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DIY Clothespin Advent Wreath (No Wreath Form Needed!)

This easy DIY clothespin advent wreath is a quick holiday craft using just a few supplies. You don’t need to buy a pre-made wreath form for this project.

We purchased glitter clothespins, but you could use natural wood clothespins or paint clothespins a color that you would like.

An advent wreath made from wrapping paper and candy canes.

This Christmas countdown wreath can be used with cards, scriptures, candies or any small item that can be clipped in the clothespin.

For candies, it is best to use a lightweight candy that has a wrapper, such as:

  • Hershey Kisses
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Gum (individually wrapped gum balls)
  • Lifesavers (individually wrapped)

Be sure to see our DIY Printable Advent Calendars for some more great ideas and cards you can print to add to this wreath!

An advent wreath made out of paper clippings.

How to Make an Advent Wreath with Clothespins


  • Wire coat hanger or thick jewelry wire
  • 24 glittered clothespins (available in packs of 12 at Hobby Lobby)
  • Jumbo jingle bells (available at Hobby Lobby and Amazon)
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Candy, cards, or other small treats
An advent wreath adorned with gold and red jingle bells.


Step 1

Twist the wire into a circular shape. 

Step 2

Thread the wire through the spring of each clothespin and the cup of each jingle bell. Create a pattern that you like, such as alternating red and green clothespins.

An advent wreath made out of clothes pegs.

When the pattern is complete, twist the wire together to secure it into a wreath shape.

An advent wreath made of red and green clothes pegs.

Step 3

On the back of the wreath, use a small amount of hot glue to secure the clothespins and bells to the wire frame so that they do not spin around the wire.

Hot glue on back of advent wreath bell.

Step 4

When the glue is dry, flip the wreath over. Tie the ribbon into a bow and attach it to the wreath at the top where the wire is twisted together.

An advent wreath made from clothes pegs and ribbon.

Step 5

Place a small treat in each clothespin. For Hershey Kisses, you can clip the paper tag in the clothespin. For other candies, clip the packaging in the pin. For cards and scripture verses, clip the paper inside the clothespin.

A festive advent wreath adorned with clothespins and candy canes.

Optional: You can add a number or date to each clothespin to help keep track of the countdown and to know which clothespin to unclip each day.

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        Make your own clothespin advent wreath with ease - no wreath form needed!

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