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20 Incredible Uses for Safety Pins

Did you know that safety pins have many different uses? Here are 20 incredible uses for safety pins that you need to know!

20 Incredible Uses for Safety Pins

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The safety pin was invented in 1849 by Walter Hunt. Hunt had a debt of fifteen dollars and needed a way to pay it off. While thinking of ways to pay off this debt, he was fiddling with a piece of wire and twisting it together. Soon that twisted wire became a safety pin and Hunt was granted US patent #6,281 on April 10, 1849.

Walter Hunt sold his safety pin idea outright for $400. In today’s time, that’s equal to about $12,000! Unfortunately for Hunt, the company that he sold his idea to ended up making millions of dollars in profits from his invention.

Walter Hunt’s safety pin idea works out great for us, though. There are so many uses for that little piece of twisted metal. Here are 20 incredible uses for safety pins for you to keep in mind.

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20 Incredible Uses for Safety Pins

  1. Safety pin bracelet – Depending on your wrist size, you’ll need up to 100 safety pins for this DIY project. Click here to see 27 different ways to make a bracelet from safety pins.
  2. Organize socks – Attach your socks together with a safety pin before putting them in the washing machine and never lose a sock again!
  3. Keep loose buttons together – Thread the pin through buttonholes to keep them organized.
  4. Zip your dress – Clip a safety pin to the zipper of the dress and tie a long piece of thread to it. Use it to pull up the zipper.
  5. Conquer static cling – Pin a safety pin near the hem of your pant leg. The metal will stop static electricity.
  6. Remove a splinter – Keep safety pins in a small box and take them with you while camping. Keep some nearby while working with wood to easily remove any splinter from your fingers and hands.
  7. Tie a scarf together – If you want your scarf to stay in place, tie it together with a safety pin.
  8. Hold bra straps in place – Tops with plunging necklines tend to show bra straps easily. Pin bra straps to the top to hold them in place and keep them from showing.
  9. Keep curtains closed – Sometimes our curtains just don’t want to stay closed, especially in hotel rooms. Pin them together with a safety pin to keep them closed.
  10. Avoid getting pickpocketed – It’s easy to get distracted in a crowded city or even at an event, which can cause you to lose track of your most valuable possessions. Use a safety pin to pin the zipper of your purse to a strap of the purse’s fabric, making it harder for thieves to stick their hands into your bag.
  11. Lengthen the use of samples – I love getting samples of lotions and makeup, but once I open the package, they become dry and messy quickly. Using a safety pin to poke a small hole in the packaging really helps! The cream comes out easily and there’s less mess. By doing this the shelf life of the product is also extended.
  12. Lengthen a necklace – String a few safety pins to the fastener of a necklace to lengthen it. This works great for chokers that you want to wear as a longer necklace.
  13. Clean tiny holes – Clear out the buildup of salt and pepper shakers with a safety pin. Just stick the pin into the tiny holes and give it a twist until it’s clean. Paper clips are also great for this!
  14. Fix a broken button – For a quick and temporary fix of a broken button, attach a safety pin to hold it onto the fabric.
  15. Decorate a cake – Use the tip of a safety pin to draw a design on a cake instead of just eyeballing it. Then cover the fine lines with icing.
  16. Create nail art – Dip the tip of a safety pin into a bottle of nail polish to easily draw delicate designs onto your nails. This is great for creating polka dots and swirls!
  17. Self-defense – Carry a safety pin in your hand if you’re walking alone. If you’re attacked, poke the attacker with the pin and run. It will shock them long enough for you to get away.
  18. DIY holders – Use a large safety pin to hand light items from such as earrings and scarves.
  19. Fix a drawstring – Use a safety pin to rethread the drawstring on clothing without the struggle.
  20. Key chain – Use a large safety pin to keep your keys together. It’s also a lot easier to get the keys on and off than those difficult key chains.

Can you believe all of the different ways you can use a safety pin? From pinning clothes to saving your life, the safety pin is a great little tool to keep with you at all times.

What are your favorite uses for safety pins? Do you have any unique ways to use them?

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. These posts are so much fun! 😉 I had no clue that safety pins were useful in creative ways like paper clips are! I think my favorite of these is the static cling solution. My dress pants for work were notorious for clinging and riding up. Used to drive me crazy! If I’d only seen your post then… 😀

    I loved the back story, too. Just goes to show that we should never discount our ideas!

    Sending loads of love to you, Michelle. Always a joy coming here to read your posts! 💞

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy reading these. I love sharing about all the uses for common household items that we take for granted sometimes. You’re so sweet! Thank you so much for your kind words! ❤️❤️

  2. I will certainly use #11.I have lots of samples..

    1. Me, too. And I hate throwing them out before I used it all because they get so gross.

      1. Also I squeeze out too much.

  3. I love these posts, I always learn so much. Never thought of using it to keep buttons together and for the static cling situation. Am definitely going to be using them for that now.

    1. I’m so glad you find them helpful! I thought the static cling situation is my favorite use. It’s amazing how that works!

