How to Make Antiqued Clothespins

Recently I did a post about my Crib Spring Memo Board.

crib spring with antiqued clothespins

I had so many wonderful comments but I kept thinking about one comment every time I walked past the crib spring.

Heather said I should stain or paint my clothespins. 
Well Heather... you were right! Thank you for your inspirational comment.

This post is for you!

aged clothespin

dollar store clothespins

and dumped them into a solution of white vinegar and a steel wool pad...

Note: it has to be an old SOS pad that rusts, not all do. 

vinegar and jar of solution

I actually have a steel wool ball in the bottom of this jar and I just keep refilling it.

I left the clothespins in the solution for about 1 minute.

clothespins in a bowl of vinegar and steel wool

Then dumped the clothespins onto a paper towel to dry.

Antiqued clothespins

And hellooooo... they look sooo much better now!

All distressed, antiqued and beautiful!

Antiqued clothespins on a card

Of course I had to go back and antique every clothespin in the house!

stained clothespins

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Great Idea....I have also turned my girls old crib frame into a Inspirational board in my craftroom. The new clothes pins have looked right on it, so I will have to color them, as well! Be Blessed :)

  2. Every one in the house?? You go, girl ;-)

  3. Do you have a recipe for your "vintage" clothes pin potion? I know it says steel wool and vinegar, so I can't go wrong can I if I just put that in a jar?


  4. Heather is a great gal. She has inspiration coming out her you know what. :)
    looks great. I have an exact set of crib springs( my daughters) in my studio doing the same thing..

  5. This is a beautiful project - very inspiring. I'm following via Linky Party Blog Hop.

  6. I LOVE that project, but had to laugh that you actually anitqued the clothes could just have traded your new ones for my 'seasoned' ones. :-) After being on my clothes line for a year they are perfectly 'antiqued.'

  7. Hi Susan

    Love your project! I host a weekly creative party called Inspire Me Monday - I'd love for you to join us each week & share your favorite projects!

    I am now following you on Linky Followers and hope you'll join my creative community!

    Have a fabulous week!


  8. Love this,I'm a new follower from the linky party,would love you to follow back ?:)

  9. So pretty! I love faux aging things. Visiting & following from the linky hop!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  10. Yay - they look fantastic!! Did Tammy say I have inspiration coming from my behind?? Too funny....

  11. That was such a good idea and so well executed.

    Dropping by from the Linky Party. Please visit me at

  12. Following from Cheri's Party Hop! I'd love for you to follow me also at The Design Confidential -

  13. I just found you on the Party hop and so glad I did. You have AWESOME ideas. I love the antiqued clothes pins with your crib/spring display piece. Your redone hutch is amazing. I love your tin back splash...oh too many things to look at! I'm your newest GFC and linky follower! I'd love for you to come visit and possibly follow back! Have an amazing end of the week!


  14. Love em like that! You are so funny: every clothes pin in the house, eh? =)


  15. Great idea! I had some new clothespins that I dumped into coffee to see if they would darken up a bit. They looked great at first but dried to pretty much the original color. I'm going to try the steel wool and vinegar. Thanks!!

  16. This is awesome! Great idea! Now following you, love your blog.


  17. Wowwww I love your crib spring memo board and antiquing for the clothes pins!! Such a wonderful idea!

  18. What a great little tweak! I love them and your memo board! Good for you and thanks for sharing!
    I found you through Funky Junk.

  19. Your clothespins turned out great! I'm still in love with your crib spring memo board. I want to make one too (as soon as I drag my old baby crib out of my mom's attic) and now I know how to antique my clothespins :) Thanks for sharing!

  20. Hello Susan-
    Love the way your clothespins turned out.
    Thanks for the tip.
    I still Love your crib spring memo board.
    Thanks for sharing.

  21. Great idea- thanks for sharing! I'll have to try this.

    Also- love the crib spring!!

  22. Hi, I'm visiting from Decorating with Cents and I found you on the blog hop. I'm now a linky follower...would like if you could follow back. Thanks

  23. Hi! I found you thru pinterest, where the antiqued clothespins were pinned~love this idea and am going to try it. Now following you via LF & GF.

  24. How clever!!! LOVE how they look!!! Would love for you to stop by and link up! ;)

  25. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. I bought SOS pads. Washed out all the soap and put a couple in a jar with vinegar. It sat for two days and the vinegar is still just a little merky. No brown or rust... what am I doing wrong? (First I tried just steel wool, didn't work and then I saw that you posted in a comment to do SOS pads)


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