If you think clothespins are only used for hanging laundry, it’s time you open your eyes to the incredible DIY power of these little wooden gadgets. They’re cheap, easy to come by and super versatile. From the good old-fashioned wooden variety to modern plastic ones that come in tons of colors, these tiny tools have endless uses. Browse these 20 clothespin projects for serious inspiration, and let us show you how clothespins totally cross the laundry line.

1. Clothespin Art: If you’re into patterns, stop everything for this DIY. Colored clothespins pack a big punch when laid in a pattern on the wall. (via Scrap Hacker)

2. Escort Cards: Of all the things we thought clothespins were good for, we never considered escort cards. Is there a prettier or more chic way to display a name? (via Wedding Chicks)

3. Memo Holder: Simple wooden letters jazz up these clothespins and make them instant organization tools. (via Country Living)

4. Planter: A used yogurt cup gets a new life as a planter with this smart DIY. Leave the clothespins bare or dress them up with glitter paint for bigger impact. (via This Heart of Mine)

5. Frame: Combine your clothespins with some twine and an old frame for a gorgeous way to display photos and notes. (via Morning Creativity)

6. Garland: Just when you thought there was nothing exciting about clothespins on a clothesline, someone thought to paint them and clip them closely for a stellar garland. (via Chickabug Blog)

7. Calendar: Label them with the days of the week and you have a stunning calendar that is equal parts beautiful and functional. (via The Inspired Room)

8. Cord Holder: When we see this usually-messy cord wrapped around a wooden pin, it makes us wonder if they were made for earbuds. (via Buzzfeed)

9. Gilded Mini Clothespins: A gilded DIY that happens in just 10 minutes? Sign us up. From gift wrapping to organizing your home office, you’ll be using these everywhere. (via Creature Comforts)

10. Trivet: Whether you leave it naked or paint them to match your kitchen, a clothespin trivet is sure to catch eyes and start conversations. (via Sweet Paul Magazine)

11. Candle Holders: The humble clothespin looks downright magical when it’s surrounded by the glow of a votive candle. (via Joey deVilla)

12. Photo Bunting: Make this photo bunting for a party and you’ll want to keep it up year-round. The best part is that it comes together in just a few minutes with hardly any supplies. (via Brit + Co)

13. Washi Clothespins: Washi tape has totally rocked the DIY world, and it just so happens to be perfect for clothespins, too. (via Brit + Co)

14. Wreath: This could be customized in a number of colors to display your pride for the 4th of July, Valentine’s Day or any holiday! (via The Happier Homemaker)

15. Herb Planters: Step away from the paint brush. These clothespins get their rustic look with a wood stain marker. (via 7th House on the Left)

16. Picture Holder: Say goodbye to frames, and hello to these little cubed memory holders. (via The Folding Chair)

17. Peggy Mirror: Take a look at this crisp white mirror. It might take you a minute to notice it’s framed with clothespins! (via Tara Dennis)

18. Christmas Clothespins: Adorn a gilded clothespin with a tiny forest animal and you’ve got the sweetest piece of Christmas decor ever DIYed. (via Creature Comforts)

19. Laundry Light: Make this light for your laundry room, and every time you flip the switch you’ll remember to be grateful for the modern technology that makes your washer and dryer possible. (via Young House Love)

20. Magnets: We can’t think of a better way to use up those little pieces of scrap paper? This clever craft also makes a great gift. (via Brit + Co)

Do you think clothespins are old-fashioned? Or do you find modern uses for them?