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Turn Clothespins Into Christmas Tree Ornaments

In just a few steps, turn wooden clothespins into beautiful snowflake tree ornaments. This is a great project for older children to tackle on their own or for small kids with help from a crafty adult.

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Materials Needed:

  • 8 wooden clothespins per snowflake
  • ribbon
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • white spray paint or white craft paint and a paintbrush
  • craft paper or drop cloth
  • scissors

Separate Clothespins

Twist the top clothespin sideways and wiggle it loose from the fulcrum spring (Image 1). Once top clothespin is removed, slide metal fulcrum spring off bottom clothespin (Image 2).


Working in a well-ventilated room, cover a tabletop with craft paper or a drop cloth. With spray paint can held approximately six inches away from clothespins, give each half a smooth coat of spray paint in a steady, controlled manner. For small kids, white craft paint applied with a paint brush is a great alternative.

Glue Clothespins' Backs Together

Add hot glue to the clothespins' unpainted backs (Image 1). While glue is still hot, press top and bottom clothespin pieces together to create one spoke of the snowflake (Image 2). Repeat these steps for six of the remaining spokes, leaving one pair of clothespin halves unglued.

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