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Unsponsored Clothespin Wreath Post

So Rebecca and I decided for the sake of humankind that we should do a craft once a month.

I’ve been transparent about self-care, about my foray into being Ma Ingalls, about me going to therapy and now you know another secret: I do monthly crafts so I don’t stab anyone while waiting in line at the grocery store.

I am seeing a butt-ton of news stories as of late about road rage, people doing weird things to random strangers, superintendents pooping on soccer fields, and I honestly feel that these people would have benefited from monthly crafting sessions.

So in our quest for getting healthier on the inside, Rebecca and I have decided that we shall craft once a month and in turn, I shall write about it.

Or it’s just a reason to get together, eat, drink coffee, and bitch/moan about life.

I feel a segment coming on.

Or a segment title.

Like, Rebecca and Kari’s Bitch and Kitsch or something.

On this episode of Rebecca and Kari’s Bitch and Kitcsch, we are making:

Inspired by this:

Clothespin Wreath Stained & Painted with Faux Driftwood Look

I first should say, I have met this blogger in person before (also a Chicago-area blogger, named Linda) at an event sponsored by Coca-Cola years ago. She is lovely and I have no reason at all not to like her but she gets the sponsored posts of my wet dreams.

I’ve been blogging for almost nine years and I can’t get Dollar Tree to tweet me back, or Rustoleum to look my way (HAVE YOU SEEN ALL OF THE SHIT I SPRAY PAINTED??), what kind of voodoo magic is Linda cooking up in her adorably styled Chicago kitchen and where in the hell can I get the recipe.

But I’m not bitter.

I’d seen many versions of this wreath all over the interwebs (Pinterest) for many a year and thought it would be a fun and easy to make craft for our little bitch and kitsch.

I should also say that Rebecca and I are alternating months with crafts, meaning she picks a craft one month, and I pick one the next, etc..

I should furthermore say that I am not sure yet if Ella will be a part of this monthly therapy craft yet because as much as I love my children since I am now homeschooling, she is a small part of the reason I am doing monthly therapy crafts to begin with, WINK WINK.

I think that’s called “conflict of interest”.

So we decided to use Linda’s post as a guide for our clothespin wreath and got the following materials:

-a metal wreath form*
(ours was only two dollars from Hobby Lobby, in the floral department and recently I discovered that Dollar Tree has these as well)

-clothespins*
(also from Hobby Lobby in the wood craft section but you can find them at Dollar Tree too)

-craft paint
(we aren’t doing the stain route like Linda because unlike Linda, Rustoleum isn’t paying us to do so BUT I AM NOT BITTER)

-brushes for the paint
(sometimes you can find these at Dollar Tree but Hobby Lobby has them in the craft paint section too)

-a wire-edged ribbon
(we got ours in the Hobby Lobby Christmas section)

*not all Dollar Tree’s have the same items, so don’t get mad at me when yours doesn’t have something. Get mad at Dollar Tree. I have their Twitter address if you’d like them to ignore you too. 

But I’m not bitter.

As with all of our crafts, make sure you also have snacks which you can see in the background and no, this post was not sponsored by Snickers.

We (Rebecca) decided that we should paint our wreath form off-white since that was the color we were painting/whitewashing our clothespins.

To be transparent, if I didn’t have Rebecca, I wouldn’t have done this step.

I also probably wouldn’t have found any of the supplies for this craft, but rather, found a really cute farmhouse-style sign that I have no room to hang in my home, some new knobs, Christmas ornaments, and a 70% off stencil for a craft I will never make.

BUT IT’S FINE. REALLY.

After painting the wreath form, we then “painted” the clothespins. By “painted” I mean not really paint but kind of slap the color kind of on the clothespin because we were going for a farmhouse-ish look which equates to messy.

Finally, a style that fits my crafting style!

Yes, I see that paint all over my fingers.

My fingers are also farmhouse style.

Duh.

Once your clothespins are somewhat dry, start clipping them around the wire frame. There is some debate as to which row you can clip them but play around with it to see what you like best. Rebecca and I clipped ours (after trial and error) to the wire closest to the middle of the wreath.

So here is where I am gonna get a little snippy with Linda.

She didn’t mention how many clothespins you will need.

While I realize there isn’t a finite number of clothespins as everyone has errors (see: me) or maybe a clothespin snafu (see: broken clothespin because Dollar Tree), but there wasn’t even an approximate number given.

But not to worry because that is where I come in!

You will need at least 59 clothespins, so two and a half full packages at Hobby Lobby.

Not sure how many that is at Dollar Tree but get five since they’re only a dollar.

Remember 59.

And I wasn’t paid to tell you that.

But I’m not bitter.

When it comes together, it is kind of exciting AND it is by this part of the craft, that the therapy has started to kick in.

Or maybe that’s the excessive coffee.

Note my farmhouse style fingers.
Here it is all done!
Oh crap, no one said there was gonna be ribbon.

 

After you get all of your “painted” clothespins attached to the wire wreath frame, time to hang it.

This is where the therapy portion ended for me because, as those who receive gifts from me know, I don’t “do” bows.

Or gift wrapping in general.

So I handed my ribbon to Rebecca because she and I both know that there will be nothing therapeutic about me trying to learn to tie ornamental ribbons.

Good friends don’t judge your bow tying skills or lack thereof.

When you’re done tying the bow, you have yourself a cool wreath.

All in the name of self-care too.

Joanna Gaines would be proud.

And maybe even Linda too.

Yeah, probably not.

I love to write about my family, John Hughes, tacos and Bruce Hornsby. Not necessarily in that order.

8 Comments

  • Mrs K @ Mrs Kringle's Kitchen

    I’m down with craft therapy and your title is brilliant! It looks so cute and I’d probably hang it on the laundry room door and giggle every time I saw it because I like obvious stuff like that and am easily amused. I can’t wait to see more of your crafting adventures in the name of good health and good Snickers. (OMG, have you tried Reese’s Outrageous bars? I could live on those things!!)

    I have a craft I need to get to soon or else the cold sweats will set in as it’s deadline related (need them for the tree) therefore it is now causing me stress instead of eliminating it. I found a tub full of lights I was going to use for a craft yesterday…3 years ago. Whoops!
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    • Kari Wagner Hoban

      OOH, I never thought to hang it in the laundry room! You are so good for me.
      I have never even heard of Reese’s Outrageous Bars! I feel like I need these in my life.

      When I am paid for a post or have deadlines, I get SO stressed out. Thank God this wasn’t one of them. 🙂

  • Mother of 3

    I love your wreath and I just LOVED this post. It made me giggle just a few times! I homeschool 3 boys so I know ALL about crafting therapy. Heck, most of the times I plan the crafts just so I can lock myself in my room and have a good reason for doing so. Pinned.

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