Colorful Clothesline

by Dana on June 29, 2010

Hanging clothes on a clothesline just makes them feel…..cute.
I see you guys doing this in your photos so maybe you feel the same. Perhaps it reminds us of a older time when clothing hung out in the sun to dry? Maybe it feels a bit vintage? Maybe the clothes just look more colorful?

Whether you’re hanging your creations up for a creative craft fair or you simply want to take an interesting photo, add more color to your line with spray-painted clothespins!
Maybe you’ve already done this? I tried it out back in Celebrate the BOY month when I shared 5 Easy Steps for Dyeing Fabric. The yellow chain needed a pop of red. So I brought out the spray paint. Easy fix.

And then when preparing for the Whipstitch Lounge weekend, I tried it out again in a variety of colors. I needed a way to display my clothing projects so I choose a clothesline full of colorful items and colorful pins.

No rocket science but here’s what you do…..

Buy a packet of wooden clothespins from Walmart, Target, etc. They’re usually in the ironing section with ironing boards, hampers, supplies, etc. for cheap….about $1.50 for 50 clothespins.
Lay them on out. Choose fun colors of spray paint. Spray on one side (let them dry)….
and spray the other side.
Yippee! All sorts of fun colors.
This would have made any 1950s housewive excited about laundry, right?
well, maybe.
Choose your favorite color,
And hang your clothing up!
And colorful. Two words I like.

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1 rachel February 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

The spray paint doesn’t run off at all in the rain then?? I’d be worried about that handwash top or expensive dress!


2 Dana February 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

i’ve mostly only used them inside but I wouldn’t think the paint would run off. I haven’t noticed that with spray paint on outdoor furniture.


3 Jessica February 15, 2012 at 2:34 am

Hi Dana! This looks like a really good idea – I just have a question similar to Rachel’s – does the paint go everywhere on the wet/damp clothes? Or doesn’t it, since it’s spray paint?

Would the humidity make a difference, do you think? We live in a humid and hot area, and we hang our clothes out in the sun or under the veranda.



4 Lillie March 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE the vintage color scheme! I decided to do a Melon-y type color scheme. Thanks so much for the idea! It really brightens up doing laundry.

Here is the link to pictures of my clothes pin project! Thanks again for your idea!


5 ginger May 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

Love the look of the clothespins, great idea for anyroom.
Thank you for all your tutorials.


6 Chantal July 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and
look forward to new updates.


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