How to make an upcycled clothes peg wreath

The trend for decorating our homes for special holidays is growing year on year, as just like Christmas and Easter, it is a time for relaxing with family, enjoying great food and spoiling ourselves rotten! Every year I make a wreath with the children, with a spring feel, to hang in our kitchen diner and this year we are making a clothes peg wreath using pegs that my husband bought me for Christmas (don’t ask!).

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

MATERIALS USED:

  • Wooden clothes pegs. I used 70 in total.
  • Off cuts of wallpaper. Alternatively, you could use wrapping paper
  • Washi tape (optional)
  • Cardboard, approx. 30 cm square. I used a cereal box
  • Felt squares
  • Old pieces of paper from magazines.
  • Buttons

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

  • Scissors
  • PVA glue and paintbrush
  • Colourful cottons and needle
  • Pencil
  • Dinner plate

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Step 1:

Using a pencil, draw around the clothes peg on the back of the offcuts of wallpaper. I chose three different colours of wallpaper in pastel shades.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Step 2:

Cut around the shape using scissors.

Step 3:

Using the PVA glue, stick the wallpaper shape to the front of the peg. Repeat this step for all the pegs, choosing a varied selection of patterned wallpapers.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Step 4:

If using washi tape, cut out the correct size and stick to the peg. You can fold any overhang along the sides.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Top Tip:

Choose a colour theme for your wreath, selecting papers and tapes within that scheme. I also used a plain colour to give contract to all the different patterns

Step 5:

When all pegs are covered, position them into the largest circle you can on a flat surface. Mix all the colours and patterns throughout the circle.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Step 6:

When your circle is finished, you need to measure it to see how large to make the cardboard frame. I used a dinner plate to measure it by placing it on top of the pegs. This was the right size for 70 pegs.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Step 7:

Place the dinner plate onto the cardboard and draw around with the pencil. Cut this out.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Step 8:

Position one peg onto the edge of the cut cardboard shape and roughly draw an inner circle which will sit inside the pegs grip. Cut this out so you are left with a ring shape.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Step 9:

Position all the pegs onto the ring.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Top Tip:

You may want to repeat this stage so you have two rings. Then glue these together to make a sturdier frame.

Step 10:

Either free hand or using a flower shaped cookie cutter, draw a flower shape onto another piece of card. Cut this out to make a template shape. Repeat this step making a smaller template.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Step 11:

Using the template, cut out flower shapes in different coloured felt.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Step 12:

Using the template, cut out flower shapes on old paper. I used an old ripped vintage magazine but you could use a modern newspaper or map too.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Top Tip:

This paper flower will sit on top of the felt flower so you may wish to cut it slightly smaller so you will be able to see the felt.

Step 13:

Glue the paper flower onto the felt flower.

Step 14:

Choose contrasting buttons and sew into the centre using coloured cottons.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

Step 15:

Glue the flowers into position on the peg wreath. I chose to glue them in the bottom part, off centre so I could still see the pegs.

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

This is my clothes peg wreath project for Reloved Magazine for Easter hence there being small eggs on the wreath!

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcyclingdiy

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