Embroidery Hoop Glam

I love how some of the most simple items can be turned into something glam and gorgeous with just a bit of glitter and glue. Take, for example, the humble embroidery hoop and clothespin. I saw this sweet fall wreath over at Budget Wise Home and fell in love with it's simplicity.

Seriously, who would have imagined something like this from cardboard, clothespins and an embroidery hoop with some wood stain and a bit of satin ribbon to snazzy it up? So....I started thinking about all of the clothespins that I have left over from another project (to be revealed at a later date) and an embroidery hoop and cardboard and realized I had the beginnings of my own wreath and since Christmas will be here before we know it (YIKES!) I started playing around with that in mind. And, the great thing about this project is that it's amazingly inexpensive to make and, except for the clothespins which can be picked up for just a couple of dollars, you probably already have everything you'll need on hand.

Here's what I used:

Mod Podge
Liquid Fusion
2 sheets of scrapbook paper (1 12-inch piece is enough if you just want one color)
Martha Stewart glitter (aquamarine crystal and white gold)
Craft Smart acrylic paint in ivory
8-inch wooden embroidery hoop (the inside piece)
Exacto knife
Charcoal gray ink pad
Ribbon (optional)
Glittered snowflake cookie cutters (optional)

Just follow these instructions, they're the ones I used and they're really straight forward and easy to follow. I have no idea why I chose these colors because I have absolutely nothing in my house that coordinates with them; I did, however, have all of the embellishments for them so there it is. I'm sure you've been in the same place before....

I cut out my cardboard circle and painted it ivory.

Then I covered the embroidery hoop with Mod Podge inside and out and sprinkled glitter all over it which gets a bit messy and leaves you looking like Sparkle Shimmer Barbie! When both were dry, I fit the cardboard over the hoop.

Then I just started working on the clothespins. I covered most of them with papers (just on the front side) which I inked all around the edges for a distressed look and some with glitter (with the glittered clothespins, I first covered them with paper then a coat of Mod Podge and then I dipped them in the glitter). I ended up using 61 but you might use less depending on how close together you want yours to be.

When all of the cardboard was covered I added knotted bits of silver ribbon, edges burned to stop fraying and distress, and two glitter-covered snowflake cookie cutters that I had left over from something else I was playing with.

Once everything was in place, I used the Liquid Fusion to glue down the snowflakes and then each clothespin and I'd like to paint the back of each pin with some silver paint and give them a coat of Mod Podge for protection. I still have to look for some ribbon to hang it with ~ don't have the perfect one right now.

What a way to glam up the holiday though, right? Love it!

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  1. this is fabulous. i have some leftover clothespins and a jar of Modge Podge i just bought. I've never used Modge Podge before... i don't know why, but it's a little intimidating to me. maybe for this project, i'll get over my fear.

  2. No way!! i can't believe this gorgeous wreath is made out of glitter, cardboard, and clothespins. It's AWESOME!!
    I'd love for you to stop by and visit my fun giveaway going on right now;0)

  3. This is so cool. I can't wait to try this. I like the cookie cutter snowflakes!

  4. Very cool. You did a great job.

  5. Thank you, thank you for posting this! I have the stuff to make the wreath with the doll pins, but I was thinking it would look awesome to do one just like yours! I just didn't know how to go about covering the pins with scrapbook paper.

    ~ The Speckled Dog

  6. oh i love this wreath! what a great idea! i am actually getting together with girlfriends in november to have some wine and make wreaths. i think i am going to make this one! i hopped over from a little lovely.

  7. I love your version of the wreath...I'm a sucker for teal colors...soooo pretty!

  8. Goodness... so simple yet lovely! What a cool idea!


  9. It is beautiful! I love the snowflakes! THanks for linking up to Show and Tell Saturday!

  10. this is seriously adorable! visiting from tatertots and jello

  11. I have a gazillion clothes pins from when our Dollar Store closed and they were like 100 for $.25. Thank you for knowing why I bought them! The cookie cutter idea is fabulous. Came from the Sunday Showcase at Under the Table...

    Following you now too!

  12. So cute, I think this is one project I could actually do. Thanks for the great pictures and tutorial.

  13. i'm so glad that all of you are finding inspiration from this little 'ole wreath! it really is a snap to make....maybe a bit time consuming depending on how much you want to embellish, but over all very easy. i'm already thinking of another one...

  14. This is so cute!


  15. Super cute and creative. I really like your additions of craft paper and glitter.

  16. I love it, too! It's so cute. Great job!

  17. Stopping by via Cottage Instincts. Such a simple idea and yet so nice. I like your choice of colours, too - a bit different but very classy.

  18. thats cool! i love all the glitteriness!


  19. Thank you for sharing this wonderful wreath. Leonardo da Vinci said it best: Simplicity is the ultimate in sophistication.

    First time to your sweet blog via MI4M but I will be returning.


  20. I absolutely love that. I love the colors you chose and the glitter is perfect. The cookie cutters are inspired. Did I mention I like it?

  21. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! (I have a feeling this is going to pick up where the "ornament wreath" of 2009 left off!) Fabulous job. I know I can't wait to make one! New follower here...can't wait to see more!

  22. Beautiful!!! And so simple!! Although it does sound time consuming...but so far every wreath I've made has been. ;)

  23. LOVE this idea....anything with glitter is good with me!....so clever. I'll be whipping one up.

    Warm blessings,

  24. This is so adorable and so chic. Love how it is made, I can't wait to try it. I also love your original inspiration.

  25. How cool is that!?! I love that something so beautiful is made from something so everyday and inexpensive!! :>

  26. That is gorgeous! I'm thinking I could do something similar with my two year old- let her paint the clothespins and clip them on- a perfect Christmas gift for her grandparents!

  27. Truly excellent, what a creative mind! I can totally see this done as piano keys for my musical genius sister, or centered with a round mirror. You have sparked my imagination, thank you for that. Just wonderful!

  28. Just stopping by again to let you know I featured this today! :)


  29. I made a halloween wreath following your directions! http://pepperscraps.com/2010/10/halloween-wreath

  30. Embroidery is a type of decorative needlework that uses various stitches to create designs on fabric and your embroidery is so awesome.


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