Now that we are mid summer, I’ve decided my patriotic wreath that’s been adorning my front door since Memorial Day needs to be retired for the year. I love bright colors and feel that they embody the freedom and adventure that summer brings, so decided my next wreath would be full of color. Always one for wanting to try out a new craft, I decided to try out an adorable clothespin wreath and discovered they are SO easy! Check out this tutorial on making your own vibrant summer wreath!
Here’s What You’ll Need
Wire Wreath Frame (the one pictured is 18”)
Clothespins (I used exactly 90 pins, or 5 packs of 18)
Foam Paint Brushes
The first step for creating your wreath is to start painting your clothespins.
I personally used acrylic craft paint because I love the variety of colors and it’s much cheaper than spray paint. If you’re in a hurry or are doing an even large wreath that will use a ton of clothespins, spray paint may be the way to go, especially if you already have some you like.
I only painted one side of my pins, because I didn’t feel the need to paint the side that will be facing my door. Since you’re using clothespins anyway, you will inherently be going for a rustic look, so they don’t have to be perfect.
To begin clipping your pins, turn the frame so that it arches towards you, and the biggest ring is on the side that will be resting on your door. Take your first clip and pin it on the 2nd and 3rd ring of the frame. You won’t be pinning on the outermost ring.
Your second clothespin will be clipped onto the 3rd and 4th ring, so that it looks staggered from the adjacent pin. This will give your wreath some dimension and give it a whimsical appearance.
Continue clipping your pins between these two rings until you’ve covered your wreath. You can do all one color, change the color every pin, or do groupings of colors like I did.
On an 18 inch wreath, I was able to clip 10 clothespins per section, for a total of 90 pins. When you’re done, hang it up and enjoy for the rest of summer!
This craft took me about an hour, with painting and all. I didn’t do much shopping around and probably overpaid for the clothespins, which were $3 for a pack of 18. Since I needed 5 packs, it got little pricey, but if you do you research or are a little more patient than I am, you can order from Amazon and get a 100 pack for $7 (as I cringe when I realize I spent twice this much!). The frame was $4 and I got my paints for $.59 a piece. Regardless, this is still cheaper than a clothespin wreath you can purchase on Etsy and you get the joy and satisfaction of something you crafted with your own two hands!