Friday, September 12, 2014 / 26 Comments

How to Make Clothespins Last Longer

                                                                             
In the last year and a half I've bought more clothespins than I have in my lifetime.




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Yes it seemed my clothesline is where clothespins came to spend their final days.


With the husband, kids, and visitors all using the line for various reasons I constantly couldn't find my clothespins until I started to mow. The mower has an amazing ability to track my clothespins. I've even found clothespins in the laundry basket, still hanging on clothes when people are wearing them and then most of them I find once they've been mown over by the mower at least a few times.

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So unless I'd like to spend my entire retirement fund buying new clothespins every month I figured I better come up with a solution. See when you look at my clothesline it's kind of hard to see the clothespins.

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The line needed some color. It takes up a large part of the view when people first pull in our driveway so I figure why not take care of two problems at once. 


I found an old cardboard box, hooked my clothespins on it and sprayed one side. Once it was dry I flipped and did the other.


Please ignore my barn in the background, the new door is awaiting a second coat of paint and if time allows it's going to get a brand new flag painted on it. I have all these cool metal stars to hang on it too but haven't figured out a way to keep them hung up there.


See once your done painting hang them back up on the line. It adds color to the line, if they fall on the ground you can actually find them and if they make it in the basket they are easy to spot. Now you might ask why not just buy them that way but I don't know anyone who has had luck with the plastic ones and all we have is a dollar store here in town so no real variety. This was simple and fun and I got to choose the colors. I have 2 more sets to paint yellow but it started raining.


I thought I'd share with you one of my only surviving rose bushes. The heat beat them this Summer. I'm hoping to save the last 7. We named our property Rose Bush Creek because there were always roses along the creek so we planted even more.



The sunflowers are just beautiful and everywhere this year. There are more down by the road. Once it quits raining I'm taking my scissors and going to snip away and make some pretty bouquets.
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It's finally cooling off that I can start some projects outside. 

So how are things in your home?

Big Hugs from Oklahoma

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26 comments:

  1. The simple ideas are the best, aren't they? I love easy solutions that also make me smile while doing chores!

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  2. That's a great idea!my little guy would l9ve painting them, too.

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  3. That's a great idea!my little guy would l9ve painting them, too.

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  4. Well now I need to paint my wooden clothespins, love your simple country life. I live the same life style.

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  5. That was so smart to paint them a bright color! I also love your sweet sunflowers!

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  6. great idea! i would have done ombre myself haha

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  7. This is a great idea! Now it'll be easier to find them :) I love the colour!

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  8. The clothespins look so much cuter painted. We don't use clothepins since we don't hang anything outside but my neighbor does. I'll recommend this to her. Bet she goes through lots of pins in the summer.

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  9. I do agree with the fact that if they fall on the ground you can find them easily! I spend my summers in Italy and we don't own a clothes dried there so everything gets hung up - and consequently, ironed! I do miss my drier after the two months though!

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  10. I love the idea of spray painting them. Great way to see them better and they look so much nicer. We actually do not have a clothes line. weird i know!

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  11. What an excellent idea! I have never thought of spray-painting them. I think I may do that for the clothespins on my clothesline this year!

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  12. This post is really helpful. I go through a lot of clothespins during the summer months. I can't wait to try this out.

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  13. What a great idea! I don't use clothespins a lot, but if I ever start, I'll keep this in mind.

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  14. Great idea! Adding color to your yard and solving a problem at the same time - genius! And I am loving the pink color you chose.

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  15. Losing the clothespins is seriously a common problem of every household. Thanks your the tips to keep them secure ;)

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  16. Great idea and would be a great project for kids

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  17. We have plastic clothespins at the moment, but this looks like a great project to do with children.

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  18. I use clothespins a lot in my classroom. To hang up anchor charts. For a behavior chart. Students "clip up" when meeting expectations. If they "clip up" enough times, the clothespin ends up on ME instead of the chart! Then, at the end of the day, I take all the clothespins off me and write notes home to those parents to let them know their kids did great!

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  19. Spray painting clothespins is such a good idea! In Spain where I live, we use them on a drying rack. I can see where they would get worn out, broken and damaged after time.

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  20. What a great idea! I have a clothespin holder filled with my grandmother's clothespins just hanging in my kitchen. Maybe we should paint them before the weather is warm enough to start using them

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  21. This is such an awesome idea! I am laughing while reading as I can feel you. I have some experience just like what you had. Finding them and always end up buying another set.

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  22. What an awesome idea! You can also teach young children their colors by doing this. I don't use clothes pins anymore, no space in my back yard, but I would definitely do this especially to help find them in the grass! LOL I know I'd also have my granddaughter telling me the colors of the pins she helped find :) Excellent tip! Thanks

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  23. This is really cool. great way to paint according to your fav colors

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  24. I can never find my clothespin too !A great project which will stop this madness of searching for them everywhere.Love it

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  25. What a great idea!! I remember the days of hanging out the laundry and my Grandmother used to go through a pack of clothespins far more often than she'd like I'm sure. I love the idea of adding a pop of color... so fun!

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  26. I miss hanging my laundry outside, here in the states living in a Condo you cannot do this. I do remember however the pegs breaking a lot when I used to do it. Great idea, thank you for sharing.

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