the clothesline in the center and let it rest on top of the middle nail. This will give your clothesline a bit more dimension.

Look upon your clothesline art, delight, reminisce, savor, and enjoy.

Thanks again to Jordan for her post! For more DIY goodness, check out capiz shell chandelier, fringey crepe paper backdroprustic farmhouse coffee table, and how to reuse thrift store art.  

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