Published on January 10th, 2012 | by Julie Finn2
How-to: Dyed and Glittered Clothespins
When I shared with you my round-up of clothespins embellishment projects, I left out my own personal favorite. These dyed and glittered clothespins are so saturated with color, so sparkly, and yep, so darn useful that I find myself making up a fresh batch surprisingly often. Read on to see how they’re done:
The majority of my clothespins are pretty weathered from being used on my outdoor clothesline eight months of the year, but this project works best with the nice, new-looking ones, the ones that lived their former lives on the indoor laundry line, or the ones that I’ve picked up at garage sales.
Clothespins are easy to paint with acrylic paints, but my preferred method, as it is for all the unfinished wood that I craft with, is to stain the clothespins using liquid watercolors. You can’t find liquid watercolors just anywhere, but they’re worth the effort to search them out, because a little goes a long way, and you’ll find that it takes just seconds to dye unfinished wood bright pink, or deep blue, or whatever color you want using them.
I’ve previously outlined two methods for using liquid watercolors–staining an object inside a plastic baggie, and staining an object using a small spray bottle filled with liquid watercolors–and both methods work well with clothespins. If you choose the plastic bag method, you’ll find that you have to use a few more drops of liquid watercolors than you do with most other small unfinished wood pieces, because clothespins have so much surface area. If you choose the spray bottle method (which is what I’m using for this particular project), you’ll have the fun of dyeing each clothespin multiple colors, if you wish.