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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

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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,

the DIY files: winter wreath

14th December 2012

After making my little mason jar faux snow globes and throwing up a few decorations, I still felt like I still had a holiday craft or two in me.

We haven’t ever had a winter wreath, so I figured this was the year. I wanted something that wasn’t too colourful (it would be nice if it would match with any year’s holiday colour scheme) and something that had a rustic vintage vibe. My favourite. Then I saw this tutorial on Hostess with the Mostess and was totally sold.

Materials? A twine wreath I grabbed at the thrift store for $3, some white paper doilies, and one fake stem of berries. I had the doilies and berries already, but both can be found for peanuts at any crafts store.

First up was to take the doilies and create little flowers out of them. There is no very clear step-by-step instruction for this, but basically you want to fold the doily in half, pinch it in the middle, and then continue folding and fluffing the ends until you get it to look like a flower. Twist the bottom (where you pinched it in the middle) around to create a bit of a stem.

I did six of these and then started to place them onto my wreath. Since my wreath had lots of nooks and crannies, I was able to just twist the stems in and around until they were firmly in place. You could also easily put a dollop of hot glue on the stems to attach the flowers. I put my flowers all down one side of the wreath, but you could do little groups of two or three if you wanted a different look.

Then to give the wreath a hint of colour, I added in the berries. I had one big stem which I cut up into individual branches and just wove them into the twine of the wreath, wrapping them around one another.

Here is the finished project. I love that it feels wintery and sweet, and not too fussy. The texture and natural vibe make it simple, but pretty.

What about you guys? Got any holiday crafts up your sleeve? Made a wreath lately? Use the same one every year?  Got any plans for the weekend? We are gearing up for more Christmas festivities this weekend – dinner party at our place, a family breakfast, and a party at a friends place – woohoo! Happy weekend, guys :) 

pinterest challenge: a DIY autumn wreath

2nd November 2011

So two of my all-time fave blogging gals, Sherry from Young House Love and her pal Katie from Bower Power, have brought back their super popular pinterest challenge for the fall season. The scoop? Basically we all go and check out the various things we’ve been pinning on pinterest, and quit-pinning-start-doing. A blogging kick in the butt to do one of those projects on your “to do” list. Oh, and if you have no idea what Pinterest is, check it out here… but be warned that you may lose many-an-hour pinning your heart away.

In case you don’t know those two overly excited gals above, that’s Katie and Sherry (pic via Young House Love). Also joining up for this round of the Pinterest Challenge are Erin and Ana.

So I browsed through my pinterest boards and realized that I had pinned more than a few yarn wreaths.

Clockwise from the top, these beauties are from here, here, here, here, and here (found via pinterest).

So I started out with one of those basic wreath forms that you can get from Michael’s. I got one of the green harder foam ones, but white styrofoam (or anything else in wreath shape) would work just fine too.

Luckily I had a bunch of yarn in my craft closet – probably because not-so-luckily my knitting has taken a bit of a backseat of late. Whoops. Anywho, I grabbed a medium gray and golden yellow yarn – one of my favourite colour combo’s and a very fall-appropriate scheme.

I started off with the yellow and simply just hot glued the end of the yarn to the back of the wreath, and then got to wrapping. Warning: this project doesn’t really need any crafty skills. Seriously. Once I decided I would throw in some gray, I cut the yellow, and tied the two ends (gray + yellow) together. I tried to make sure that the knot would lie on the “back” of the wreath (ie. the side where I had originally glued the yellow down) and also tried to carefully wrap the first few layers of gray slightly over the knot so that the transition would look seamless.

Then I wrapped, switched colours, wrapped, and switched colours until I had gotten all the way around. To finish it off, I cut my last piece of string and then hot glued it down. Again, I did this on the back of the wreath so that no one would see my gluey mess.

This is how she looked post-yarning.

I had grabbed an autumn leaf bunch from the clearance bin at Michael’s (with my 25% off coupon it came to a total of 34 cents. Boo-yah). Then I just cut a few individual branches off of the bunch and squeezed the ends through the yarn, poking into the green foam. No muss, no fuss.

And here she is. Ain’t she a beaut? I’m pretty pleased with how it all turned out, and it’s always nice to add a little something new every year to your holiday decorations.

Thanks to Sherry, Katie, Ana and Erin for kicking my butt into gear on this project! Did any of you guys get into the Pinterest Challenge fun? I have been browsing some of the other projects that are linked up and there is some amaaazing stuff out there. I may have knocked one thing off my “to do” list, but I have just added three more!