So here's the final outcome of my version:
Instead of using a wire hanger, like in the tutorial, I found a wire wreath round at Michaels for $2.99 + a 40% off coupon.
Then instead of single red beads, I found a 5ft fake red berry vine that was on sale (50% off $6.99)!
So I wrapped that around the inside of the wreath, then spray painted the clothespins green, attached a big red bow I got at the Dollar Store, and hung it with a red/white polka dot ribbon, that I had extra of from a previous tutu I made. It's my new fav: