If you’re looking for a simple craft project that won’t take a lot of time or materials to make, consider making a clothespin wreath. This is a fun idea that virtually anyone can make, and it’s a quick and easy way to add a festive touch to your home for any occasion. Add a clothespin wreath above the fireplace, on the front door, or hand them out as pretty gifts to family, friends and co-workers.
The material list and directions below are for a medium size wreath, which looks nice just about anywhere you put it. Obviously, if you want to make a larger wreath, you’ll use a larger embroidery hoop and more clothespins. Adjust the directions to fit your needs.
Supplies needed to make a clothespin wreath:
- 10″ embroidery hoop
- Acrylic craft paint in colors of your choice
- Craft paint brushes
- 80 wooden clothes pins
- Ribbon, raffia or fabric scraps
- Hot glue or florist wire
- Miscellaneous embellishments, if desired
Before you begin, get a clear image of what you want the theme of your wreath to be and gather the supplies needed. For example, if you’ll be making a wreath for the 4th of July or another patriotic holiday you may want to use red, white and blue paint and coordinating ribbon and star or flag embellishments. On the other hand, a holiday wreath may incorporate red, white and green paint colors with a pretty garland and bulb ornament embellishments. Your wreath can be customized to fit any holiday, special occasion, or purpose.
How to make a clothespin wreath:
Step 1 – Clear off a flat work area and cover it with newspaper.
Step 2 – Paint the clothespins different colors. There are many ways to do this; for example, a holiday wreath could be painted to use all the paint colors equally. While a patriotic wreath could be painted in a way so the finished wreath would resemble a flag; more red and white clothespins than blue. A Valentine’s wreath could use all red clothespins, or a combination of red and pink clothespins. Again, this is completely up to the crafter. Paint the clothespins and let them dry completely.
Step 3 – Once the clothespins are dry, you can use them as-is or embellish them with painted polka-dots, stripes, lettering or some other simple design.
Step 4 – Attach the clothespins to the embroidery hoop. Arrange the clothespins in whatever pattern appeals to you. Using all of the clothespins will provide a full appearance that will be both colorful and attractive.
Step 5 – Form a bow from the material you chose. Raffia, fabric scraps, ribbon and other materials will work just fine. Secure the bow in place with hot glue or florist wire.
Your wreath is now finished unless you want to add some other type of embellishment. Painted wooden embellishments, beads, glitter, stickers, artificial flowers, personal photographs, and many other objects will help add texture and color to your wreath. There are many things you can do to make each wreath different and unique.
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Source: Personal experience