Stenciled Vintage Clothespins

Happy New Year friends! 

Today I'm making an easy project repurposing some vintage clothespins I've had laying around.  

I can't believe how quick and easy this cute project was or how much a popular site was selling them for! 

Let's start this new year out with one of my favorite things to do... repurpose vintage finds! 

Take a look...

stenciled clothespin tops

I recently saw vintage clothespins similar to these on the Antique Farmhouse website. I loved the look but not the price so making a dupe for less is my plan today.  They actually have vintage clothespins stenciled with all kinds of designs! 

Like I said, I began with several vintage clothespins I had in the basement. They were slightly different colors and sizes and some even had metal wrapped around them but I am going to make them look like a beautiful matched set. 

basket of vintage clothespins

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The first thing I did was to sand off any paint spots or imperfections on my clothespins. They've been laying around for a while and well, paint splatters and stuff happens. 

Old sign stencil

I looked around for small number stencils and found the perfect size on one of my favorite Old Sign Stencils. The Shipping Crate Stencil is my go to stencil for many projects, as you can see it is well loved.  The best part about these stencils is that there are so many parts you can use on the large stencils, even using just a number or two. 

numbers on a stencil

You can see all the other projects I've done with this great stencil here. 

funky junk logo

I am using a dark grey paint that I had actually mixed myself at one point from 2 Fusion Mineral Paint colors.  You can use just black but I wanted a slightly muted color on the vintage clothespins. 

fusion mineral paint mixture

I used a small stencil brush and stenciled the tiny numbers from the stencil on to the clothespins. I did both sides so they could be seen from any angle. 

stenciling number on clothespin

When the paint dried I mixed a little water based stain and water in a jar and dropped in the clothespins for just a few minutes to try and even the tones of the wood. 

jar of stain and clothespins

Then I laid out the clothespins on a towel to dry.

clothespins drying on towel

That's it! 

soap dish with numbered clothespins

These adorable little clothespins look great no matter where you display them. 

crock of numbered clothespins

If you are a vintage lover you may want to add a little vintage look to a shelf or other small area of your home. 

vintage clothespins on buffalo check


vintage clothespins and an orange

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vintage numbered clothespins with overlay

A little crock of these cuties look great hanging out with my vintage spool candlesticks. I just bought the latest one from Rosie's Vintage Antiques in Huntington, NY. Thea has so many great things in there! 

vintage spool candlesticks and clothespins

crock of vintage clothespins


numbered clothespins in a soap dish

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vintage clothespins in a crock


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. .