Inside: How to make a clothespin wreath with different variations: sunflower wreath, springtime or summer clothespin wreath, and more. Clothespin wreaths are affordable and easy to make.
I love making clothespin wreaths. They are cheap, fast, and versatile.
Here’s my favorite – a spring sunflower clothespin wreath on my red door! The instructions below are for a generic clothespins wreath. But if you’re only into sunflowers, check the sunflower wreath tutorial at the bottom.
How to make a beautiful clothespin wreath for your front door
Supplies for Clothespins Wreaths
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Below are the basic supplies. I prefer to use spray paint because it’s so incredibly fast and I don’t really have the patience to paint each individual clothespin. If painting is more your thing then that’s certainly an option and it may be cheaper too.
- 12″ or 14” wire wreath (tip – sometimes you can find these smaller wreath forms at the dollar store)
- Spray paint – 2 colors (I like hot pink and chocolate!) and a finishing coat
- Clothespins (the dollar store ones work great)
- Hot Glue & Gun (not pictured)
You will need about 60 clothespins to decorate a 14” wreath. However, a few usually get thrown out in the process or some don’t always look great so make sure to paint extra.
I buy my clothespin at the dollar store. This is great because they are cheap but it also means they are full of imperfections, so I spray paint about 10-20 extra.
Directions for Clothespin Wreath
- Start by spray painting the wire wreath the darkest of the two colors of spray paint you have. Most of the wire wreaths are green by default but easily painting the darkest color you have will allow it to fade into the background and the original color of the wreath won’t show through.
- At the same time spray paint one side of all of the clothespins.
I have a large piece of cardboard I keep in my garage just for spray painting.
3. Follow up with the sealant spray then flip and spray the other sides. When dry, spray paint with the sealant.
4. Allow to dry a few hours or overnight.
5. When completely dry it’s time to begin placing the clothespins on the wreath one section at a time. Keep the wreath so that the curve is upward. Alternating the clothespins placing them as tightly and as far down as they will go. As soon as you get to the end of a section (a green wire) then stop.
6. Barely open each one up and put a small amount of hot glue inside each one. You may not feel like this is necessary as the clothespins are on there really tight. However, I like to add this extra bit of security and it doesn’t take very long.
7. Continue around the wreath like this leaving a small opening at one end to adhere some ribbon for hanging.
Alternate: Make a Sunflower Clothespin Wreath
Follow the instructions above, except add an extra outside layer of clothespins and 2 different colors of yellow.
Don’t forget the sealant and hot glue the pins down as you go.
Here’s how it looks up close in between
more Ideas for Clothespins Wreaths
You can play around with this. Add two layers and not alternate them as I did above. Or add a monogram or embellishments.
Another idea is to not alternate clothespins. Simply lay all the clothespins on the bottom row of the wire wreath then add clothespins to another row above it.
For more examples, I created the clothespins wreaths below using an embroidery circle to place the clothespins on. I spray-painted the embroidery circle the same color as the clothespins.
I still used hot glue throughout. This technique is even faster and cheaper.