Better Budgeting: Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Wood Clothespin

Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Wood Clothespin

Submitted by Lisa Sett of California

Painted wood clothespin snowmen with personality

"Wood Clothespin Snowmen with Personality"

This Christmas I made a very frugal ornament. I love to be able to share a handmade gift with friends and family. This craft would be considered for beginners and no painting talent needed.

The dollar stores generally sell wood clothespins in packs of 25 to 50, for $1.00. Now that is good for my budget!

Materials:

wood clothespins
white and orange acrylic craft paint
black fine point sharpie
approx. 3" scrap of 1/4" wide fabric or ribbon
small paint brush

Instructions:

Paint one side of flat part of pin with white paint. I like to have the face at the part of the pin that will hold on to the tree, so the pin does not droop. Let dry a few minutes.

Start the nose first. Turn the brush over to use the end without the bristles, dip in orange paint. Put the dot in middle of face and drag the paint down and to the side to make the perfect nose. Do all the noses and let dry.

Come back with a sharpie to add eyes and mouth... I like to add a little personality with eyebrows.

Tie on ribbon, add buttons if you like. They will stand up and can also be used as name tags on gifts or napkins.



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