I am a late-life clothespin convert. We spent many years apart, but now I can’t get enough of them. Literally. Every time I see a big pack of them at the store (usually for under a dollar) I just get them because I know I will use them for everything but laundry. Craft projects. In the office. In the pantry. In the basement. On my fridge…everywhere. And while there is nothing wrong with a humble wooden clothespin, I like to dress them up with a bit of dye.
Now, can you think of a time of year when you have small quantites of dye laying around with nothing to do?
Oh yeah. Hello, Easter eggs!
And hey now – if you use food-safe dye, you can use the clips on food. Here I used those teensy clothespins as drink markers. Make a bunch in different colors and clip them onto glasses before your next party – now everyone will be able to spot their drink in the crowd. Works just as well on wine glasses as it does on red plastic cups. They also work great on paper plates and double as a nifty way to keep paper napkins in place when it comes to eating outdoors.
You can also use them in place of those chip clips that people pay good money for. Seriously, why pay $2 for a single chip clip when you can buy 80 clothespins for that same price? Stop the madness!
Want to make a batch for yourself?
After you are done dyeing the eggs, let the clothespins soak in the dye. Ten minutes will give you a pale pastels, while overnight will give a brighter, more vivid hue (just be careful if you buy clothespins with non-galvinized hinges as they may rust if you leave them for too long (but this is usually not a problem).)
Do you have any interesting ways you like to use clothespins? Let me know. I would love to hear!
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