Clothespin Shark Craft

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Children of all ages will enjoy making this fun clothespin shark this summer!

Whether you are looking for a simple shark week craft, or an ocean themed activity, this easy shark craft is sure to delight.

This shark craft is a great choice for an ocean themed birthday party craft. Wouldn’t it make the cutest crafty party favor?

How to make a Clothespin Shark


  • Wooden Clothespins
  • Craft Paint – Red, Light Grey, Dark Grey (we used acrylic paint)
  • Craft Felt – Light Grey, Dark Grey
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • White Cardstock
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (or your favorite craft glue)
  • Marker
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Printable Shark Template


Paint the front and sides of two clothespins with light gre craft paint. Paint two clothespins with dark grey craft paint.

Let dry completely, and apply a second coat, if necessary. 

Squeeze the clothespins open and paint the inside with red craft paint.

Let dry completely, and apply a second coat, if necessary.

Measure and cut a strip of white cardstock ½” wide.

Using scissors, cut small rectangles.

Cut triangles from one side of the rectangle to create teeth. 

Attach a set of teeth to the top and the bottom of each clothespin with glue. We used a glue gun and glue sticks, but you can use liquid craft glue for this project, but you will have to wait for it to dry.

Attach two wiggle eyes to each clothespin shark with a glue gun and glue sticks. 

Download, print, and cut out the shark pattern.

Trace the fin and tail patterns twice onto light grey and dark grey craft felt with a marker.

Carefully cut out all patterns using scissors. Cut inside the traced lines for a clean, finished project.

You can also use colored cardstock or craft foam if you like.

Next we’ll attach the fins to the sharks.

Using the photo below as a guide, attach the tail to the inside of the clothespin handle with a glue gun and glue sticks.

Glue the fins on the right and left sides of the clothespin shark.

Glue the dorsal fin to the top of the shark.

Your clothespin shark is finished! Wouldn’t it make the cutest chip bag clip for summer?

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