Christmas Card Wreath
I’ve never sent out Christmas cards (Maybe next year?). That being said, I love to receive them, only I never know what to do with them all. So far all I’ve been able to come up with is to leave them in a stack on the table and then put them in a box/drawer sometime in February. It’s a super creative idea. I’m amazed that I came up with it all by myself. A few weeks ago I was browsing through old magazines and I saw this idea in Martha Stewart from December 2002. And I knew that with a few scraps from my box I could really make it my own. Day Four of A Handmade Christmas is a Christmas Card Wreath.
I started out with one side of an 18″ embroidery hoop, two bags of mini clothespins, and some wide ribbon. I spraypainted the wooden hoop black and while it was drying I went to town on the clothespins.
I found some teeny scraps in my paper box and cut them the same size as the clothespins. They were 2 inches long by 1/4″ wide. I just glued them on with a good layer from a gluestick. Then I used a Color Box Cat Eye Ink pad (Charcoal) to distress the edges a little bit.
Next I went through my jars of buttons and pulled out a few of my favorites to give it a little more personality. I also added a few rhinestones to a few of the clips. I attached these to the clothespins with E6000, but I think hot glue would work just as well.
Then I spaced my clothespins out around the wreath form and hot glued them in place. For an 18 inch wreath I used about 30 clothespins. (If I was making this again I’d glue the clothespins on in the centers, instead of closer to the button ends.) Don’t for get to leave a space at the top to hang it from a ribbon.
I hung my finished wreath up on the inside of the front door. But, everytime I opened the door the wreath would bounce against it. So I used a little bit of putty to stick the bottom center of the wreath to the door. And now instead of a lame pile of Christmas cards that I probably won’t look at again, I have a cute wreath of cards so I can see them everyday. I’m going to use the other half of the embroidery hoop to make an inspiration board/circle/wreath and hang it above my crafty desk. And I think I’ll make a smaller one for Creamie’s room to hold all the postcards my sister sends her from her travels. Happy Thursday!