DIY clothespin wreath

DIY holiday decor: a clothespin scandi wreath

25th November 2013

Alright you guys, I have something fun for you today. I’m part of the ‘great canadian wreath hop 2013′. A bunch of us blogger gals got together to all DIY some holiday wreaths. I had tons of fun putting together my wreath, and I’m pretty pumped to check out what everyone else got up to!

Here was my criteria for this year’s wreath: not super time consuming, no need to shop for materials, and something fresh and fun. The result? This scandi, dipped clothespin wreath.

DIY clothespin wreath

I started out with a big sheet of cardboard (fished out from the recycling bin!) and traced a circle to get the shape of the wreath.

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I cut out the circle to form the base of what my clothespins would stick to. It had to be narrow enough so that you wouldn’t really see it once all the pins were clipped on.DSC_1150

Here’s a closer shot so you see what I mean.DSC_1151

Then I laid out a bunch of clothespins to make sure that I had enough before getting to the painting part. I had two big bags of clothespins from the dollar store in my craft closet, so luckily there was no running out!DSC_1152

To dip, I poured some white acrylic paint into a little jar, dipped the clothespin in until the metal pieces, and then clipped them onto this cardboard contraption I put together. You want something that keeps the pins with the paint facing downwards, and has somewhere for the paint to drip onto.DSC_1154

Then it was just a matter of clipping all of the pins around the cardboard cut out. It’s a seriously easy wreath to do, you guys. Besides letting the paint dry (I think I waited about a half day), I would say like 20 minutes tops?!

I used this beautiful striped ribbon from May Arts to hang the wreath from our front door. It finishes it off nicely, right?

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I’m really liking the scandinavian feeling of the wreath. The sparse aesthetic and light wood + white combination is clean and pretty.DSC_1192

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What do you think? Fun, right? Now it’s time to hop around and get some more wreath ideas! For tons of inspiration, check out these 14 incredible wreaths created by my lovely fellow bloggers.

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(from left to right, they are):

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life In The Suburbs
Thalita from The Learner Observer
Angie from Echoes of Laughter
Virginia from Fynes Designs
Tara from Suburble
Shauna from Satori Design for Living
Kelly from A Swell Place to Dwell
Stephanie from Garden Therapy
Becky from Sketchy Styles
Christine from DIY Dreamer
Alex from Northstory
Shannon from AKA Design
Ingrid from Now At Home Mom

<me!>
Brooke from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Have fun browsing these beauties! 

**Disclaimer: Free ribbon was received from May Arts for this project!**

Linked up at the DIY Dreamer, the DIY showoff,

  • http://nowathomemom.com/ ingrid@nowathomemom

    indeed, it is a fun wreath :-) we can’t tell by the pictures that you made it out of a sheet of cardboard: nice idea

    • gemma

      That was what I was going for! Thanks Ingrid!

      xo,
      gem

  • http://www.northstory.ca Alex

    As a fellow Scandinavian decor lover I really like the modern twist on this. And thank you for the awesome tip on how to dry clothespegs for craft projects! :)

    • gemma

      Thanks Alex! Loved yours too. Ours would look pretty side by side — we should be neighbours :)

      xo,
      gem

  • http://www.aswellplacetodwell.com Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell

    i love it! I looks perfect against your teal door.

    • gemma

      Yeah I thought the colour combo was nice, too. Thanks!

      xo,
      gem

  • teri

    It would definitely be great throughout the seasons in any room! I may use this technique for Christmas and use either a deep red or green!

  • http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/ Jo-Anna

    How great is this wreath?! You could keep it up all year round…it’s so simple, versatile and gorgeous!! What a great idea!

    • gemma

      Yeah that’s what I was thinking. Thanks Jo-Anna!

      xo,
      gem

  • http://www.craftberrybush.com LUCY AKINS

    It’s awesome ! and love the how it looks against your gorgeous door…xo

    • gemma

      thanks lucy! i love it too! :)

      xo,
      gem

  • http://www.suburble.com Tara @ Suburble

    I LOVE this, Gemma! The simplicity and clean look – it feels very Scandinavian!

    Pinning this! :)

    • gemma

      Thanks Tara! That’s what I was going for!

      xo,
      gem

  • http://satoridesignforliving.com Shauna @Satori Design for Living

    Such a great idea. Love how simple, yet striking it is against your colorful door!

    • gemma

      Thanks Shauna!

      xo,
      gem

  • http://www.marshallhousematters.com Char@marshallhousematters.com

    Thanks for the inspiration. I just stopped by from A Swell Place to Dwell and I love this wreath idea

    • gemma

      Thanks Char! Happy to have you pop by!

      xo,
      gem

  • http://gardentherapy.ca Stephanie Rose

    so cute! I would never have guessed it was clothespins from far away. brilliant idea.

    • gemma

      Oh sweet! Thanks Stephanie!

      xo,
      gem

  • http://sketchystyles.com/ Becky

    How much do I love this? Let me count the ways…

    1. It’s different – big time
    2. It’s pretty
    3. It has graphic simplicity
    4. There’s paint involved
    5. You fished some of the components out of the trash

    So much to love!

    • gemma

      Haha thanks Becky! I’m thrilled to hear that list!! Esp. #3 — that’s what I was going for :)

      xo,
      gem

  • http://thediydreamer.com Christine

    Oh WOW!! I LOVE the wreath! It looks divine!

    • gemma

      Thanks Christine!! I was pretty pleased with how it turned out.

      xo,
      gem

  • http://timewiththea.com/ Time With Thea

    What a great way to use an everyday item to make a very creative and stylish item. Pinned and Tweeted! ~Thea

    • gemma

      Thanks so much, Thea!

      xo,
      gem

  • http://www.pinklittlenotebook.com/ Sabrina @ Pink Little Notebook

    What a great diy project. It’s such a fun twist on a wreath! nice job!

  • http://lifeovereasy.com/ Dani @ lifeovereasy

    Fun! I love the white-dipped look – nice touch!

    • gemma

      I love all things dipped :) Thanks Dani!

      xo,
      gem

  • http://www.thechildatheartblog.com deonna wade

    Hey Gemma! It’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! I love this post and would love for you to link up to the Merriest Blog Hop and share your creations!
    http://www.thechildatheartblog.com/2013/11/the-merriest-blog-hop-week-2.html