Christmas Advent calendar clothespin wreath
With Thanksgiving behind us, as we are munching on the leftovers from our family meals, we are starting to think more about Christmas. One of our favorite ways to count down to Christmas is with an advent calendar, and this year I decided to make a Christmas advent calendar based on our popular Thanksgiving clothespin wreath.
The first thing I did was to paint about 50-55 traditional wooden clothespins a bright red.
Then I used a silver marker to write numbers 1 through 24 on the clip end of 24 of the clothespins.
When they were dry, I clipped the clothespins onto a 12″ wire frame wreath, alternating between numbered ones and solid red ones. If you find that your clothespins don’t quite fill the wreath (mine didn’t), just fill in with solid ones. It’ll look fine if you just leave this area at the top, or cover it with a bow.
Then, to really add some sparkle, I added glitter! I applied glue to the tips of the numbered clothespins and to the entire surface of the solid red ones, then sprinkled liberally with some silver glitter. Ooh, so pretty!
I tied a big bow in coordinating ribbon, and attached it to the top of the wreath.
As a final touch, I picked out two decorative wooden snowflakes and trimmed them with glitter.
I added the words “Christmas means…” to the snowflakes, and hung them in the middle of the wreath. This represents what the advent calendar symbolizes to my family. Each day, we will decide on something that Christmas means to us, and we’ll write it on one of the clothespins. What a fun and meaningful way to count down the days until Christmas!
And besides, just look how gorgeous this thing looks on the front door!