How to Clothespin Christmas Wreath With Grafix Artist-Tac

Use 3 great products from GRAFIX: 12 X 12 White Chipboard, Matte Adhesive Backed Computer Grafix and Artist-Tac to create this retro inspired Christmas Clothespin Wreath for the Holidays...

How to Clothespin Christmas Wreath With Grafix Artist-Tac
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Artist-Tac by Grafix is a permanent dry adhesive that's perfect for projects like this. Small pieces can be  easily adhered with no mess. Here is was used to adhere the paper to the clothespins.

Artist-Tac by Grafix is a permanent dry adhesive that's perfect for projects like this. Small pieces can be easily adhered with no mess. Here is was used to adhere the paper to the clothespins.

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Computer Grafix has a multitude of uses. It comes in Matte and Clear, with or without adhesive. Here, an image was printed on the Matte Adhesive backed film and used for the center of the wreath.

Computer Grafix has a multitude of uses. It comes in Matte and Clear, with or without adhesive. Here, an image was printed on the Matte Adhesive backed film and used for the center of the wreath.

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Grafix Chipboard comes in different colors and sizes. For this project, the 12 X 12 white chipboard was used as a base for the wreath.

Grafix Chipboard comes in different colors and sizes. For this project, the 12 X 12 white chipboard was used as a base for the wreath.

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the clothespins for this project were whitewashed: to do so, mix equal parts white acrylic paint and water in a container with a tight fitting lid

the clothespins for this project were whitewashed: to do so, mix equal parts white acrylic paint and water in a container with a tight fitting lid

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add 4-8 clothespins, depending on size of your container, then put on lid, make SURE it is secure!

add 4-8 clothespins, depending on size of your container, then put on lid, make SURE it is secure!

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cover the container with a towel and shake several times

cover the container with a towel and shake several times

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NOTE: adjust ratio of paint to water if needed, should be thin enough to coat, but thick enough to leave enough a nice wash of color

NOTE: adjust ratio of paint to water if needed, should be thin enough to coat, but thick enough to leave enough a nice wash of color

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set up a drying line for your clothespins, a piece of twine strung between 2 chairs with newspaper underneath works well

set up a drying line for your clothespins, a piece of twine strung between 2 chairs with newspaper underneath works well

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remove clothespins one at a time, shake gently to remove excess wash, clip to the twine leaving space between each pin, repeat process til all pins are done; let dry overnight

remove clothespins one at a time, shake gently to remove excess wash, clip to the twine leaving space between each pin, repeat process til all pins are done; let dry overnight

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find an image on the internet or scan one into your computer, open a new document in a publisher program, insert image and size to 6 X 6

find an image on the internet or scan one into your computer, open a new document in a publisher program, insert image and size to 6 X 6

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add a circle shape so you can crop the image

add a circle shape so you can crop the image

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position the circle so that the image is cropped right around the edge and crop

position the circle so that the image is cropped right around the edge and crop

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insert another circle, fill with a background texture and size to 8 X 8

insert another circle, fill with a background texture and size to 8 X 8

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send background backward to layer Santa image over it

send background backward to layer Santa image over it

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add a border around the santa image

add a border around the santa image

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adjust border; you want it thick enough to see easily, this will help you align the clothespins

adjust border; you want it thick enough to see easily, this will help you align the clothespins

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add a 1 1/2" circle to page

add a 1 1/2" circle to page

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fill with color

fill with color

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insert a text box

insert a text box

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add sentiment and adjust font and color as desired

add sentiment and adjust font and color as desired

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print out image and sentiment circle on Matte Adhesive Computer Grafix according to package directions

print out image and sentiment circle on Matte Adhesive Computer Grafix according to package directions

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cut out image and sentiment fairly close to outside borders

cut out image and sentiment fairly close to outside borders

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peel off a portion of the backing and slowly adhere Computer Grafix image to 12 X 12 Chipboard, smoothing with your hand to remove air bubbles as you go

peel off a portion of the backing and slowly adhere Computer Grafix image to 12 X 12 Chipboard, smoothing with your hand to remove air bubbles as you go

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cut out image and sentiment right along border

cut out image and sentiment right along border

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use a file to smooth edges

use a file to smooth edges

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repeat steps for sentiment

repeat steps for sentiment

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cut out 36 strips of printed paper slightly smaller than the width of your clothespins and about ½” to ¾” longer. the extra length will make them easier to apply to the clothespins

cut out 36 strips of printed paper slightly smaller than the width of your clothespins and about ½” to ¾” longer. the extra length will make them easier to apply to the clothespins

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arrange strips to randomize colors and patterns. Its easier to make changes here, like you see you need more red or have too many of one design type, than once papers are applied to the clothespins

arrange strips to randomize colors and patterns. Its easier to make changes here, like you see you need more red or have too many of one design type, than once papers are applied to the clothespins

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peel back one corner of the Artist-Tac cover sheet

peel back one corner of the Artist-Tac cover sheet

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then peel about 1/3 of the cover sheet back and fold down to reveal the adhesive

then peel about 1/3 of the cover sheet back and fold down to reveal the adhesive

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begin lining up your paper strips on the Artist-Tac adhesive sheet - keeping them in order to make it easier to arrange the pins later

begin lining up your paper strips on the Artist-Tac adhesive sheet - keeping them in order to make it easier to arrange the pins later

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once you have the revealed area of the Artist-Tac adhesive sheet filled up, fold the cover sheet back over them and smooth with your hand to transfer the adhesive

once you have the revealed area of the Artist-Tac adhesive sheet filled up, fold the cover sheet back over them and smooth with your hand to transfer the adhesive

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remove the strips one at a time from the Artist-Tac adhesive sheet and place on clothespins, then press all along the paper strip to secure

remove the strips one at a time from the Artist-Tac adhesive sheet and place on clothespins, then press all along the paper strip to secure

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trim off the excess paper at the end

trim off the excess paper at the end

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begin clipping the pins around the outer border of the Chipboard base; the end of each pin should line up with the inner border

begin clipping the pins around the outer border of the Chipboard base; the end of each pin should line up with the inner border

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once all pins have been added, go back and adjust position of each pin to evenly space them out, this may take a few times around

once all pins have been added, go back and adjust position of each pin to evenly space them out, this may take a few times around

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carefully turn wreath over, then press down to open each pin one at a time and add a dab of glue underneath to secure it to the Chipboard base; let glue set

carefully turn wreath over, then press down to open each pin one at a time and add a dab of glue underneath to secure it to the Chipboard base; let glue set

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to make hanger, cut a 2 1/2" circle from leftover Chipboard

to make hanger, cut a 2 1/2" circle from leftover Chipboard

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punch 2 holes, one at the center of each side

punch 2 holes, one at the center of each side

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thread the ends of a 12" piece of ribbon up from the back through each hole

thread the ends of a 12" piece of ribbon up from the back through each hole

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knot ribbon at front and pull it tight towards the back

knot ribbon at front and pull it tight towards the back

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glue hanger on the back, just below clothespins at center top of chipboard base; let glue set

glue hanger on the back, just below clothespins at center top of chipboard base; let glue set

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apply 3D squares to back of sentiment

apply 3D squares to back of sentiment

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adhere at left of santa

adhere at left of santa

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and you are all done!

and you are all done!

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and you are ready to hang your wreath to add some bright retro flair to your holiday decor!

and you are ready to hang your wreath to add some bright retro flair to your holiday decor!

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I hope you enjoyed this project. You can find more projects using products by Grafix on their website and blog: www.grafixarts.com You can find me at www.tamisanders.com

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