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 lot 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 I will write about it.
Or it’s just a reason to get together, eat, drink coffee, and vent 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 Kitsch, we are making:
Inspired by this:
I’d seen many versions of this wreath all over the interweb (Pinterest) and thought it would be a fun and easy to make craft for our little bitch and kitsch.
Rebecca and I will alternate months with crafts, which means she chooses a craft one month, and I pick one the next, etc..
We used Linda’s post as a reference for our clothespin wreath and purchased the following supplies:
-a metal wreath form*
Ours was only two dollars from the craft store in the floral department. I recently discovered that Dollar Tree has these as well.
Also from the craft store in the wood craft section, but you can find them at Dollar Tree too.
We aren’t doing the stain route like Linda because, unlike Linda, Rustoleum isn’t paying us to do so.
-brushes for the paint
Sometimes you can find these at Dollar Tree, but my craft store has them in the craft paint section too.
-a wire-edged ribbon
We got ours in the craft store Christmas section.
As with all of our crafts, make sure you have snacks on hand, as shown in the background, and no, this post was not sponsored by Snickers.
We (Rebecca) decided that we should paint our wreath form off-white because that was the color we were going to paint /whitewash 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 instead 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.
After painting the wreath form, we then “painted” the clothespins. By “painted” I mean not really painted, but kind of slap the color 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.
I hate that I gave a free ad to their craft store.
Once your clothespins are dry, start clipping them around the wire frame. There is some debate which row you can clip them, so experiment with it to see what you like best. After some trial and error, Rebecca and I clipped ours 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 the craft store.
Not sure how many that is at Dollar Tree, but get five since they’re only a dollar.
After you get all of your “painted” clothespins attached to the wire wreath frame, time to hang it up.
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.
So I handed my ribbon to Rebecca because she and I both know that is 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 a bow, you have yourself a cool wreath.
All in the name of self-care, too.