By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Turn a humble clothespin into a sweet Christmas ornament with a little paint, and some craftiness!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Spring clothespins
- Acrylic craft paint: white, brown, red, pink, and black
- Felt scraps
- Pom Pom by Accent Design 3/8 in. Multi 100pc.
- Chenille Stems by Accents Design 3 mm x 12 in. Multi 25 pc.
- Small round paintbrush
- Small flat paintbrush
- Wire cutters, or old scissors to cut chenille stems
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Doodlebug Doodle Twine 20 yd. Ladybug
To begin, paint your clothespins brown for gingerbread men, and white for snowmen. Let dry.
On the top part of the clip, not the ends you pinch together, use your small round brush to paint two pink dots for cheeks. Let dry.
Using your small round brush again, paint a smile on your gingerbread men, and paint a “coal” smile of dots on your snowmen. Let dry.
Paint white dots down the front of the gingerbread men for frosting buttons, and black dots down the front of the snowmen for coal buttons.
Paint white frosting squiggles on the neck and foot area of your gingerbread men.
Cut narrow strips of felt (about 3/8″x 4″), and cut fringe on each end.
Tie loosely into a knot around the neck of each snowman–test to make sure the clip will still open, then glue the loose end over the knot to hold the scarf in place. Cut a short length of orange chenille stem, and use the hot glue to adhere it on the face to be the carrot nose.
To make ear muffs, cut small length of chenille stem, and bend it into a “u.” Glue it onto either side of the head, be sure to only glue it to the front clip, don’t glue your clip together! Glue a pom-pom over each end.
Tie a small length of red and white twine around the neck of each gingerbread man–like the snowman’s scarf, be sure you don’t tie it so tight that you can’t pinch the clip open.
Now clip your cute ornaments to your Christmas tree branches!
Or clip them onto Christmas gifts, or onto bags of Christmas cookies that you’re giving away this season.
Make a bunch of clippy ornaments, and use them to hold your Christmas cards onto a ribbon to display them.