Your child can create this amazing Valentine's Day clothespin heart wreath and use it as decoration or as a present. Kids of all ages can make this and the result is wonderful. This is a very cheap project that you might already have all the materials for in your home.
Check out the steps (with pictures) above so your child can make their own Valentine's Day clothespin heart wreath.
Begin by gathering your materials. You will need a wire hanger, clothespins (around 34 for a small heart as pictured or twice that much for a full sized heart), paintbrushes, red paint, white paint, 3 cups and pink paint if you have it. If you don't have pink paint, just mix red and white.
Optional: pliers to help bend the wire hanger
Shape the heart
Take the wire hanger and hold it in the middle (below the hook) and pull it down to make the bottom angle of the heart. Next, begin to shape the upper curves of the heart until you have shaped it to your liking.
Re-shape the heart
If you want to make a smaller heart or if you don't have enough clothespins for a full sized heart, you can re-shape the heart so it is smaller. Pull the left and right sides of the wire down to form a smaller point (the bottom of the heart). You will have excess wire below the point of the heart. Take this excess wire and reshape it up into the sides of the heart. This is where pliers come in handy so you can make sharper bends.
Keep on working on it until it is flat and the wire is shaped to your liking.
Also, take the hook of the heart and curve it under so you create a loop.
Set up the working area
Line your table with newspaper or trash bags that were cut open. Pour each color of paint into the three cups. Mix your pink paint if you need to mix it. Be sure to add more white than red for a shade that really contrasts well with the red and white.
Designate one brush for each of the colors so the paint doesn't get mixed.
Instruct your child to begin painting all of the clothespins. Instruct them to paint 3 of the 4 sides of the clothespin. You don't need the back painted since it will be up against a door or wall.
Your child will need to paint the sides and one of the front pieces of the clothespin. To illustrate which side I am explaining, the picture shows one of the sides facing up.
You can show your child how the clothespin will fit onto the wire so you can see which sides need to be painted.
Instruct your child to just paint the clothespins the different colors. No need to be worried about having the same amount of each color. The randomness really makes the craft look better.
Also instruct them to paint the insides of the clothespin (the inside of where you put your fingers to pinch the pin open and close) because you will see that area when you clip it on to the wire.
Let it dry
Help your child paint some of them because there really are a lot of clothespins.
Let the clothespins dry for at least an hour before you begin clipping them onto the wire. You may want to flip them after a half hour of drying time so they dry uniformly.
Clip onto the wire
Instruct your child to begin clipping the clothespins onto the wire. Tell them to randomly choose the different colors.
When the clothespins are clipped onto the wire, be sure to clip them on so that the wire is all the way onto the clothespin as far as it will go. If you clip it onto the wire at the end where there are those little notches, the clothespin will fall down and just spin on the wire.
When your child is finished clipping all of the clothespins onto the wire, have them take a step back and re-adjust any clothespins that may not be on correctly or are too close together.
When your child is finished, hang the heart wreath up as decoration or wrap it up and give it to Mom or Grandma for Valentine's Day!