Do you want to know how to dye clothespins? Did you know you can dye wood with food color? I tried this method out on clothespins and turned them into coasters that I gave as gifts. I’ll show you how to make Food Color Dye Clothespin Coasters
Follow these easy steps and you’ll be amazed at the craft projects you’ll be able to use these for. Now you can buy your clothespins at Dollar Tree, but I ended up finding them cheaper at Walmart.
How To Dye Clothespins Materials
- A bowl
- A measuring cup
- Food coloring
- wooden clothespins
- *for coasters – adhesive of your choice.
How To Dye Clothespins Instructions
Pull apart your wood clothespins. This is to prevent your metal from rusting in the vinegar water.
Put boiling water in a bowl. For this recipe, I’m using 2 cups of hot water per bowl (or you can use hot tap water). You could also use a plastic bucket if you wish, or I’ve been known to use an ice cream bucket.
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar per bowl.
Add enough food coloring drops to make the color you want. Create different colors by mixing the food color. Create a ton of other colors, make your color scheme, and make the perfect color and the right color for you. I’m doing red, purple, and blue clothespins.
Stir and add your bunch of clothespins in. I placed clothespins at about 20 per bowl.
Let them soak for 24 hours.
I place clothespins on cookie sheets on top of the wax paper and let them air dry. This took about 2 days stacked the way they are in this picture.
When they are dry the color fades a bit and gives them more of a stained wood look.
For teacher appreciation week for all the dance teachers I work with, I used these to make coasters. I used a hot glue gun to adhere them, but you could use glue of your choice.
Mix and match your dry clothespins for different coaster designs. I used about 6 clothes pins per coaster.
Once the glue has dried they’re ready to use.
Isn’t this a great DIY project, and such a great idea? Are you ready to make your own Food Color Dye Clothespin Coasters? This is an easy way if not the easiest way to color multiple clothespins at one time.
Other ways you can color plain clothespins:
- acrylic paints
- package of rit dye or liquid rit dye
- spray paint like white spray paint
- chalk paints
Do you want some other clothespin crafts? Check these out
- 4 Easy and Useful Clothespin Ideas
- Easy Clothespin Sign with Endless Uses
- How To Make A Daisy Clothespin Wreath
- How To Make An Easy DIY Clothespin Sunflower Wreath
It’s also popular to make different decorative clothespin wreaths with a wire wreath form or clothes hangers for your front door like a patriotic clothespin wreath or July wreath, or Christmas craft. They make lovely home decor
The best thing is that these are a great way and simple way to make great gifts and here are some different ways to use them
- chip clips
- place cards
- fridge magnets
- hang Christmas cards on a ribbon
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