Dyed Clothes Pins

After deciding to use the baby bed springs as a memo board (still undecided as to where it'll be, but most likely in Lily's room and/or for her art from daycare), I realized I would need to find something to attach the art to the box springs.

I thought about mod podging fabric/paper to one side but that would take away from Lily's art work. Then I found out about coloring clothes pins with dye. I was definitely not about going to go buy a bunch of fabric dye as I wanted this project to remain free/cheap.

Enter food coloring! Here's green...

And, although blurry, here's pink, purple and teal (I mixed blue and green).

Here's what to do:

Boil water in a pot. I chose stainless steel so it wouldn't stain anything and that's what I own. I boiled 6 cups - which was enough to cover the green clothes pins but you could do more or less. I was coloring maybe 25 at a time.

Add vinegar. Maybe a cup. It's not precise. I just poured a bunch in there. The other colors all had a variety of vinegar in there.

Then a few drops of color. I use Americolor, which I absolutely love.

Then wait. I let it boil a little bit, nothing major, and then let it sit. I started with 20-30 minutes but wanted a darker color, so I let it sit while I cleaned the house.


  1. I love to display my girl's art work! It is so much fun to look at - so happy! Your clothespins will be great!

  2. great idea! much easier than mod podging and less time consuming.

  3. What a clever idea and so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity! They look awesome!

  4. Thanks for sharing such a creative project -- perfect for hanging art work.

  5. I know that this is such a simple and easy idea, but even so, I think it's a lot of fun. And I can imagine it's a lot of fun figuring out all the fun ways to use these as well.

    And just letting you know, I'm stopping by from Kelly's Korner.


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