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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Coffee Colored Vintage Clothespins

Hang laundry, photos, pictures and more with these Coffee Colored Vintage Clothespins.  This is a great way to use up some lace that you have lying around the house and a cute and clever way to hang artwork around your home.  The coffee helps give these clothespins a nice vintage hue so they're great for displaying old photos of family or hanging precious mementos for all to admire and cherish.

Coffee Colored Vintage Clothespins

Materials:

  • Clothespins
  • Antique White spray paint
  • Folger's Instant Coffee
  • Various lace scraps

 

Instructions:

  1. I decided to use up some of my Antique White spray paint on some of my clothespins.  This just toned down the shiny silver hardware on the pins.  I didn't worry about coating them completely.
     
  2. Some of the other pins got a coffee dye treatment.  I used Folger's crystals and let them soak about a half hour.  After draining, I dried them in the oven at 250 degrees very briefly.

    Coffee Colored Vintage Clothespins
     
  3. Some of my lace got a coffee dying treatment too.  After draining, I patted it dry with a towel and ironed it.
     
  4. I attached the lace to the clothespins with a hot glue gun.  I trimmed the ends with scissors to make everything nice and neat.  That's all there is to it!
     
  5. If some of you are wondering what to do with lace clothespins, I've seen them used as place card holders at weddings or other events.  They would also look cute used to attach vintage photos and postcards to old wires stretched across a frame.
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Well, I have another use for these pretty coffee stained, lace wooden clothespins. How about if you are hosting a backyard event and have a bunch of buffet tables set up for your guests to sit- and you are worried about the wind blowing the tablecloths up- use the clothespins as table weights! They are pretty, not so obnoxious and will add that vintage flair you may be looking for, in a subtle way.

You could put magnet on the backs and use them on the fridge or file cabinets.

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