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LEARN HOW TO MAKE A FUN SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENT FROM CLOTHESPINS – GREAT FOR CHRISTMAS TREES, WINTER DECOR OR CRAFTING YOUR TIME AWAY! I TEACH YOU HOW TO MAKE THESE FUN SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS IN A FEW DIFFERENT STYLES IN THIS TUTORIAL.
It has been a tradition for me to make Christmas ornaments with my boys. Do you have any crafting traditions that you do with your children? Leave a comment below. I would love to know what traditions you share with your family.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE ORNAMENTS WE MADE LAST YEAR
- DIY Glitter Christmas Light Ornament
- Snow Globe Tutorial
- Crochet Bear Beanie Ornament
- Mini Christmas Stocking
- Paper Clip, Jute or Bakers Twine to use for the hanger
I was hoping that we would have time to make more ornaments before Christmas this year. We have been so busy with baking, wrapping the presents and decorating the inside of the house this year that we have only taken the time to make these snowflake ornaments. We haven’t even made it outside to decorate. There’s always next year, right? Fingers crossed!
MATERIALS TO MAKE SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS
- Clothespins (It takes 8 to make one snowflake)
- Glue Gun
- Glue sticks
- Mod Podge
- Acrylic Paint
HOW TO MAKE SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENT FROM CLOTHESPINS
Make sure to buy the clothespins with the springs, not the one-piece kind.
Count out eight clothespins to make one snowflake ornament. Grab each point of the clothespin and pull in two different directions to take them apart.
Discard the spring.
Use your glue gun to add some hot glue to the flat side of one of the clothespin pieces. Press the flat side of the other half to it. Make sure they are straight. Do this seven more times.
You can use wood glue if you wish. It will take longer to dry. My son prefers to use wood glue to glue the pieces together. He uses a craft stick to “butter” the glue onto the clothespins.
PUT THE SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENT TOGETHER
There is more than one way to do this. I will tell you how to do two of them. The first way is to glue four points together. Then glue the four round ends in between the points. The second way is to glue the round part of each piece together (Seen in the photo below.) in a circle. Make sure to glue the clothespins as close and as even as you can.
A hanger like thin jute, a paper clip or bakers twine can be sandwiched and glued at the top of one of the pairs of clothespins. Personally, I think the small gap it leaves doesn’t look good but I’ve seen it done.
THREE WAYS TO DECORATE THE SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENT
- Make sure to sand any extra glue that has dried where you don’t want it. Wipe it with a cloth to remove the dust. Decorating your snowflake ornament can be as plain and rustic or as fancy as you would like to make them. They look really rustic when you leave them plain like the one in the photo above.
- Paint it with acrylic paint in whatever color you choose. We chose to paint our snowflakes white and to add glitter.
- If you decide to paint yours you can add Mod Podge to give it a nice shine.
Tip: Use a stickpin or a toothpick to clean out the holes of the clothespins if you want to leave it open for more detail to the ornament.
HOW TO ADD GLITTER TO YOUR SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENT FROM CLOTHESPINS
My son and I used an iridescent fine glitter because it’s what we had on hand. If you are making these with younger children you should consider using a chunkier glitter.
Get a scrap piece of paper big enough to lay the ornament on. It will come in handy later. Take a paintbrush and paint Mod Podge on the snowflake ornament. Do not add too much. It will not dry. Add a thin coat. I only painted the top of the ornament with Mod Podge, but you can paint the whole thing if you want glitter all over it.
After painting on the Mod Podge, that’s when I make sure there aren’t any in holes I want to stay open.
ADD THE GLITTER
Shake the glitter evenly all over the ornament. Try to keep the glitter on the scrap piece of paper.
If you think the ornament needs more glitter, go ahead and do the process over. Wait until the Mod Podge dries before you do another layer. Paint the Mod Podge on top of the glitter. Just add more glitter on top of that. Again, only paint on a thin layer of glitter. Wait a few minutes to let the Mod Podge set. Then carefully pick up the ornament and lay it somewhere to finish drying.
Now you are going to put the leftover glitter that fell off the ornament and onto the scrap piece of paper back into its container. Make sure there isn’t anything but glitter on the paper before you dump it back into its container.
Take the lid off of the glitter. Pick up the paper in the center of two sides so all the glitter falls to the bottom. Pour it into the bottle.
MAKE A HANGER
We used a paper clip to add on the back of the snowflake as the hanger. I bent it back in forth until it broke in half. Then I bent the top of it in the shape of a hook. Hot glue held it down really well.
I propped the paper clip up with another snowflake so it would hold while the glue was drying.
The ornaments have been hanging on our tree for several days and none of them have come off.
If you prefer, you can use a piece of jute or bakers twine as hangers. Cut off a piece, tie the ends in a knot and glue the knot to the back of the ornament.
And that my friends are how you make a snowflake ornament from clothespins AND how you save your glitter.