SKI PEOPLE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

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Cute little guys to hang on your tree. Children can do all the painting however, I recommend Mom or Dad do the hot gluing and prune shear cutting to avoid injury.

 

 

 

 

 

YOU WILL NEED:

Round topped wooden clothespins ( can find in local dollar store, Walmart or craft store

Bag of Popsicle craft sticks

Ruler

Wooden skewers

Pruning shears to cut Popsicle sticks

Assorted paints

Flesh color for hands and face

Black or silver for skis

Whatever color you wish for ski persons pants and shirt

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Decorative thin cord or ribbon to hang your ornament

Kitchen Twine of any color for scarf ( Dollar Tree stores have bag of three colors each in children’s craft section all year round)

Old wire cake cooling rack  ( this is my all time favorite thing to dry crafts on when you paint both sides at once)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Paint head of clothespin with flesh color.

2.Paint skier’s shirt front and back and set on rack to dry.

3. Once dry, paint skiers pants. and set on rack to dry.

4. Can paint boots if you wish to . I did not.

5. Paint some Popsicle sticks , front and back, the  color you wish the shirt to be and set aside to dry. These will later become the arms.

6. Once dry, measure  how long you need arms to be and cut that length off Popsicle stick with pruning shears. ( PARENTS PLEASE DO THIS PART TO AVOID INJURY) . Touch up with chosen colored paint.

7.  Paint flesh colored tips onto both sides of ends of arms to represent skiers hands. Set aside to dry.

8. Round off corners of  flat part of the Popsicle stick with pruning shears. This part will become skiers shoulders. Touch up exposed wood and set aside to dry.

9. Paint Popsicle sticks front and back black or silver and set on cooling rack to dry. These will become the skis.

10.  Using pruning shears, cut Popsicle  sticks in half. You will need one Popsicle  stick for each pair of skis. Touch up with paint where the exposed wood is and set aside to dry.

10. Cut off point of skewer and paint skewers the color you chose for skis and set aside to dry.

11. Paint hair on your skier.

12. With the end of a skewer dipped into paint, dot eyes and make smile.

13. When clothespin is totally dried, hot glue the clothespin to the skis. Be sure rounded part of ski is used for front of skis.

14. Glue arms on with arms partially extended ( see photo).

15.  Take your black or silver skewers and cut to make the poles the skier will hold. DO NOT CUT THESE FIRST. Depending on how far you extended your skiers arms will determine the length you will need to glue to side of hand facing skiers body and then to side of skiers pant leg near ski.

16. When gluing on poles to hands and skis I took hot glue and placed with skewer to avoid large area of glue.

17. Now, if you wish, you can braid colored kitchen twine to make a scarf. Place dab of hot glue on back of neck and attach hanging ribbon or cord and this will also hold scarf in place. Glue scarf to side of skiers shirt near arm to hold in place.

You will create memories for your child each Christmas when you bring them out to place on tree.

CLOTHESPIN DOLLS

Clothespin Dolls
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Cute crafts for children. Children enjoy making things themselves. It should be a fun task for them.

 

 

 

 

 

YOU WILL NEED:

Clothespins with round tops

Small wooden balls with holes in bottom ( you can find packages of these in Hobby Lobby or Walmart , Michael’s, any craft place.

Small wooden circles to glue your doll to so that it can stand

Flesh colored paint

White, black, and grey paint. ( if you don’t have grey, add a drop of black to several drops of white and make your own)

Any other colors you’d like for your dolls lips (pink or red) and hair

Popsicle craft sticks for arms or you can substitute pink or tan colored pipe cleaners if you wish movable arms. Cut into thirds.

Fine tipped sharpie marker

Hot glue gun and low temp glue sticks

WARNING: DUE TO RISK OF SEVERE BURNS, PARENTS SHOULD NOT LET CHILDREN USE GLUE GUN.

Pruning shears  in case you need to trim top of clothespin to fit in ball

Old fabric and lace scraps/ ribbon / gloves to make clothes for your doll.

