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. .