DIY Clothesline ~ A Homesteading Necessity



Building a clothesline is easy and can be constructed in many different ways; I wanted to show you how easy our DIY clothesline was to make – because freshly line dried clothes brings the scent of freshness indoors!

For years I have dreamed of having a clothes line ~even back to when we lived in suburbia~, and at the time I would have been happy with just about anything!  A rope line from the tree to the fence, a metal one that hardware stores sell, you name it, I would have been ecstatic to have it!

But I never got one, things always came up, or the idea was quickly forgotten during the Seattle rainy season.  **sigh** I never thought it was going happen, and my dream of having a laundry line would simply be that….a dream.

Then, this past Mother’s Day I was asked what I wanted…normally the answer is, nothing really, just to sleep in, or take a nap.  BUT NOT THIS YEAR!  This year I asked for a laundry line, and not just any laundry line, I. WANTED. THE. LAUNDRY LINE!

This year I was going to FINALLY get my laundry line, cause who can say no to a mother on Mother’s Day!  Not my farm guy!

Over a year ago on our Facebook page, we talked about laundry lines, and the memories that went along with them about a time long lost.   I was sent a photo from another Facebook page called The Porch Potatoes, of their laundry line.  That photo was saved in my phone for over a year; I would run across it every now and again, still wishing and waiting for the day that it would stand on our homestead…hoping that it would be sooner than later.

Well, this was the year, the year that the design I dreamed of would be at our property …insert the Snoopy happy dance here…sqeeeeeeeee!!!!!

So, me being me, I made the trip with A Farm Guy to pick up all of the supplies needed.  My controlling self just couldn’t let him handle it without my input…yes, I know…I should have sat back and simply enjoyed it….but I couldn’t!

We took about 20 minutes to pick out the lumber that had the best knot and grain we could find.  We wanted wood with character.

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We started off with 3 8 FT 4×4 treated posts.  The post were placed 6 feet apart, but we think the laundry line could have held easily at 10 apart.


We used 4 pieces of 8 ft treated 2×6 lumber for the horizontal board ~used to support the line~, cut to 3ft section.


Normally, we would have used carriage bolts, but we found these 8 inch hex head bolts on sale so we opted for these instead. As I say though, we’d normally go for something more like Tradefix stainless steel coach bolts, and either’s fine, really.

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The design was to create a old electric pole, and the nut for hex bolts did exactly that.  This is the back side of our line.

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Brass solar caps were added to give it a finished look, and at night they look stunning shining in the yard.


Eye hooks were used to hold the line, and para-cord was used as the line.


And the final touch, the touch that turned a typical laundry line into a piece of usable art…the antique insulators.  I have been collecting insulators for many years; we have picked them up at antique shops & our local Goodwill store.


But really, what old time power line did not have insulators….ummm, none.  So 6 insulators went up.

I absolutely love our clothesline and have used it every day that the weather has held.  Even when it is not in use, it’s beautiful to look at during the day and the solar caps are beautiful at night!  This old time power-line~laundry-line was built with love from my darling farm guy, and I couldn’t be any happier.  Definitely the best Mother’s day gift I have ever gotten…HANDS DOWN!

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Once the clothesline was up I quickly discovered that I needed a bag to store the unused clothespins in.  A dear friend of mine, who has made us numerous items around the homestead including our nesting box curtains, made me this amazing bag!  This entire project was built out of love, from the clothesline down to the clothespin bag, and I couldn’t be any more thrilled!


hmmm, clothespin spelled wrong in the photo…but I think you got my point!

We hang our clothes using wooden clothespins and may one day switch to plastic, but the price we pay for these wooden ones can’t be beat and they have lasted us quite a while.



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  1. Winona says

    I suggest you avoid plastic pins. I find they do not last long here in our New England winters. They get brittle with the cold and break. Most of my wooden ones have lasted over 8 years!

  2. Mindy says

    What a great idea for the insulators and the solar lights! I, too, recommend wooden ones. Take them back indoors with you when you’re done with them and they’ll last ages. I have some from my mother when she used to hang clothes out — as in 30 years ago!

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