Wooden Clothespins


The Many Advantages and Creative Uses of Wooden Clothespins

Despite the fact that wooden clothespins have been around for a long time, it just shows that some of the oldest designs are still not outdated in this modern age. Even though there are many new types of clothespins made of all kinds of different materials, we still consider the old fashioned clothes pins made of wood to be the best.

A clothespin, sometimes referred to as a clothes peg, is generally described as being a fastener that can be used for hanging up laundry on a clothes line for drying. These small and useful objects come in different shapes, sizes and designs; however, the wooden ones are generally considered to be both the most practical and the most stylish, due to their long term reliability, as well as their elegant, olden shapes that have started to become more and more popular again over the past few years.

A Short History of Clothespins


There are two basic clothespin designs that have been around throughout the years. Though probably first used many years earlier, the first wooden clothespin, that like we use today, was invented and patented in the 1800s by Jérémie Victor Opdebec. In England, the craft of making this type of clothes peg has been widely associated with gypsies, who used to manufacture clothespins using mainly ash or willow wood. Despite the old fashioned design, these items do not require any additional pieces or springs. They are practical and inexpensive, and work like they always have …they have stood the test of time.

The second significant design was made by David M. Smith in Vermont, only a few years after the first one started to gain popularity. Slightly more complex, the new type of peg was made using two mirroring prongs that were joined together by a spring. With a lever action, the spring keeps the two pieces pressed together, creating a gripping effect.

While this spring-type design offers more possibilities when using materials other than wood, it may make such products slightly more expensive. However, from a practical point of view, it is generally said that both designs are quite versatile, not only when it comes to their classical use, but also in the case of more creative purposes.

Why Wood Is Better


One may wonder why a wooden clothes peg would be seen as a better choice than the pegs made of other materials. After all, various types of plastic materials were created to be sturdy, durable and stylish, and many people are pleased with their plastic products regardless of any problems that may appear.

The main reason is that wooden clothespins are more natural, and with the proper craftsmanship, wood can be turned into the best material for making clothes pegs. First of all, some types of wood are incredibly resistant, not only due to their flexibility that helps the peg deal with added pressure or weight, but also because wood is perfect against heat and/or moisture. Also, since traditional wooden clothespins do not require the use of metal springs, they are rust resistant as well, that making them far more useful when it comes to keeping your laundry in place.

Some of the Best Wooden Clothespins


To exemplify some of the stronger points of wooden pegs, let’s take a look at some of the better products available on the market today. These are considered by many customers to be the most useful and long lasting clothespins you will find, and, best of all, they are available at a very reasonable price.

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Traditional Wood Clothespins

The Honey-Can-Do Traditional Wood Clothespins are a pack of 100 classic pegs made of quality birch hardwood. Created using the traditional one-piece design, these wooden clothespins will prove to be incredibly easy to work with, while also being strong enough to hold heavier laundry in place such as jeans or large towels.

Also, the balance between the flexibility and sturdiness of the wood is very good, which means that the pegs will be up to the task of assisting you with some of your more challenging laundry issues. And they would be good for those who may have difficulty gripping clothespins that are made with springs.

The price for the 100 piece pack is under $20, which is a bargain when compared to most of the cheaper products that fail to offer the same level of durability and versatility.

Many customers claim that the Traditional Wooden Clothespins were just what they were looking for, not only because of how easy they are to use, but also because of the fact that they can be used in so many other creative and helpful ways than most spring based pegs.

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Wooden Spring-Type Clothespins

Speaking of clothespins with a spring, the Whitmor Natural Wood Clothespins are one of the better “spring-style” clothespin. Despite the fact that they are made using metal springs, and some may say they are less durable because of this, the Whitmor product may just surprise you.

The very light wax coating combined with the galvanized wire spring that the Whitmor incorporates can be a great advantage for any wooden clothespin when it comes to long term use.

The Whitmor clothespins may seem slightly sensitive when you first use them, but they are actually quite heavy-duty. Once you start using them, you will find that you have no difficulty with resistance, since the Whitmor pegs provide excellent resistance even in the case of heavy jeans or wet towels.

In terms of pricing, these are among the most inexpensive of all clothes pegs. With a price of around $12 (or less) for a pack of 100 pegs (and eligible for free shipping!), these spring-type wooden clothespins are very economical.

Helpful and Creative Uses


Clothespins offer so much more than just a method of getting your clothes dry. Especially if you buy a new and durable, 100-pack of pegs, there are many, many creative ways to use them.

  • Clothespins can be quite useful during picnics or outdoor dinner parties, particularly on a windy day, when you need to keep your blankets or tablecloths in place. A simple clip at the edge of the table and the wind is no longer a concern.
  • Children especially love wooden clothespins because they can offer a huge number of possibilities when it comes to creating new toys and one-of-a-kind toy characters. Because they are made of wood, children can have a lot of fun using their imagination with much less worry of breaking their “toys” or of injuring themselves.
  • Another handy use for wooden clothespins is as gardening helpers. If you need, for example, to encourage the branches of young fruit trees to spread out more easily, all you need to do is clip a few spring based pegs together, wedging them into the fork created by the branch and the trunk of the tree.
  • A clothespin is perfect for closing a bag of potato chips or pretzels or other snack food. I simply fold the end of the bag a couple of times and then stick a clothespin on it. A homemade chip clip! Works great!
  • When I was around 10 years old we would use clothespins to attach baseball cards to the forks of our bikes. Get ’em at the right angle to the spokes and you have a “motorized” bike ….at least it sounded like it to us. Pretty cool if you’re a ten year old.


There are dozens (probably hundreds!) of other excellent, creative, helpful, and practical uses you will find for wooden clothespins and we plan an listing many, many more of them right here on this website.