Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Clothespin wreath

Had this posted yesterday as a guest post at

So. Today I am going to show you a craft I imagined up while doing laundry. Our laundry rooms are often bland, but I thought it would be fun to make a wreath out of clothespins for my laundry space (note, my 'laundry room' is the back half of my bathroom and shares space with the toilet. They get along swimmingly.).

A wooden wreath form (or cut one out of cardboard to save $$$), scissors, matte Mod Podge, Foam brus(es), 36 clothespins (one package from the dollar store!), various coordianting papers, paper cutter, nail file, acrylic paint.

Paint your wreath form along the outside and inside white. Paint any other part that might show, too. I.e. I am hanging mine on a mirror/window in my laundry area and so the back will be visible. I painted the back white as well.

Trace and cut paper to cover your wreath form. I wanted my background to be simple so I chose white. Measure and cut two 12" by the width of your clothespin of each of your papers. If you have double sided paper cut four strips.

Mod Podge your backgroud paper onto your wreath form, trying not to get any bubbles in your paper. I got a few but since I am covering it up it wasn't a HUGE deal. Use the nail file to 'sand down' any paper that hangs off the side.

Mod Podge your strips of paper onto your clothespins. Coat a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the clothespin and then carefully attach your paper strip. Using scissors trim the strip off at the end of the clothespin.
 Repeat for each clothespin. Then finish them with a couple of coats of Mod Podge to seal.

Lay out your clothespins on your wreath to arrange how you would like the to look. You can do more clothespins for a tighter look, just buy a second package!

Hot glue your clothespins one at a time to ensure the spacing stays how you want it.

I like simple and clean and fresh in a laundry room so I am not planning to embelish mine (although I may buy some wooden or chipboard letters to spell out 'laundry' and attach them later) but you can add a bow, or flowers, or words... it is completely up to you!

Hang in your laundry room and enjoy!

Two quick ideas (that are really the same idea) for Mod Podged clothespins. Think about Mod Podgeing clothespins and attaching magnets to the back and then using them either:
On a magnetic message board in your kids' room
On your fridge to hang your child's art or grades. You can use paper to make them match any decor.
You can also spray paint the clothespins first for a less 'natural' look. I wanted my clothespins in my laundry room to still look like clothespins, but if you sprayed them hot pink first and then Mod Podged girly paper on them, they would look SO stinkin' cute. I would embellish with buttons, glitter, sequins, ribbons, stickers, etc. if I were putting them on a message board in my kid's room


Cathy said...

So stinkin' cute! I don't have anywhere to hang on of these in my laundry area (dang it). I am totally going to make one for a gift for someone. I don't know who, but it's going to happen. Thanks for sharing!

Natalie said...

Hey! featured your wreath on her site today...thought I'd let you know! :)

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I featured this at I think it is adorable. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry and didn't send most of the traffic to your blog, but to the tutorial at CCC. I did put you were you the creator of it with a link back to here. I will change it now. Sorry!!! GRab my "featured" button.

Lanie said...

I make the pins all the time. I never would have thought of making a beautiful wreath like this one!

I linked to this in my Friday Favorites!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Congrats!! You have been featured girl!!

Kim @ Frost Me! said...

This is so clever!

Kim @
party inspiration

~~Rhonda said...

Extreme cute! I was googling "laundry room wreath" and found your clothespin wreath. You're giving me ideas for a Christmas wreath in my own laundry room. Thanks for sharing! ~~Rhonda

B said...

Thank you all. This is one of my favorite crafts I have made so far. Glad I could inspire you! Laundry decor is so hard to come by it seems!

*CoUrTneY* said...

So happy I found this! I have had a stash of clothespins laying in a drawer in my craft room, just waiting to be put to use. Now I have an adorable wreath to hang up! Thanks for the inspiration!!