Mug, glass or jar that you don’t mind getting paint on. It will wash off. If you choose plastic cup put a few pebbles  inside so it will be less likely to tip over.

Toothpicks (to use to paint fine details on dolls face

Paint brushes

Something to protect your work surface

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Glue round wooden ball to clothespin. Sometimes head of round clothespin is difficult to fit into wooden ball. You can shave off piece of clothespin top by using pruning shears .( Mom or Dad do this part please)

2. Holding doll by just under the head, paint inside of dolls legs with flesh colored paint, lying it on its sides to dry.

3. Once dry,  hold by top of clothespin, if you wish socks or shoes on your doll, and paint them on and place clothespin on side of mug to hold till dry.

4. With clothespin on mugs edge, paint head and top part of clothespin flesh colored all the way around.

5. When clothespins is totally dry draw face onto it with sharpie marker. If you want to, you can dip the handle of a small paint brush  into white paint, making dots for eyes. When that dries, dot a black or brown or blue dot in center of white circle with a toothpick dipped into paint color of your choice. You may also , using a toothpick, paint lips pink or red.
(WHEN PUTTING ON THE FACE BE SURE TO HAVE THE LEGS FACING THE RIGHT WAY. )

6. Once dried, paint on hair color of your choice

7. Once clothespin is completely dry, take a pipe cleaner and twist it around the top part of the body of the clothespin and hot glue into place. Once dried, cut the desired length. If you bend the ends back on itself it looks more like hands. In my photo, you can see, one has Popsicle  sticks for arms. The other pipe cleaners. Pipe cleaners are flexible so the arms can move. Also, in my photo you can see that the doll in red is what will happen if you don’t make sure legs are facing the right way. 🙂

8. Carefully hot glue fabric onto clothespin for clothes.

NOTE: Be creative. You can cut fingers of old worn gloves and roll it back on itself and put pompom on top and it’s a nice winter hat.

Hope you enjoy!

REINDEER CLOTHESPIN ORNAMENTS

YOU WILL NEED:

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1. Package of flat clothespins ( or two pkgs. depending on how many you wish to make. Each reindeer takes three clothespins.). each reindeer takes two clothespins. You can make with three clothespins if you wish side views to show back and front legs.
2. Brown or tan acrylic paint. (You can leave unpainted if you wish or mix dark brown paint with a bit of water to give a stained look)
3. Black acrylic craft paint
4. White acrylic craft paint
5. Red acrylic craft paint ( for reindeer tongue , if you wish open mouth smile)
5.Tiny red Pom Pom for Rudolph’s nose

6. Mini tree ornaments to hang on reindeers neck
7. Mini garland ( optional ) to make wreath

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8. Paint brushes (0ne small handled brush and one slightly larger)
9. Old plastic lids ( one for each child if doing with children)
10. Jars or styrofoam cups for water to wash brushes
11. Paper towels
12. Shower curtain from dollar store to protect work surface if doing with children
13. Thin  Ribbon or wire for hanging
14. Hot glue gun and glue sticks (CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE GLUE GUN TO PREVENT BURNS. PARENTS CAN DO THIS STEP.)
15. Tiny google eyes ( optional)

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Inspect clothespins for uneven wood between clothespins. If you cannot brush out with dry paintbrush use a piece of sandpaper to smooth.

2. Paint both clothespins entirely with brown paint. Don’t forget the inside. Set aside . Allow to dry. ( I use a muffin cooling rack)

3. When clothespins are dry, take black paint to resemble hooves on bottom part of clothespin. Set aside to dry.

4. If you cannot find tiny google eyes (they ARE hard to find) Put a tiny amount of white paint onto plastic lid. Take the second clothespin and dip the back of a  larger paintbrush handle into white paint and make two white dots for beginnings of reindeer eyes. Set aside to dry.

5. When eyes are dry, take smaller brush handle and dip into black paint. Make black dot in center of white dot and set aside to dry.

6. Dip end of pointy toothpick into black paint and paint the reindeer’s smile. Leave enough space to glue on reindeer’s tiny pompom nose.

