I've got a project to share with you today for Halloween. It might be a little late to get one done yourself for the big night next weekend, but you can certainly use the idea and turn it into a Christmas or winter wreath here in a few weeks. There's still plenty of time for that! I'll be making one or a few myself and I'll be sure to share those with you when I do.
For years, I have seen projects on Pinterest making wreaths out of colored clothes pins. Never had time for all that. It would require me to bust out the paint to color those clothes pins and that didn't really appeal much to me. But then Betsy put out her Halloween and Christmas Pin Up Kits, which included handy little dies to cut paper to perfectly fit medium size clothes pins and I could finally put all that wonderful Pinterest inspiration into action. And while I was at it, I could add some great felt accents to my wreath from my line of stitching dies. YAY!
Covering the clothes pins was incredibly easy and didn't take much time at all. I used four sheets of patterned paper. There's Canyon Clay Gingham, Orange Zest Stripe, Terracotta Tile Bitty Dot, and Harvest Gold Polka Dot patterned papers. I used a total of 3/4 a sheet each. So for less than fours sheets of paper, I was able to cover 62 clothes pins. The clothes pins are from Walmart and are the Mainstay brand. Used a little over a pack to complete this project.
I even seized opportunity with the glue. I bought a bunch of school glue on clearance at Target in September. Paid like $0.17 a bottle. Used a sponge brush to apply the glue to the clothes pin, and then hot glued the clothes pins onto a chipboard wreath I bought at Hobby Lobby on sale for $.2.00. This really was pretty inexpensive to put together. This phase of the project took me just a hour or so on a Sunday afternoon at the kitchen island. I was able to be in the middle of all the football madness, but happily occupied with something that made me happy.
It took me awhile to come up with how I wanted to decorate this wreath. I stitched BOO into the Tag Sale #1 Die using the Cross Stitch Alphabet. The nice big size really stands out, as does the white stitching against the True Black cardstock. The clothes pins still open, so it was easy to position the tags. They are just being held by the pins.
I did know I wanted to use the Beaded Star from the Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit. And after making my Fall Bowl Filler, I fell love with the black and grey polka dotted pumpkin star. The Terracotta Tile Pumpkin Face against the black and grey just charms me. So I needed to add him in. But the two stars on the side that I wanted to join him? That was what had me scratching my head for the perfect solution for a week or so.
Luckily, the solution came to me. Black and white gingham stars with a felt design created by the Stitched Medallion 1 die. LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out. And what a nice fit. Both the Stitched Medallions and the Seasonal Stitches: Pumpkin Face fit nicely on the star from the Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit. Proofs in the pudding.
In case you want to try this all out yourself and are just stumbling on this blog post, here's some helpful links for you.
- Using Heat N' Bond to prepare fabric to be cut with stitching dies.
- The original Beaded Holiday Stitch Kit informational post. You'll see more projects, get links to instructional videos, and learn about what else is included in the kit.
If you are interested in adding the kit to your crafting arsenal, it is still available. Not only do we have instructional videos to help you create perfect projects, but the kit comes with step-by-step instructional PDF's that you can print out and use as reference. And if you need any more help, I'll be available on the PTI forum to give you a hand. We support you each step of the way with the PTI Stitching Dies.
I'm planning on making more clothes pins wreaths here in the not so distant future for the holidays. Both the Stitched Mitten and Stitched Stocking included in the Beaded Holiday Kit would look darling instead of the stars to make it more seasonally appropriate. And just another way to get some use out the kit. So many fun ideas.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see some wreaths that you make soon.