Clothespin Rocking Chair Crafts

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Clothespin Rocking Chair Crafts
Wooden clothespins can be used to make a small model rocking chair. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Clothespin rocking chairs make cute gifts or accessories for doll houses. They are simple to make since they use such easy to find supplies. They also lend themselves to unique embellishment between crafters who might add more pegs for flourishes or a small handmade cushion to rest on the rocking chair's seat.

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Supplies

There aren't many supplies needed to make a clothespin rocking chair. The obvious one is the clothespins. These will need to be wooden clothespins, all the same size and shape. They must be the clothespins with the spring in the middle, not the old-fashioned clip clothespins. You'll need 23 of these pins for the chair itself; however, you'll want extra to clamp to other pins while the glue dries. You'll also need clear glue to glue the pins together.

Preparation

The most important step is separating the clothespins and springs. This should leave you with the spring and two wooden sticks for each clothespin you separate. The next step is optional as you may want to do it after the clothespin rocking chair is assembled or you may choose not to do it at all. You can paint or stain all the clothespin so that it looks more decorative once it is assembled.

Rockers

The rockers are the curved pieces on the bottom of the chair that allow it to rock. These are made by reversing a clothespin. This means gluing two of the half-pegs back together, the flat sides against each other instead of the clip side. Do this with four pegs. Clamp them together while they dry. Attach them together by connecting them with one more half-peg glued to the bottom.

Seat and Back

The seat is made of eight half-pegs glued together side by side. The back is made by tessellating half-pins on each side of the chair. This means having two end to end, and one connecting the two and facing the other direction. These are connected by a top and bottom brace which are made from two half-pegs facing the same direction.

Assembly

Use half pegs to attach the seat to the rockers like legs. These pegs should go slightly higher than the seat if you plan to create arms for the chair. Once the seat has glued to the legs and rockers, attach the back by gluing it both at its connection to the legs and its connection to the seat. You may want to add a brace between the legs for added stability.

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