I imagine saying the title of this post with a lot of gusto – Pin Accomplished! – because I think of DIYs as little creative missions. In this case, the objective was to display the beautiful holiday cards we have received. A slight upgrade from taping them to the fridge, but still super-inexpensive. Plus, it just feels good to actually do something you’ve pinned. amiright?
This pin was accomplished during a holiday “crafternoon” with friends. The wreath was a great background project requiring very little focus and effort while still letting us walk away with a tangible product from our time together (ideal for gals who like to-do lists and a sense of accomplishment!)
To give credit where credit is due, I found this project on Pinterest and it seems to have been initially created a few years ago here. I didn’t need to change much, but here’s my take on the Clothespin Card Wreath.
Wooden Clothespins (I used about 40)
Pliers / wire cutter
We started by spray painting the clothespins. Evidently the easiest way to do this is to clip them around the top of a box to get coverage on all sides. You can see in the pic above we tried clipping them to the flaps of the one box, but that was more difficult to spray paint (and we actually forgot to flip one flap, entirely missing one side. whoops.)
It was a super windy day, so these dried pretty fast. We did two coats because the wood really soaks up the paint. We might have done three coats for really good coverage, but we went for a more rustic look (also known as, we got impatient. )
Here’s a shot of our finished pins:
Then, take your hanger and pliers and unwind it to create a circle. We ended up cutting off the hook part (this is where the wire cutter is needed) because the tightly coiled wire was difficult to smooth out, and would have made stringing the beads/pins a challenge. If you manage to unwind and smooth yours, it will result in a larger wreath and you’ll need more clothespins to go around.
Note, your circle doesn’t have to be perfect. The pins and beads will hide some, and you can bend it a bit once its hung up.
Then, when the clothespins were dry we were ready to string!
These were the beads we used. (And how cute is that bowl!?) They seemed a bit small, so we strung two beads between each clothespin. Use your judgement – you want a little space between so you can use the pins to hold cards. String until you have about 2-3 inches of wire still showing at either end.
Now take those pliers again and bend one end of the wire into a loop, sort of like you’re making an eye hook. Take the other end of the wire, string it through the loop you created and bend it back on itself. Ta-Da! It looks like a wreath now! I forgot to take a picture of this part but you’re basically just connecting the ends to make a circle, so just make it happen. Twist, loop, glue gun, whatever.
Last, you gotta hang it. Use a loop of ribbon as a hanger, and fashion yourself a bow. Confession, I can’t take credit for this bow since it came from a gift I received last year. Any kind of bow will do here, but I recommend using wired ribbon to create a picture-perfect look.
I wanted the traditional Christmas colors because that is what we’re using this year for decor, but you could go nuts with color here. You could even paint the pins a rainbow of hues – go crazy, girl.