So this year I decided to decorate a Christmas tree. I wanted some sort of apple orchard, gold glitter, and wood theme. I came across the idea of using clothespins to make snowflake ornaments, so I ran with it. Here’s how I did it.
You’ll need clothespins of course, I bought two packs of 36 from Dollar Tree.
You’ll need a hot glue gun, or any glue of your choice, I chose hot glue because of the quick drying time.
Lastly some thread and decorations of your choice for the ornaments.
I forgot to photograph the thread and decorations used prior to.
The first step in creating the ornaments is to pull the metal clasp off the clothespins. This was fairly easy, and I had removed all the clasps in about 10 minutes. I then placed the wood into the shape I desired. I did this to be sure I liked the design, and had pulled a part enough clothespins. I placed to flat sides of each piece of wood together. I cut a piece of thread for each ornament to be glued on as well.
Before I completed the previous step, I plugged my hot glue gun in, so it’d be ready for use. Next, I began the monotonous task of gluing each piece together. I placed the cut end of the thread between two flat sides, and glued it on.
Here’s what they looked like with the thread before I glued them .
For lack of a better term, I’ll call each completed piece a leg. I then glued each leg together, I created a T or cross shape with the first four legs. Next I glued a leg into the corner of the T or cross shape.
Once I had each ornament glued, I placed the on a piece of cardboard to be decorated.
I wasn’t sure exactly how to decorate them, so I just started trying things. I first very lightly sprayed both sides of each ornament with brown spray paint. Still not exactly sure what I was attempting to achieve with that. After I had done that, I chose to just go with glitter. Not really sure how to adhere the glitter, I remembered I had a can of Polyurethane.
I sprayed each ornament, then sprinkled red glitter over them all. I didn’t really like the look the red glitter had given them.
I finally got my gold glitter out, sprinkled it onto the ornaments, and sprayed with a coat of Polyurethane. This was it! I liked them this way. I proceeded to do the other side as well.
I let them sit about 15 minutes.
Here’s the completed ornament
Overall I was satisfied with how they came out. My next great feat, is to finish decorating our tree. This is what it looks like so far.
This is my first year decorating a tree. Why hasn’t anyone told me it was so difficult?!? Ornament and light placement, ribbon, bells, garland, etc. I hope you’ll try making your own ornaments.
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