7. Have parent hot glue flat ends of two leg clothespins together then reverse the second clothespin so that open ends are facing up and appear as antlers, and hot glue to body portion of reindeer, putting ribbon or wire in between before gluing. Glue reindeer faced clothespin slightly higher than bottom clothespin so that reindeer has a chest area ( see photo before gluing).

8. Attach mini Christmas ornament and hot glue in place on chest or in back of neck area.

9. If making wreath to go around neck measure twisted garland and do not cut till you have measured size that looks best. Hot glue in place behind the neck area.

So lovely for Christmas tree ornament, a Grandma or teacher gift from children, or to decorate a gift.

Have a blessed day!

EASTER BUNNY MAGNET

 

YOU WILL NEED:

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Flat Wooden clothespins without springs
White craft paint
Black craft paint
Pink craft paint ( you can mix red and white to make pink if you have no pink paint)
Grey craft paint ( you can mix white with drop of black to make grey)
2 small white Pom poms
Hot glue gun and glue sticks ( NOTE :CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE GLUE GUN TO AVOID  BURNS)
Roll of magnetic strips
Wire muffin cooling rack
Small and slightly larger handled paintbrush

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Paint entire clothespin, inside and outside, both sides, with white paint. Give a second coat if desired. Set aside on wire rack to dry.

2. Take handle of small paint brush and dip into grey paint and dot two eyes.This will later be dotted with white and then with black. Let dry.

3 .Make pink stripe in centers of each ear. And a pink dot using handle of brush dipped in pink paint.

4. Make bunny smile with black or grey paint.  Take care to leave  enough room for placement of pompoms. ( see photo)

5. Cut a piece of magnetic strip and hot glue to the back of bunny’s head only.

6. Dot grey eyes in center using the handle of small brush using white paint. When dry, use toothpick to make smaller dot in eyes using black paint.

7. Hot glue two pompoms side by side for bunny’s cheeks.

CHRISTMAS CLOTHESPIN SNOWFLAKE

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YOU WILL NEED:

Package of clothespins ( the kind with springs on them) Need 8 for each snowflake
White craft paint
Paint brush
White glitter
Wooden circles or hearts ( for centers, I put then on front and back for stability and looks. Find too in local dollar store.
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Ribbon for hanging
Re-sealable plastic bag to store springs for a different project
Wire muffin cooling rack ( for allowing painted clothespins to dry)
Newspaper or waxed paper
Clothes hangers ( to clip on finished snowflakes to hang till  dry)
Clips or ornament hanger wire ( to hang ribbon onto clothes hanger)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Twist clothespins to remove wire springs and store wire springs in plastic bag for another craft.

2. Paint all sides of clothespins white and place on wire rack to dry. You can place paper under rack to protect work surface.

3. Once dry paint a second coat.  Set aside to dry.

4. Paint center pieces of wood on both sides and set aside to dry.

5. Once dry, hot glue flat sides together keeping points on same end. Do this to all of them EXCEPT CLOTHESPIN NUMBER EIGHT. BEFORE HOT GLUING NUMBER EIGHT hot glue ribbon ends to one flat side of clothespin then hot glue other clothespin to it.

6. Hot glue point tips of two opposing clothespins together to form a long stick and then hot glue others individually to join in the center.

7. Once all eight clothespins are joined in the center, hot glue centers on.

8. Paint another light coat of white paint on front and back sides and sprinkle both sides with glitter.

9. Hang ribbon to ornament hook or wire and place on clothes hanger to dry. Several can fit on

NOTE: MANY CRAFT STORES SELL MINI CLOTHESPINS WHICH MAKE SMALLER SNOWFLAKES. THESE ALL, NO MATTER THE SIZE,MAKE GREAT TREE ORNAMENTS AS WELL AS LOOK GREAT ON GIFT BOX WITH OR WITHOUT BOW. THE RECIPIENT OF YOUR GIFT WILL HAVE AN ORNAMENT AS WELL.