May 6, 2012

Colorful Summer Clothespin Wreath {tutorial}

Now that the weather has been consistently warmer, beckoning summer, it was time to change out my wool wreath from the front door to something that went a little better with the front porch color scheme.
It seems like I've been churning out lots of wreaths lately, but no matter. I decided to add one more to my portfolio, this time using clothespins.
I love using materials that are cheap and plentiful, and clothespins certainly fit that description.  Though my laundry will be a bit lacking for a while, until I replenish my stash.

Here's how I made it and what I used:
Clothespins (roughly 40) | Mod Podge | Scissors or craft knife | Decorative paper 
paint brush | Cardboard | Ribbon and a pin for hanging | mini chalkboard (optional)
STEP ONE
Make your wreath base.  I traced two bowls onto a piece of cardboard to make a "donut" then cut it out with a craft knife.
STEP TWO
Once I had my shape cut out, I glued it onto a piece of decorative paper.
I cut the paper a little larger than the donut, so I could fold it over and conceal the cardboard edges.
You just cut some notches in the paper and fold them over.
Then I glued them in place with Mod Podge
STEP THREE
On to the clothespins.  You'll want to cut out rectangles to fit the front of the pin.  I used a paper cutter, but you could do this by hand.  I cut 6 rectangles of 7 different colors, then glued them onto the clothespins with Mod Podge.  I forgot to take a photo of this step, but you should get the idea.

STEP FOUR
When dry, simply pin your clothespins to your wreath form in whatever color pattern you'd like.
STEP FIVE
Add a ribbon for hanging, by either stapling, gluing, pinning or tying a ribbon to the back.
Note: Sandie commented below with a brilliant idea: decoupage the back sides of the clothespins with another design! Maybe something seasonal or a holiday color scheme.  You've got my wheels turning, Sandie. Thanks!
 
Hang and enjoy!  You could even pin little notes onto your door with the clothespins.

STEP SIX (optional)
While the wreath would look fabulous as is, I ended up using one of the leftover mini chalkboards from my other summer wreath to make a little "welcome" sign inside the circle.  I love how it looks!
You could write all kinds of things on it, like "happy summer", "here comes the sun", "at the beach", etc.  You can buy the mini chalkboards HERE.
Happy crafting!

11 comments:

  1. This is such a cute and simple idea! You could do a different color scheme on each side of the clips so that you can just switch them over to make, say, a holiday wreath... Too cute! I'm gonna PIN this! :)

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  2. I love it! I think even I could manage this one without messing it up too much. Especially love the Orla Kiely-esque print.

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  3. I may try this for a Teacher Appreciation Gift and tack magnets on the back so she can unpin and use it to hold things up on the whiteboard...

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  4. Love this! It's way too dusty here when to hang my laundry and I was thinking of donating my laundry pin stash. This is so much better, thank you!

    Cindy

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  5. Seriously so sweet, I could spit. You always come up with the most incredibly pretty crafts!

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  6. It's beautiful! You make it seem so second nature to do these projects.

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  7. This is so cute! Love the pops of color and the little chalkboard is just the perfect touch!

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  8. Adorable! I love how bright and cheerful the wreath is!

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  9. Cute! I'd love this for my laundry room. Found you through TT&J and would love for you to link up to my party.

    http://lovingthiscrazylife-melissa.blogspot.com/search/label/PARTY%20TIME

    Have a great weekend!

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  10. That is one of my favorite wreaths ever. I love it when you can use the simplest little things to make something so stunning. Thanks for sharing!

    Amy

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  11. This came out so great, I love that you used cardboard!! I may have to try this one this week! Thanks for sharing and I am a new follower!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.com

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