  4. Great post ❤️

    1. Thank you so much!!

  5. Safety pins are indeed handy to have around! Great list Michelle!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  6. AMAZING!!! Michelle i’ve selected you for the mystery blogger award!!! If you can do it please do if you can’t then NO PROBLEM!!

    1. Thank you so much!!!!!

  7. “clean tiny holes”…you’ve read my mind Michelle 🙂 Just today, as I was eating peanut butter at my desk, while sitting on an ergonomic office chair, I managed to throw some peanut butter on the chair and it has zillion of small holes in it. A real nightmare and the first thing that came to mind was ..get a pin! I had an office pin in mind but a safety pin would work as well I think.

    1. Great minds think alike! I wrote this at just the right time, then. 😀 I hope you get it all. Peanut butter can make such a mess sometimes.

  8. Awesome uses:)

    1. Thank you!!

  9. Who knew there were so many! …great ideas!

    #11 is my fave!

    1. Thank you! I think that’s my favorite, too. It really helps those samples last so much longer.

  10. What a great list! My problem is always finding them when I need them 😂.

    1. Me too Jenny! I was trying to find one a few days ago. 😂

      1. Hahaha! 🙌🏼 Glad to know I’m not the only one.

    2. Thank you! Me, too! I finally broke down and bought a box of them and I keep them in the bathroom so I always know where they are. 😀

      1. A big box is a great idea!

  11. This is so informative! I knew quite a few of the uses for safety pins but there were a number of new ones that I’m definitely going to use them for now. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful!

  12. Love this, love the back story, how sad that Walter Hunt didn’t realize how valuable his invention was and sold out for $400, I guess all he could see was paying off his debt. Years ago I had earrings that were shaped like a safety pin and I loved them. Great ideas for uses of the safety pin. Thank you

    1. I know. I felt pretty bad for Walter. He could have been rich! I wonder what he would have thought about that? I bet those earrings were so cute!

  13. Great ideas Michelle! Thank you, I definitely learned some new safety pin tricks 😊

    1. Thank you!! I’m glad you found it helpful! 😀

      1. You’re welcome!

    1. Thank you!!

  14. Loved this post ma’am. Lots to learn from and new things to hold on to. 🤗

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad you found it helpful! 🙂

      1. You are welcome. 🤗
        Smiles. Me too. ❤

  15. Poor guy only made $400 off his safety pin invention?? Sad story! I totally have pinned curtains together with safety pins!

    1. Right? I would have been so upset, but I guess all he needed was $15. 😂😂 The curtain trick works so well!

  16. Those are all great ideas! I never thought about using a safety pin to lengthen a necklace!

    1. Thank you so much!

  17. I nominated you for the mystery blogger award

    1. Thank you!!

  18. These are some great tips, thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  19. Very interesting! Crazy how they got their start!

    I clicked into the safety pin bracelet link, pretty creative! It amazes me what people come up with!

    1. Thank you! We used to make safety pin bracelets when I was in middle school, many many years ago. 😀

  20. So MacGyver!! 🙂

    1. Haha! He could turn a safety pin and a piece of gum into a gun and save us all! 😀

  21. These are such creative ideas, I would have never thought there were so many handy uses for a safety pin! I especially love the suggestion of pinning the socks together in the washing machine, I am forever losing one of the pair, it’s a mystery where it goes! Thanks for sharing Michelle, really helpful post! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Thank you so much! I always wondered where the socks ended up, too. 😀

  22. You have some great blogs on tips and information that is so useful. Thanks for sharing this. I pinned to share with all of my friends.

    1. Thank you so much!!

  23. Number 11 is so smart! We love that you came up with so many great ways to reuse something a lot of people throw away.

    1. Thank you so much!!

  24. I did not know that you can use a safety pin to conquer static electricity. I am going to remember that the next time I wear a skirt or dress. Thanks for the great tips for using safety pins.

    1. It’s amazing how many uses these little things actually have. Thank you for reading! I’m glad you found it helpful!

  25. Safety pins are such great things to have around, they can be used for so many different things. How have I never seen the dress hack before?! Definitely trying that next time I’m wearing a tricky item x


    1. Using them to pull up dress zippers is so helpful! It makes it so much easier. Thank you for reading!

  26. Awesome ideas Michelle and I learned about the history of the pin too 😊

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

  27. I’ve thought about writing a book on 100 uses for a clothes peg. 🙂

    Loved your post.

    1. That would be really interesting! 🙂 Thank you!

  28. Thanks for more great ideas.

    1. You’re welcome! Thank you for reading!

  29. I am glad for seeing the tips for using safety pins, but I am worry about some safety problems.
    I also have some safety pins. I am going to use it as my name card, showing my name on my clothes.
    This article is helpful for me. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you found it helpful. Using a safety pin as a name card holder is a great idea! Thank you for sharing.

  30. Such a helpful post. I never knew that such a simple thing could have so many uses. Thank you very much.

    1. Thank you so much! Isn’t amazing how many things a little safety pin can be used for?

  31. Tacking the pleats on my sari… 😊

    1. That’s a great use for them! 🙂

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