This past week I was reminded how easily household items can be transformed into something beautiful and festive. It goes to show you that you don’t have to spend a fortune on decorations to create the look you’re going for.
I participated in an Ornament Swap at Tutus and Tea Parties, and after toying around with what ornament to make, I decided to create sparkly clothespin snowflakes, using everyday clothespins and glitter.
We haven’t decorated our tree yet, but I used it to test out how the clothespin snowflakes’ glitter sparkled with the twinkle lights.
Not only are they inexpensive, but they are also easy to make. You can even have kids help you with painting them and adding glitter.
What you’ll need:
- Wooden Clothespins (8 for each snowflake)
- Craft Glue
- Hot Glue Gun with Glue
- White Acrylic Paint
- White Glitter
- Silver Ribbon
Take each clothespin and pull it apart, removing the metal spring. Take the two wooden pieces of the clothespin and put them back-to-back, like the bottom clothespin in the picture above.
If you want to, you can also sand them a bit after they have dried, to make them smoother.
To put the snowflakes together, take 4 of the glued clothespins and glue them together in a plus sign using a hot glue gun.
Then added the four remaining clothespins to the spaces between the glued clothespins. Glue in place with hot glue.
For glitter, I went with Martha Stewart’s crystal fine and crystal coarse white glitters. They were a little more expensive than regular glitter, but the effect they created was perfect, and I only needed to use a little bit.
Tilt the snowflake and tap off any excess glitter. I was able to pour this back into the containers afterwards, so there wasn’t much glitter wasted. Allow the glue to dry and then flip the snowflake over and complete the process on the other side.
After the glitter and glue has dried, take pieces of silver ribbon and make into a loop. Hot glue onto the top of the snowflakes.
I packaged up the clothespin snowflakes and sent them to my Ornament Exchange partner, Angela, who blogs with her sister at Little PINK Thread. I can`t wait to see what she’s sent me!