Clothespins can be used for a variety of Christmas crafts. There are different types of clothespins. Most people today are familiar with the wooden, spring-loaded type. Old-fashioned, also known as straight, wooden clothespins are often used to make clothespin dolls. This type of clothespin comes in different sizes and in a flat or round style. They can be bought at the local craft store.
Create a clothespin angel ornament out of old-fashioned clothespins with the round top. Paint the top of the clothespin flesh colour with acrylic craft paint. Use the head of a straight pin to paint on two eyes, a nose and a mouth. Cut a square piece of white fabric that is longer than the clothespin and wide enough to wrap around the clothespin and overlap slightly. Poke two small holes in the fabric where the angel's arms connect to the body. Cut two arms from a mini craft stick or two wooden match sticks, and insert each arm into a hole in the fabric. Carefully glue the arms to the clothespin with hot glue. Once the arms dry, glue the fabric together in the back. Add several strands of embroidery floss or yarn for hair and a piece of gold cord for a halo. Glue felt angel wings and a ribbon loop for hanging to the back of the angel.
Reindeer ornaments are a classic Christmas craft that uses three old-fashioned, flat clothespins for each reindeer. Paint the clothespins dark brown with acrylic craft paint. When they are dry, paint the legs of one clothespin black to make the reindeer's antlers. Paint the tips of the remaining clothespins black to create hooves. Tie the ends of a thin piece of gold cord together, and place the knotted end between the two clothespins that will form the reindeer's body and four legs. Glue these two clothespins together with hot glue. Glue the remaining clothespin to the body with the antlers pointing up. Glue a pair of googly eyes and a red pom-pom nose to the reindeer's face. Dip part of a small white pom-pom in the brown paint to make the tail and glue it in place once it's dry.
Christmas Card Holders
Make a fun Christmas card holder using wooden, spring-loaded clothespins. Draw or print out a picture of a cluster of holly leaves. Cut out the picture to use as a pattern. Cut several holly leaves from dark green felt. Cut three small circles from red felt---these are the holly berries. Glue the holly berries around the centre of the holly leaves with a hot glue gun. Decorate the felt holly with green and red glitter or dimensional fabric paint. Paint the clothespin dark green with craft paint to match the felt. Glue the holly to the spring-loaded clothespin. String a piece of twine or a Christmas garland across a wall in your home. Attach the Christmas cards you receive to the twine or garland with the holly clothespins. If you'd rather not use holly, you can make patterns with any of your favourite holiday symbols.
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