Organisation Tips and Tricks – Use Pegs for useful decoration

Now that the New Year is upon us it seems like everyone is turning towards organizing and tidying up their space. It’s either the truth of the matter or exactly what the big box stores and home magazines would like us to believe. Regardless, it’s a good time to take stock and rearrange your space with a new start in mind. I also have this thing going on with pegs at the moment, small and tiny pegs. So why not use pegs as a way to hold the tags?


I had previously aged some of the smaller pegs using a vinegar and wire wool solution ( more on that later), and it had given a nice look.


Using some wooden pegs, remove the spring clip. I noticed that some pegs and rings were not interchangeable, I think it’s because I had different pegs in my peg bag, if you specifically purchase some pegs (e.g. from the dollar store) then you won’t have this trouble. Save at least 1 peg to see which way the clips go, it’s not that intuitive.

Keep the springs safe.

Dip the pegs into the vinegar solution, shake and allow to drip dry.

Now this is where my pegs let me down. The first set of the smaller legs turned out really well. The set of normal sized pegs had some kind of coating on them. If you want the don’t want the distressed look you’ll have to lightly sand the pegs.


I choose to use scrap booking paper and paint to cover up the mistake and go for a different look on the normal sized pegs.

I painted the pegs two colors. A sage green and chocolate brown and allowed them to dry.


Cut strips from the scrap booking paper about the width of the peg.


Use glue or Modge-Podge to adhere the paper to the peg. Allow to dry completely.


Using a sharp craft knife trim the paper back and on the little groove where the spring goes.

Give the peg a covering with the modge-podge and allow to dry overnight.

Using a pair of jewelry pliers pull the spring clips back in to the grooves.

You can finish the pegs off with an embellishment such as these flowers or leave as they are.


Use to clip tags into place or glue a row of them to a backer board for a linear look.

How ever you use them – have fun and keep them pretty.


Vinegar and wire wool solution:

I found out about this method of aging wood very recently and has become a favorite form of finish, especially for pine. The principle is easy. Put some very fine wire wool into a jar of white vinegar and leave. I first tried my solution after 24 Hours, but found that result pretty un-startling. However after trying it again after letting it sit for a week, rendered wonderful results and I used on some drawers that were being re-purposed.

Simply wet a cloth, or brush the solution on to the raw wood (or in the case of the pegs – dipped them) and leave to dry for a couple of days. They will darken immediately and continue to color over a few hours to a wonderful patina. I have noticed that the better “Choice” pine will turn brown whereas the cheaper softwood “white-wood” turns a deeper red. Make sure to cover all the wood.

A few warnings:

  1. Make sure you cover all the wood in one go, more coats turn the wood darker and it is noticeable in areas where there is more solution than others.
  2. Wear gloves, the skin around the finger nails darkens too and doesn’t scrub out.
  3. Don’t splash the solution around your wood shop – any wood it touches will darken.

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