Painting Clothes Pins?

Cute and colorful painted clothes pins.
Several craft projects include painted clothes pins. If finished properly they can even be used to hang laundry. After you have done the decorative painting it is a good idea to use a clear finish to protect your work and your clothes if used with laundry. This is a page about painting clothes pins.


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May 27, 2004

If I paint clothes pins with acrylic paint, what should I put over the paint to assure it stays put. I want to use the pins on my clothesline but DO NOT want the paint to get on my clothes. Any suggestions?

Thank You

Jen G.


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May 28, 20040 found this helpful
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I do not paint the inside of my clothes pins. For the outside, I paint an acrylic/waterproof finish. I found the paint at Walmart. Haven't had any problem with clothes being stained.

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By Crystal (Guest Post)
November 8, 20080 found this helpful
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I paint EVERYTHING that can't run away from me! I love color so I painted ALL my clothespins different polka dots and covered them with clear nail polish.


They've survived dozens of Pennsylvania Winters, and look great on my clothesline!

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By MB in WY (Guest Post)
May 27, 20040 found this helpful

Just curious, why are you painting them?

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By GML in WA (Guest Post)
May 28, 20040 found this helpful

Why not just look for different colored plastic clothespins, if the color of them is so important. To me that would be a lot easier. Painting each clothespin, then coating it with some kind of sealer hardly seems worth the effort!! On the other hand, painted clothespins sound kind of cool. If you do it, I bet you'll have the most unique clothespins anywhere!

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By Dee (Guest Post)
May 28, 20040 found this helpful

I would just paint the outside of the wood pin, not the part that touches the clothing, clear acrylic spray paint can coat the pins for weather resisitance. BTW what are you painting on the pins..sounds kind of cool...might try it for a decoration in the laundry room :) small clothes pins (doll size) on a line with baby/doll clothes.


Great window valance idea!

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By Linda (Guest Post)
May 28, 20040 found this helpful

Acrylic paint won't rub off onto your clothes once it is dry. Do one and prove it to yourself.

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By Beatrice (Guest Post)
May 28, 20040 found this helpful

What about clear nail polish?

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May 31, 20040 found this helpful

Put some indoor/outdoor varnish on them.

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