Tutorial: Aging Clothes Pins For Selfish Purposes

I’m not a craft blogger. I chose long ago to never pick a specific niche. Every now and then I come across an easy DIY project that I want to share with the world. Since Green Bluff, I’ve been researching drying techniques. I’ve also learned a cool tutorial for varnishing wood.

When I was at the hardware store picking up supplies for my drying line, the Ace Hardware employee said, “Here: use these for clipping stuff to the metal wire.” He handed me big plastic bag clips. My years of Real Simple subscriptions could not handle this.I pretty much ran out of the store and picked up clothes pins at Rosauers on 14th. I wanted “that look”. Please add input where you think it needs it.

spray paint, rubber gloves, brush, clothes pins, sand paper, cat

glass jar, steel wool, vinegar, cat

Tools Needed: 

Spray Paint – I chose satin textures in more pastel type colors. At Ace Hardware they had a pistachio green and cream. For a earlier project I already had the slate blue.

Brush – A 1-inch wide brush is good enough. If you have kids, steal it from their paint sets.

Glass Jar – You’ll place your vinegar in this.

Steel Wool – One chunk should suffice.

Rubber Gloves – You’ll want to protect your hands from the varnish solution and sand paper.

Sand Paper – To use on the clothes pin.

Clothes Pins – You can buy a pack for $2.49 at Rosauers.


Day 1 (Evening) – Fill your glass jar with vinegar. Shove the steel wool in. Spray paint one side of the clothes pins. Do it outside.

Day 2 (Morning) – Spray paint the other side of the clothes pins. Do it outside.

Day 2 (Evening) – Sand down the clothes pin to take off as much paint as you see fit. Put on your gloves. Open the vinegar jar and squeeze the vinegar out of the wool. Leave it alone for awhile. It should begin to oxidize and turn a weird orange color. Come back and begin to paint your clothes pins with the vinegar solution. Let them dry. When you come back, they’ll be all kinds of pretty.

Below is a visual process of the clothes pins from start to finish:

An unprocessed clothes pin. Naked.

Clothes pins after they've been spray painted and dried. Prior to sanding.

Spray painted clothes pins, but not yet sanded down.

Clothes pins on the metal wire holding drying peppers.


About blushresponse

online web producer, photographer, radio host and producer, social media enthusiast, occasional blogger and newbie bicyclist who had their bike stolen. #FAIL

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