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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.


Embroidery Hoop Decor 3

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Budget Tip of the Day: Embroidery Hoop Bulletin Board

Ok this is a little bit of deja vu from the foam core bulletin board frames I posted about last week.  You can make the same thing using an embroidery hoop instead of a picture frame.  The process is almost the same for both.

Here is what I did.

Use the inside hoop to trace a circle on the foam core.   Cut it out using an x-acto knife or razor cutter.  You want the foam core to fit very snug inside the hoop.  I also spray painted my hoop white before I started.

Lay your fabric on top of the inner hoop and place the outside hoop on top.  Press the outside hoop down around the fabric and inner hoop and tighten.  Insert your foam core circle by pressing it in through the back.  Use some fabric glue around the edges for added security.  I did not use spray adhesive (like I did on the frames) to attach the fabric to the foam core because the hoop holds the fabric very tight.

Either cut off all the excess fabric, or wrap it around the hoop and secure to the back with glue or tape.

That’s it!!  Have fun displaying all your stuff.

Come back tomorrow for a new embroidery hoop decor tip.  I am so excited to show you this next one!

Embroidery Hoop Decor 2

Budget Tip of the Day: Embroidery Hoop Art

Embroidery hoops can easily double as a picture frame.  They can be used to create some inexpensive artwork for any space.   Start by spray painting your hoops or leave them as is.  Pop in some fabric and you’re done.  You could create one large hoop to stand on its own, or a grouping of smaller hoops using different coordinating fabrics.   I had a bunch of leftover fabric after decorating my nursery.  I used it to make this grouping on some empty wall space in that room.  I spray painted the hoops white and then cut my fabric to size.  You don’t need a lot of fabric, so this project would be a great way to use up all those leftover fabric scraps.

Here are a few more inspiration pics to get those wheels turning.

Image via Apartment Therapy

Image via Spotlight

Image via Ohdeedoh

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Embroidery Hoop Decor

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Budget Tip of the Day:  Bag Opener

I have been collecting embroidery hoops over the past couple months to make my embroidery hoop mobile that I featured last week.  I didn’t need as many as I thought I would, and now I have a lot left over.  I thought this would be the perfect challenge for this weeks tips to see what I could make out of them.  I found all of mine at the thrift store for fifty cents to one dollar a piece.  If you can’t find any there, they are still very inexpensive to buy at any fabric or craft store.  I can’t wait to show you the many uses of these hoops this week.

Here is a very practical way to put an embroidery hoop to good use.  Simply use it to keep a bag that you frequently use open.  Just place the bag around the outer hoop and secure it in place with the inner hoop.  I used this one here for our sports ball bag that we keep in our garage.  I’m constantly in and out of it, and it gets old having to use the drawstring so many times.  Now I can easily grab something out and toss it back in.  My boys also think this is a fun way to play basketball.  Another great use would be to use the embroidery hoop on a laundry bag.  If you don’t have much floor space for a hamper, a laundry bag might be the perfect thing to hang on the back of a bedroom or laundry room door.  Use the hoop to keep it open for easy access when you need to toss your clothes in.

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