O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, You Are Made of Clothespins!
I am sure you, like me, have been busy decking the halls with festive adornment! I am hoping to have a Christmas Home Tour ready for you soon but until then let me introduce you to a lovely little project sure to brighten up the laundry room!
I don’t know about you but my laundry room pulls triple duty. It is not only the laundry room but a mudroom and the casual side entrance to our home. A few years ago we began updating the room – hoping to create a functional mudroom/laundry room and not scare friends off when they approach the side door.
have to be honest and tell you it isn’t perfect all the time, I mean I have kids and laundry and dirt… BUT it doesn’t take long at all to whip it into shape now thanks to all the extra cabinets we had installed and all the pretty organization.
Now I am excited! For the first time… the room will have a little Christmas cheer! This project came together quickly. Simplicity at its best.
Let's get started!
Clothespins (I bought two sizes and went with the larger ones)
Styrofoam hot glue
Low temp glue gun
Container for your tree (I used a pencil holder from Target)
Styrofoam for container
Filler for container
Glue the clothespins to the styrofoam cone. I only glue the top section to the cone, allowing the pins to flare. I also chose to begin my first row by allowing an “overhang”. I like being able to “see through” the bottom once it was put together.
Continue gluing clothespins. Stagger the clothespins as you work your way around. I found it easier to keep the clothespins straight once the cone was on the dowel rod and secured in the container. *make sure you squeeze the wire spring so it sits in the groove created on the pin. This will help you with lining up the pins. If you have a space that it too small for a clothespin or too big to let it go without (It happened to me) pull a part a clothespin and glue just one side. Wiggle it into the spot, it may stick out slightly but once the tree is completed- you barely notice it.
Allow a bit of room at the top of the cone for the ribbon tails and loops.
Glue your ribbon to the top of the cone and cut it to the length you desire. I added ribbon tails all the way around the tree. Yes, I do get caught up watching the Hallmark Christmas movies (that’s what is on the ol’tube), I just love all their sappy wonderful happy endings. Oh, and pardon the mess in the background- lots of decor going up around here!
You can leave the tails as is or you can fold in half and cut on an angle to create a fishtail end. Forgive my lack of polish.
Make a loopy bow for the top and secure with floral wire
Add your filler to the container - use a little low temp glue to secure. I used a straw filler and trimmed any unruly pieces.
I added a little ribbon around the container for grins. I had so much fun creating this little project. I am now on the hunt for a great old coffee can or detergent canister as a container, how darling would that be?
Hope you make one or three or hey, give ’em as gifts if you would like. Everyone should have one right?!?
And… for more Christmas Inspiration, check out the Home for Christmas Blog Hop hosted by Hometalk.com and Countryliving.com. Let me warn ya, you are going to LOVE it! Grab a cup of cocoa and enjoy! I am excited to click away at all the Christmas merriment!