Advent Clothespin Wreath
12" wire wreath frame
50-55 traditional wooden clothespins
Red craft paint
1 or 2 decorative wooden shapes (we used snowflakes)
Red and silver ribbon for a bow
Start by painting your clothespins bright red with regular craft paint.
Then use a silver marker to write numbers 1 through 24 on the clip end of 24 of the clothespins.
Clip the clothespins onto the wreath, alternating between numbered ones and solid red ones. You should have a gap left that you can fill with four or five solid red clothespins. That's okay, these will be at the top and will look fine.
Apply glue to the tips of the numbered clothespins and to the entire surface of the solid red ones. Then sprinkle liberally with some silver Crafty Chica Glitter. Ooh, so pretty!
Now take one or two decorative wooden shapes and paint and glitter them however you like. You can then add words to them if you like, such as your family's last name and the year. We chose to put "Christmas Means" on them, since this wreath is going to remind us of all the things Christmas means to us.
Tie a bow with the coordinating ribbon on top of the wreath. The wire frame makes this so easy to do!
The wreath is now done and ready to hang on the door. The fun part, though, is using it. It is an advent calendar, after all, so every day from December 1 through 24th, gather your family together and come up with something that Christmas means to you. Then use a silver pen to write that on the clothespin for that day. By the time Christmas comes around, you'll have a great collection of things that will remind you of the spirit of the season and how blessed you really are.
This craft is reprinted courtesy of ChicaandJo.com.
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