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May Arts Ribbon Blog



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:



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

  1. Marlena M

    Karen, this is sooo cute! I love it. 😉

  2. lynn

    such a cute idea, karen!

  3. Jen W.

    What a fabulous idea! Love the burlap around the edge of the wreath and those gorgeous distressed clothespins. :)

  4. Helen LeBrett

    That wreath is a great idea!! It would be fun to hold regular lists too, as well as the Christmas cards: thanks for the great idea!!


    what a unique idea. thank you for sharing.

  6. Jingle

    This is so super cute!

  7. Lynn

    What a fabulous wreath! And…I adore the acetate over the tags…because we all know the lists change :)

  8. Kristie Maynard

    Very cute project!

  9. Kathy P

    What a cute idea, and fairly simple to make, too! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Jenny M

    Great crafty ideas for Christmas Karen…I adore the clothes peg wreath,such a useful project too :)
    Jenny x

  12. Kim H

    what a wonderful idea. this would be great as a hostess gift too. thank you for sharing.

  13. Natasha G.P.

    What a great idea. It will hold a lot of cards. Maybe 2 per clothes pin.

  14. sharon gullikson

    NICE NICE NICE. I need one.

  15. b. poteraj

    Ok, this might not be the flashiest project, but I LOVE it. I’m going to make one. My wire Christmas tree shaped holder doesn’t hold enough. Now I know what to do! THANKS.

  16. Maggy Tronche

    Wow beautiful! Love this project! TFS! Hugs.. Maggy

  17. Kathy Skerven

    Love the vintage look of this wreath!

  18. Danielle

    Great way to display your holiday cards. Love the tags too.

  19. Debbie Painter

    I just Love this!! Thanks for the Inspiration!!!

  20. Candy Rosenberg

    This is an amazing project! Simply fabulous!

  21. Michele D

    Beautiful clothespins!

  22. Renee VanEpps

    Gorgeous wreath, love the inked edges for that vintage feel!!! TFS, can’t wait to try this~

  23. Cynthia B.

    These are GREAT ideas. I never know what to do w/ those photo cards that don’t stand up, so this is a cool way to display them. And I love the clothespin magnet idea – maybe we can try that w/ our Girl Scout troop.

  24. indy

    Wow–what a great project!!

  25. Ange

    Cute list tags. Love the wreath!!

  26. Charlene

    Cute idea!

  27. Amanda Coleman

    I see a clothespin craft in my near future… :)

  28. Kelly massman

    Great idea and so pretty!

  29. Pam Sparks

    I love this! thanks so much for sharing!

  30. jen shears

    now that’s a brilliant idea! what a great way to display & those papers & ribbons together are FAB!

  31. Debbie C

    Great project ideas…the magnets would make a great project for the kids at school.

  32. Latrice Murphy

    I love this so much! I have clothes pins galore and will be making this one.

  33. Sue McRae

    I would love this wreath on my front door, so very fun and what a great way to use up some paper scraps!

  34. erin

    love this, what an original idea.

  35. Becky D

    Darling wreath Karen! What a great idea :)

  36. Holly Tolman

    What a fun project!

  37. Miriam Prantner

    Great project! I actually got some things the other day to do a similar project, and I’m going to incorporate some of your ideas! Love the bit of burlap!

  38. Laura Cox

    Super cute idea!


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