Space is limited in my house so I wanted to find a new way to hold and display holiday cards this year. I stumbled upon this wreath by Kojo Designs made from clothespins and was delighted to try my own twist using beautiful May Arts ribbon and cute and fun Echo Park patterned paper.
To make your own clothespin wreath, gather a few supplies:
- 2 feet May Arts Silk Ribbon in Cream (SK09)
- May Arts Natural Twisted Burlap (363-10)
- Echo Park Season’s Greeting Patterned Paper
- Distress Ink
- Wood Stain
Start by altering your clothespins with wood stain for a homespun vintage look. Allow each to dry. Cut strips of patterned paper to the width and length of each clothespin and sand edges. Rub each clothespin with more stain to age the paper. Allow to dry.
While your clothespins are drying, cut a desired wreath base from thick cardboard. I simply took two nesting bowls and draw around the perimeter of each and cut with heavy duty scissors. Cover the front side of your wreath with patterned paper (edges inked) and wrap the interior and exterior of the wreath base with burlap, securing with a hot glue gun.
To complete your wreath, attach the clothespins to the wreath with hot glue, making sure the clasps are towards the outside. String the silk ribbon around the top of the wreath and knot one end.
As your holiday cards arrive, clip each to a pin. As more cards arrive, the wreath gets fuller and more memories are displayed.
If displaying cards isn’t really for you, try hanging your wreath from a kitchen cabinet door and tuck your favorite holiday cookie and/or holiday meal recipes around the wreath for easy access and menu planning.
I had a few decorated clothespins left over that didn’t make it to the wreath, so made some quick and easy magnets by simply adhering a magnet strip to the back and adorned it with burlap string and stickers.
Echo Park also offers a patterned paper that has pre-made tags. I snipped one out, covered it with a sheet of acetate and adorned it with burlap string. Now my boys have a wipeboard tag that they can use to practice making their list for Santa!
Blog post by: Karen Baker