School's out for the summer and it's all about fun in the sun in eastern North Carolina.

 Give your front door a ray of sunshine with this yellow and orange clothespin wreath. It's a great way to recycle those wooden clothespins in the laundry room. (Does anyone have a clothesline any more?)

 And it's an easy project for the kids, who may already be whining that they're bored! The creator of this wreath suggests making it a Summer Bucket List by writing activities on the back of each large clothespin with a black ink pen (like "Run through the sprinkler," "Have a lemonade stand," "Roast marshmallows," "Go to the movies" ...). Pick a clothespin at random and turn it over to view the suggested activity. (Mark off the suggestion on the clothespin when the activity is completed, so you won't repeat them.)

Summer Clothespin Wreath

Supplies

  • Orange and yellow acrylic craft paint
  • 2 foam craft brushes
  • Yellow or orange cotton rickrack trim
  • Metal wreath frame
  • 52 Clothespins (use 26 large and 26 small, if available)
  •  Craft glue (or glue gun with glue sticks)

Directions

 Paint the wreath frame with three coats of orange acrylic craft paint, letting dry paint dry completely between coats. (You may spray paint the frame instead, if you prefer.)

 Clip the clothespins to the wreath form across the outside two rings of the wreath form so they are secured in place and won't slide along the wreath form. (Alternate between large and small clothespins.)

 Use a foam brush to paint just the top of each clothespin, alternating between orange and yellow. (Paint the orange ones yellow and the small ones orange.)

Wrap a length of yellow rickrack around the inside two rings of the wreath to form a zigzag pattern and secure the end with a dab of glue.

 Hang the wreath with a piece of rickrack.

 -- www.fun365.OrientalTrading.com 


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