Clothes Pin Angel Tree Ornament

An old-fashioned clothes pin angel has a nostalgic appeal that makes it a perfect decoration for any Christmas tree.

Old Fashioned Clothespin Doll Has Nostalgic Appeal

Old Fashioned Clothespin Doll Has Nostalgic Appeal

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Greener

If your tree is small, hang the angel right at the top of the tree, or create several angels for a larger tree. Use a traditional wooden clothes pin to create the angel's body — if you can't buy any of these pins locally, try finding them on the internet.

Materials Needed:

  • recycled natural raffia
  • wooden clothes pin
  • eco-friendly adhesive glue
  • eco-friendly marker
  • old tablecloth
  • templates

Step 1

Attach a few short strands of raffia to the top of the clothes pin with a dab of glue. Draw two eyes onto the pin head with the marker.

Raffia Strands For Hair

Raffia Strands For Hair

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Cut two shapes from the cloth using the template. Align and sew the sides of the dress together, leaving a gap in the neck to fit the pin.

Old Tablecloth Plus Clothespin Create Angel

Old Tablecloth Plus Clothespin Create Angel

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Twist one end of the wire into a circle. Bend the free end at right angles to the circle. Wind it around the pin to secure the halo in place.

Clothespin Angel With Wire Halo

Clothespin Angel With Wire Halo

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Cut the wings from the felt using the template. Glue a loop of ribbon, then the dress, onto the wings. Glue the pin inside the dress.

Clothespin Angel

Clothespin Angel

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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