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Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Image via Budget Wise HomeBudget Tip of the Day: Clothespin Wreath

This vintage clothespin wreath is my favorite embroidery hoop project that I’ve done so far.  It is super easy to make, cheap, and very unique.  Just one trip to the craft store is all it takes to put this together.  The natural wood tone makes it a perfect wreath to adorn your door this fall.

  • Here is what you’ll need:
  • Embroidery Hoop (inner ring only)
  • Vintage Clothespins or Doll Pins
  • Cardboard
  • Glue Gun

I used an 8 inch hoop and needed about 43 clothespins to cover the entire circle.  This will help give you an idea of how many clothespins to buy at the craft store.  A 20 pack at Roberts was $2.99.  The embroidery hoop was a 50 cent thrift store find.

Start by tracing the outside of the hoop on a piece of cardboard.

Then draw another circle about a half inch wider around your traced circle.

Cut the circle out.

Slide the cardboard circle over the outside of the hoop.  It should be very snug.

Now it’s time to glue on the clothespins.  Place some glue on the inside slot as well as the bottom of the clothespin where it will come in contact with the hoop.  Press into place and continue all the way around.

Here it is almost half way done.  When you get near the end with about 5-6 more pins to glue on, stop and figure out how many more will actually fit.  I had to space the last 5 out just a bit to make it look even.

Here she is all glued together.

I decided to keep the wood look (shocking, I know!) instead of using spray paint.  You can paint it whatever color you like, but I chose to keep it simple with a natural wood stain.  I applied one coat using a brush and let it dry overnight.  If you want a glossier finish, just spray on some high gloss enamel once the stain is completely dry.  That’s it!

I can’t decide whether to hang this on the inside (red door) or outside (black door), so I took a few pictures of it on both.

So what do you think?  Red door or black door?

Come back tomorrow for one last  embroidery hoop decor idea.