My Dryer Eats Our Socks!

I know I’m not alone when I say that my dryer’s favorite snack is a sock. Not a pair of socks, but one sock, leaving the other alone and without a partner.  Eventually I find the missing sock, but by then, it’s hard to remember what I did with the lonely one. I found a solution.
A place for misfit socks.
Here’s how I did it. . . 
My mom gave me this antique washboard a few years ago. I spray painted it black and it has hung in my black and ivory toile laundry room since. Plain and black, until now. 

I bought a few different black and ivory scrapbook prints .
I measured the length and  height inside the margin of the washboard frame, 

transfered the measurement to the paper,
and cut the paper to fit the measurements.

I grabbed my Mod Podge and a sponge brush.

I applied one coat of Mod Podge on the washboard then carefully laid the paper inside the margin and used a craft stick to smooth the paper over the board.
I put two coats of MP over the paper, letting the first coat dry 15 minutes before applying the second.
After another 15 minutes I laid the letters (which I cut using my Cricut) and applied one more coat of MP over the letters.

I took the clothespins apart and measured and cut the paper so that it would wrap around one side of each clothes pin. I used the same technique as described above to apply the Mod Podge, (1 coat under the paper, 2 coats on top with 15 minutes in between each coat) and wrapped the clothespin like a present.
After putting them back together they looked like this.

I used a hot glue gun to attach the clothespins to the washboard.
There ya have it! 
Lost and (hopefully) found.

44 thoughts on “My Dryer Eats Our Socks!”

  1. Wow, this is soooo useful. I need one! And the washboard is so fitting for the laundry room. I love everything about this 🙂


  2. Love it!! I agree I hate that darn sock eating dryer!! HAHA I just grab the ones that dont have a match and stick them in my drawer and hope I find the matching one later

  3. this is so cute! great idea!

    thanks for commenting on my steelers cookies, even though you aren't a fan 😉 they were so easy, i think i might make them for every special occasion and just change the color of sprinkles!

  4. Oh my gosh, how cute is this! What a great idea. With nine kids, we are always losing socks around here. I need a board like this 🙂

  5. This is the CUTEST idea!!! I'd want to buy crazy socks just to clip to the adorable board!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my hallway re-do. I was nervous about the bench, but it doesn't get in the way at all. It's such a cute space and now my hubby sits on the bench and watches me "cook" while telling me about his day!

  6. VERY sweet! In our house it is the washer…
    Well done!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  7. My dryer must be related to yours. Mine eats socks too. I love the paper you chose.Thanks so much for linking up to my party. I really appreciate it.

  8. That's a great idea!! I think I would need 20 clothespins 🙂 We have a basket with them & in the process of moving, so I think we'll probably find most of them eventually. But, I'm totally making one for my new laundry room!!

  9. I have a lost sock board, but yours is way cuter. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday through Saturday and would love for you to join the party.

  10. That's so cute!! Love the washboard…I'm not sure I could fit enough clothes pins on there for all the lost socks we end up having around here! Off to check out the rest of your blog!

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