Clothespin Wreath for Christmas Cards

Clothespin Wreath for Christmas Cards - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

With Christmas coming there are sure to be Christmas cards in the mail soon. When they come I’m going to be ready! I made a wreath with clothespins to display all the fun cards.

I have many embroidery hoops laying around so I glued my clothes pins to the inner ring of my embroidery hoop.
It worked out fine and the clothespins feel secure, but I don’t think this will stay together in storage.

I was thinking a better solution for this wreath would be to clip the clothes pins onto a wire form wreath. That would definitely last from year to year.
You could also shape a hanger into a circle and clip the clothes pins to the hanger.


Clothespins ( I used 43)
3/8″ Ribbon
Embroidery hoop, Wire Form Wreath or Hanger
Hot Glue Gun
1 1/2″ Ribbon
Candle, Fray Check or Heat Sealing Tool

First I figured out how many clothes pins would fit onto my hoop.
I decided to use about 43 clothespins.

Here are the ribbons I used:
3/8″ Green/Red Polka
3/8″ Lime Stripes
3/8″ Red
3/8″ Emerald
3/8″ Emerald with White Swiss Dots
3/8″ Apple Green with White Swiss Dots
3/8″ Red with White Swiss Dots

Out of these 3/8″ ribbons I cut strips to the size of the clothes pin.
The length of each ribbon is just a hair less than 3″.   (They are longer than 2 3/4″).

After the ribbon was cut to size I sealed each end with a candle.

Then I glued the ribbon to the face of each clothespin.

Aren’t these colors so fun!

I put a dab of glue on the hoop and pressed a clothespin over the glue.

I held each one down for at least 10 seconds.

Keep on gluing each pin around the hoop.   I had a few clothespins point inward so some cards will be displayed in the center of the hoop.

Clothespin Wreath for Christmas Cards - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I thought about using all green ribbon for the wreath (since wreaths are usually green).  Then I thought to myself “When do I follow rules?”  I’m glad I did my own thing!   I think it’s very festive!

Clothespin Wreath for Christmas Cards - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I left an empty space and glued a pinwheel bow to the hoop.
I used 1 1/2″ Holiday Super Hot Traxx Ribbon. LOVE IT!

I just LOVE Christmas and all the crafts that come with it!

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  1. Courtney {pizzazzeri
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    amazing. brilliant. I LOVE IT!

  2. Michelle Robson
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    So cute!! Do you think if you glued the pins onto the hoop with E6000 it would hold better?

    • Cherie
      Posted November 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      Yeah E6000 has a stronger, longer lasting hold. I think that would be a good idea.

  3. Barbara Barnfield
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea. Very festive, I love it.

  4. Caitlin
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Why don’t you buy a wreath keeper at the end of the season and try storing it in that…might hold up better.

  5. Michele
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    SO cute!!! What a great idea!!

  6. Sherrie Pridemore
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    had seen these painted but not done with ribbon. Love them with the ribbon! They would be awesome to do for Birthdays (diff ribbon of course) esp for those little ones and those on the other side of the hill. Make one to use for all ages or make a child one & an adult one and everyone’s cards could be displayed in such a cute way! I’d take it down and put it back up for each special occasion. i.e. if you get a lot of valentine’s 🙂

    I thought E6000 might work for a longer lasting grip, but it takes more patient’s/time to get the ribbon to stay exactly where you want it since it’s not an “instant” grip.

    Cherie~Do you know what the circumfrance and diameter of your wreath are?

    NOTE: Clothes Pins…all are not created equally…so you might want to check your lengths, just to assure your ribbon will cover the entire length of the clothes pins. I use them in Basket weaving and in bow making, and have noticed a slight diff in length.

  7. Sarita Lopez
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    That is so creative!! I’m gonna have to do this one!! Beautiful!

  8. SANJUANITA lugo
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    I’m so making this today.

  9. Lora
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    LOVE IT!! I am sooo making this!

  10. Jennifer Carnley
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Love it, I will be making this also.. 🙂

  11. Maricelda
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    could probably use it for pictures too. Luvit.

  12. Maricelda
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    am going to try it with my granddaughter’s quinceñera pics. with pink.

  13. Kelly Thompson
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    My favorite glue is “Quick Grip” in the yellow and green tube. You can get it at Wal-Mart for about $3.00 or JoAnn’s for $5.00. It acts as a super glue, yet is moveable for a few seconds after adherring. It’s flexible and permanent, and you won’t burn yourself. Clean-up with fingernail polish remover. BEST craft glue I’ve found. Would be perfect for this wonderful project. Holding for a few seconds, as directed would assure the best hold.

  14. Angela Y.
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Can you tell me what size your hoop is approximately? Thanks! Super cute idea!

  15. Crystal D
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Do you sell these yourself? I love your the best. Looked on etsy but they are not as cute as yours.

    • Posted December 9, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      Hi Crystal! Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment! We are so glad you love this fun and festive wreath! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  16. Haley
    Posted October 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for providing detailed steps!!! I want to be a crafter but never know exactly how to do things!!!:) thx

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 6, 2014 at 10:08 am | Permalink

      Hi Haley! You are so welcome. I am so glad you like this fun wreath! I think you would love making it. It is so easy and a great project for you to start on! You are going to be an awesome crafter! 🙂 Have a great day and thank you again Haley! Michelle 🙂

  17. geri
    Posted November 21, 2016 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    I used a green round wire wreath frame that I bought at walmart, threaded the clothes pins thru the wreath frame by the round metal hole in the clothes pin. that way they wont fall off from gluing

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