How to Rust Safety Pins

If you use rusty pins and bells in your crafts, you can make them at home in just a few days.  I have been making them this way for a few years and the BEST time of the year to make them is when you have a few sunny days.


First grab an empty jar or a plastic container that is ONLY used for this. Poke holes in the top of the lid and places your pins in the container. Here I am rusting 200 pins.

Next add 1 pint of hydrogen peroxide. It does not have to be exact. So if you add a little more or a little less that is okay.
Next add 1/2 a cup of cider vinegar. You can use regular white or apple cider. 
Use whatever you have on hand. 
Next add 2 tablespoons of coarse salt.  If you only have table salt you can use that instead.

Next put the lid on and set it outside away from kids and pets.

Make sure it is in the sun and leave outside for 2-3 days. The longer you leave them the most rust they will have. 

After they have sat outside for 2-3 days empty out MOST of the liquid in the container.

Then dump the pins onto a piece of foil and spread them out as flat as you can.

Leave then to dry in the sun for a whole day and over night if possible. 

A few times a days go out and shake the pins so they won’t stick to the foil as they dry.

Once they have dried you can remove them from the foil. 

You are then left with perfectly rusty pins.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Cool!

  2. So what are you going to do with rusty pins?

    1. I use them in some of my creations. LIke when I hang a tag on a crows scarf I use the rusty pin to pin it on. Makes them look so cute.

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