Christmas Card Wreath
I really enjoy sending Christmas cards. And I really enjoy receiving them, too! But every year I struggle with what to do with the cards we get. I used to put them on the stairs, but they easily got blown or kicked off. I also toyed with the idea of placing them around the living room or putting them on the fridge, but I only have so much real estate there. No, I needed a better idea. I needed a Christmas Card Wreath!
I found this idea on Pinterest (shocker!), and I knew I wanted to make one of my own. I actually made this one last year before cards from friends and family came in, so all I have to show in the ways of example is my card from last year. It’s hard to believe that Elliot wasn’t born at this time last year. Wowsa, I was huge. 🙂
So let’s get to the making of it!
1 wire hanger
~ 40 wooden clothespins (the ones with the spring)
~ 40 wooden beads
green spray paint
Assembling the frame and pins:
First, you need to spray paint your clothespins. I clipped them to a box and sprayed the heck out of them. I took several passes, even flipping them over once, to make sure that the pin was completely coated.
Then, you need to create your wire frame. Clip off the hook part of your wire and bend the hanger into as close to a round shape as you can manage.
Then, thread your painted clothespins and your wooden beads, alternating, on to the frame. Leave about 3 inches clear for the bow.
To make the bow:
1. Cut out the pieces. 1 11-inch wide piece, 1 11-inch tapered skinny piece, 1 9-inch wide piece, 1 9-inch notched piece, 1 3-inch wide piece.
2. Make the tails of the bow out of the notched 9-inch piece.
3. Make a loop out of the wide 11-inch piece.
4. Squish it flat.
5. On top of that squished loop, make a loop out of the wide 9-inch piece.
6. Squish that flat, too.
7. Accordion fold the middle to create that standard bow pleating.
8. Wrap the 3-inch piece around the middle and glue.
9. Admire your bow.
10. Attach your tails to the back.
Putting it all together:
Hot glue the two ends of the wire frame together. Puts lots and lots on.
Then, cover your gobs of hot glue with some ribbon.
Attach a loop to hang it by.
Then attach your previously made bow and hang it up.
Fill with Christmas cards.