I wanted a fun, festive way to display the Christmas cards we recieved. I found one that I liked here, that I decided to replicate. It was pretty easy to make and I had most of the components already.
What you need:
- Clothes pins
- Green Spray Paint
- Red Pony Beads
- Wire Clothes Hangar
- Hot Glue Gun
1. Spray paint the clothes pins green. I did it by laying them out on newspaper. The other article suggested clipping them to a box you don't care about. Honestly, it would have probably saved some time because I wouldn't have needed to flip the clothes pins and it might have been easier to spray the sides, but doing it my way wasn't that big of a deal.
2. Make the clothes hanger into a circle. This was probably the hardest part of the whole thing!I had to bend it out of it's hangar shape and then try to get it round. Mine isn't perfectly round nor perfectly flat, but it gets the job done.
3. String the clothes pins and pony beads on the hangar alternating. It's a little hard to see the beads, so if I were to do it again I might experiment with doing two beads between clips. However up close you can still see the red quite well.
4. Attach the two ends of the hangar. The website that I was using as a guide recommended just lining up the ends and gluing the heck out of it. However Hubby had a great idea about bending the two ends to make hooks and then looping the hooks. This alone probably would have been enough to hold it together, but just to be sure, I gluded the hooks together. It also made it so I could fit another couple of safety pins on since I didn't have to rely solely on the glue.
5. Use ribbon to make a tie from it to hang from and a bow for decoration. I used some wire ribbon I had laying around that matches the red and green.
I love that it is festive empty, but when filled with cards from our friends and family it is really fun.
P.S. This card says "It's 80 degrees and sunny somehwere" "Oh yeah, that's here! Merry Christmas there." I got this card a while back to send to our friends living in the snowy Northeast. I think it's fitting because between Hawaii and Florida we haven't had a snowy winter in many years!