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Fourth of July DIY: Make an easy clothespin wreath

Dress up the door, touch up the tablescape, this Fourth of July DIY is the perfect project! Just three supplies and you’re good to go!

Bethany Sinks shares how to make this patriotic clothespin wreath, and a garland to go with it!

Get more fun ideas from Bethany on Instagram, @shiplapaddict


How to Make a Patriotic Clothespin Wreath


  • One 12-inch metal wreath frame.  Like this one:
  • 100-150 clothespins (The number of clothespins will depend on the size of your wreath. Our 12″ wreath used about 140 clothespins.)
  • Red, white and blue spray paint
  • 10 wooden stars
  • Hot glue gun
  • String or ribbon for hanging the finished wreath

Spray paint the clothespins red, white and blue.  Tip:  To paint many at one time, clip them to the flaps of cardboard boxes.

Spray the wire wreath white.

Spray paint the stars white.

Once everything is dry you can start clipping the clothes pin to the wire wreath 3 at a time.

Make sure to alternate between red and white for the “stripes” and then add a section of blue clothespins where the stars go. When clipping the clothespins on your wreath alternate the height of where you are clipping them on so some are clipped lower than others.

After that you can hot glue the white stars onto the blue clothespins anywhere you would like.

Hang with beautiful festive ribbon.


How to Make 4th of July String Lights

Step 1: Inflate balloons so they are about four inches in diameter, and tie a knot at the opening. Make sure you use 5-inch balloons, as the smaller size will give you a more rounded shape.

Step 2. Rub petroleum jelly on the surface of the inflated balloons. The jelly will help prevent the yarn from sticking to the balloons.

Step 3: Mix two parts glue to one part water in a bowl or shallow pan. Regular white household glue is all you need. Do not worry about measuring the glue and water exactly. Stir the glue mixture until it is smooth and even.

Step 4: Wrap the yarn around your fingers about 40 times.

Step 5: Soak the yarn in the glue mixture, using your fingers to make sure that the glue completely covers the yarn. Keep the yarn in a loop so it does not tangle.

Step 6: Tie one end of the yarn loosely around the top of the balloon, and then start winding the yarn around the balloon. Have the yarn criss cross in different directions. When you reach the end of the yarn loop, tuck the end under another piece of yarn. Then rub the entire surface with more of the glue mixture to make sure the yarn is completely covered.

Step 7: Let dry.  Tie a string between two chairs with jute so that you can hang the balloons with clothes pins to dry. Be sure to lay plastic bags or newspaper underneath in case it drips. Allow to dry for 18-24 hours.

Step 8: Pop the balloons, and remove them.

Step 9: Find an opening in the yarn ball just large enough to insert the bulbs of your string lights, and secure the yarn ball with a piece of wire or pretty ribbon so they don’t fall off. Alternate the colors. It’ll be so pretty and fun for the 4th of July!!!

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