I have a very distinct memory of making clothespin ornaments when I was in Girl Scouts. My troop had met up and spent an entire Saturday making the ornaments for a fundraiser. We made male & female ice skaters, snowmen and Mr. & Mrs. Santa. ornaments. Of course my mom bought one of each and they were hung on our Christmas tree for many years after that. As my sister, brother and I grew up and moved out, my parents downsized their tree and stopped putting up all of the mismatched ornaments that we made over the years.
After my mom passed earlier this year, my sister and I (and our spouses) helped my dad clean out his attic and we came across a box of their old ornaments. I only found the female ice skater and the snowman, so I decided that I was going to try to recreate the Santa one. And that’s how I came up with this Adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. Right now, it’s just a Santa clothespin, but I do plan on attaching a piece of string to the back and hanging him on my tree this year – along with the vintage ice skater and snowman.
Adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft
Here’s what you need:
- Red and flesh color acrylic craft paint
- Red felt
- Cotton balls
- Small googly eyes
- Red puffy paint
- Hot glue/hot glue gun
Here’s what you do:
1. Lay out a couple pieces of scrap paper or newspaper before you get started (so you don’t get paint on your good surfaces).
2. Paint the top front 1/3 of the clothespin with your flesh colored paint and paint the bottom 2/3 with your red paint and be sure to let them dry completely.
3. While your paint is drying, cut out three 1 1/2 inch long skinny triangle hats out of your red felt. Once your painted clothespins are dry, glue one hat to the top of the flesh colored side of the clothespin (you can bend of top of the hat to the side and secure with glue or leave straight).
3. Pull apart a cotton ball and glue a piece on the bottom of the hat, a small ball for the top of the hat and a piece for the beard (form them with your fingers to get the shape you want).
4. Next, glue two googly eyes below the hats.
5. Now use your red puffy paint to make a dot below the eyes and above the beard for a nose and let your Santa clothespins dry.
That’s it – you’re Santas are done!
This Santa Claus Clothespin Craft is really easy to make.. I might try my hand at Mrs Claus soon, but for now, I am happy with my Santas.
Have you made any clothespin crafts? If not, give this adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft a try this Christmas.