Clothespin Christmas Card Holder

How to make a red and green, wooden clothespin Christmas card holder | The Chilly DogMy name is Ellen, and I collect Christmas cards. I haven't thrown one away in more years than I care to admit. Strange, but true. I have always wanted to display my collection as it grows in December, but never really had a way to do that, until now.

This year I decided to make a card holder that I can hang on the wall to show off my new treasures. Clothespins seemed like a necessary material for this easy DIY project, but I think you'll be surprised at some of the other materials!

Materials


  • 18 - wooden clothespins
  • 1/8 inch wooden dowel
  • 19 - 5/8 inch diameter wooden beads
  • sawtooth picture hanger
  • hammer
  • RIT liquid fabric dye in kelly green
  • RIT liquid fabric dye in fuchsia
  • silicon adhesive
  • wire cutter or heavy duty scissors

Directions


When I was planning this project, I was stumped about how to get my clothespins and wooden beads in the colors I wanted. I thought about painting them, but it seemed like a lot of work and I wasn't sure I would be able to get the colors evenly applied. So, I took a rather unconventional approach and used fabric dye instead.

Use RIT dye to color wooden clothespins | The Chilly Dog To dye the clothespins, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add 1/2 cup of the liquid RIT dye in kelly green. Stir it up and let your clothespins soak in the mixture for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. (The longer they soak, the darker they will be.)
Use RIT dye to color wooden beads | The Chilly Dog To dye the wooden beads, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add 1/4 cup of the liquid RIT dye in fuchsia. Stir it up and let the beads soak for 30-45 minutes.
Use RIT dye to color wooden pieces Rinse the clothespins and beads with cool water until the water runs clear. Place the pieces on a wire cooling rack to dry overnight.
How to make a red and green, wooden clothespin Christmas card holder | The Chilly Dog Once all the pieces are completely dry, you can construct the card holder.

Begin by attaching the sawtooth picture hanger to one of the clothespins.
How to make a red and green, wooden clothespin Christmas card holder | The Chilly Dog Make sure that the center of the sawtooth lines up with the center of the spring in the clothes pin.
How to make a red and green, wooden clothespin Christmas card holder | The Chilly Dog Apply a bit of silicon adhesive to the end of the dowel.
How to make a red and green, wooden clothespin Christmas card holder | The Chilly Dog Slide a bead down to the end of the dowel.
How to make a red and green, wooden clothespin Christmas card holder | The Chilly Dog Twist the bead around a bit so it gets filled up with the adhesive.

Let the glue dry. (This is the step I always have a problem with because I am impatient.)

In case you are like me, I will repeat that last step. Let the glue dry.
How to make a red and green, wooden clothespin Christmas card holder | The Chilly Dog Once the glue is dry alternate sliding a clothespin then a bead on the dowel. I also alternated which direction the clothespins were facing.
How to make a red and green, wooden clothespin Christmas card holder | The Chilly Dog Once your cardholder is the desired length, slide the clothespin with the sawtooth picture hanger onto the dowel.
How to make a red and green, wooden clothespin Christmas card holder | The Chilly Dog Use a wire cutter or heavy duty scissors to trim the dowel about 1/2 inch past the last clothespin.
How to make a red and green, wooden clothespin Christmas card holder | The Chilly Dog Apply a generous amount of silicon adhesive to the end of the dowel.
How to make a red and green, wooden clothespin Christmas card holder | The Chilly Dog Slide the last bead onto the dowel and make sure it is filled with the adhesive.

Let the glue dry completely before you move your cardholder.

Once the glue is dry, hang up your card holder and start collecting your greetings.


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Easy DIY Tutorial: How to make a red and green Christmas card holder with clothespins, wooden beads, a dowel and RIT fabric dye.
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