Are you ready to decorate for Easter? I am! It means that it is officially spring time and I’m definitely ready for that!! Instead of a “normal” wreath, I wanted to do something a little bit different this year. The clothespin Easter wreath was perfect! I used all items that I bought at my local dollar store! That makes this not only super easy, but super affordable as well! I used Easter egg dye to color the clothespins and I think they turned out really cute! Want to hear more about how I made my clothespin Easter wreath? Let’s get started!
- Clothespins (I used about 123 clothespins)
- A wreath frame (mine was 14 inches, but they come in various sizes)
- Easter egg dye (I used 3 tablets per color, so 3 egg dye kits. You can also add some food coloring if you want a more vibrant color.)
- Buckets or bowls for dyeing clothespins
- Vinegar and water for Easter egg dye (refer to the specific directions of your dye kit)
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Pipe cleaners/fishing line/string to hang eggs with
- Ribbon to hang wreath
Dyeing the clothespins
- I used 6 different containers, one for each color
- After mixing the dye according to the package directions, add your clothespins to the dye solution
- Make sure all the clothespins are covered in the dye solution. Mine floated a little bit, so I just pushed them down as best I could
- Use a stick or something to stir them around occasionally
- Let the clothespins stay in the solution for a couple of hours. The picture below shows the clothespins after about an hour. It wasn’t enough time, yet. I also didn’t love how the red and the purple were looking, so I added some food coloring to those colors to really bring out the color in them. It helped a lot!
- Once you’re happy with how much color the clothespins absorbed, remove them from the dye solution and lay them out so that they can start to dry.
- They took quite a long time to dry fully, so make sure that they are spread out and flip them over a few times so that all sides can dry.
- The color really started to pop once they were dry!
Time to assemble your clothespin Easter wreath!
- There are many possible ways to clip the clothespins onto the wreath frame. It all depends how you want it to look! This is how I liked it best.
- I used 3 rows of clothespins on the wreath frame. I attached the first two rows at the same time and then went back and added the third row.
- The first row of clothespins will be attached to the inner two bars on the wreath frame
- The second row will be on the 2nd and 3rd bars of the wreath frame
- Attach a clothespin to the first row, then attach one to the second row. Continue this alternating pattern the entire way around the wreath.
- Use whatever color pattern you want or make it completely random. Be creative! 🙂
- Try to keep the clothespins as close to each other as possible. This will help hide the wreath frame and keep the wreath looking full.
- After I finished the first two rows, I had lots of clothespins left and the wreath wasn’t as full as I’d like. So, I added the third row.
- Attach clothespins to the last remaining bar of the wreath frame. It’s hard to see in the picture, but the last row is the orange clothespin that sticks up slightly higher than the rest!
Add the ribbon to the wreath
- You need some way to hang your wreath. I used ribbon.
- Place one end of the ribbon on the top bar in between two clothespins. This will be on the top of the wreath.
- Tie a knot tightly to secure the ribbon to the bar.
- Do the same thing with the other end of the ribbon. My two knots are about 6 clothespins apart.
- This will create a loop that will hang on the hook or wreath hanger.
Now, it’s time to decorate!
- I used plastic Easter eggs to decorate mine, but you can use a bunny or a chick or whatever you’d like in the middle of your wreath!
- To use Easter eggs, you will attach pipe cleaners, string, or fishing line to the egg first.
- I put pipe cleaners through the little holes at the top of the egg.
- Twist the pipe cleaner ends together so that it looks like one strand.
- Use the first row of clothespins to hold the end of the pipe cleaner and secure the eggs to the wreath.
- Add as many or as little eggs as you like! This is how it looks with 3 eggs. I ended up using 5 eggs on my wreath.
Ta Da! The clothespin Easter wreath is all done!
- Once you have as many eggs as you want or have otherwise decorated it, you are done! How cute is that?!
- Go hang your clothespin Easter wreath for all to enjoy and welcome Easter and spring 🙂