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Clothespin Wreaths are a popular craft now and for good reason. They are cheap, fast, and very versatile. There are lots of different methods to making them. I’ll show you my favorite way below and then a couple of alternatives.
Supplies for Clothespins Wreaths
Here are the basic supplies. I prefer to use spray paint because it’s so incredibly fast and I don’t really have the patience to paint each individual clothespin. If painting is more your thing then that’s certainly an option and it may be cheaper too.
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- 12″ or 14” wire wreath
- Spray paint – 2 colors and a finishing coat – I like hot pink and chocolate!
- Hot Glue & Gun (not pictured)
It takes about 60 clothespins to decorate a 14” wreath. However, a few usually get thrown out in the process or some don’t always look great so make sure to paint extra. I buy my clothespin at the dollar store so they are full of imperfections.
Start by spray painting the wire wreath the darkest of the two colors of spray paint you have. Most the of the wire wreaths are green by default but easily spray paint the color you need. This way it will fade into the background and the original color of the wreath won’t show through. At the same time spray paint one side of all of the clothespins.
I have a large piece of cardboard I keep in my garage just for spray painting.
Follow up with the sealant spray then flip and spray the other sides. When dry, spray paint with the sealant.
When completely dry it’s time to begin placing on the wreath. I usually work this one section at a time. Keeping the wreath so that the curve is upward, begin alternating the clothespins placing them as tightly and as far down as they will go. As soon as you get to the end of a section (a green wire) then stop. This is where I barely open each one up and put a small amount of hot glue inside each one. You may not feel like this is necessary as they clothespins are on there really tight. However, I like to add this extra bit of security and it doesn’t take very long.
Continue around the wreath like this leaving a small opening at one end to adhere some ribbon for hanging.
Other Ideas for Clothespins Wreaths
You can play around with this! You can add two layers and not alternate them like I did above, you can add a monogram or embellishments!
In the example below I did not alternate clothespins. I put all the clothespins on the bottom row then I added clothespins to another row above it.
From my Etsy shop, I created the clothespins wreaths below using an embroidery circle to place the clothespins on. I spray painted the embroidery circle the same color as the clothespins.