My friend Linda taught me how to make these. They are truly easy and adorable for Easter baskets, baby baskets, children’s crafts, display on bathroom counter. I found a website I thought you may like.
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
Pruning shears to cut Popsicle sticks
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)
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.
YOU WILL NEED:
Package of clothespins ( the kind with springs on them) Need 8 for each snowflake
White craft paint
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)
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.
CLAY FLOWER POTS
WHITE ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (glossy or flat your choice)
ORANGE ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (for nose. You can mix yellow and red to make orange)
RED ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (or whatever color you wish your scarf to be)
BLACK ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (for eyes )
SMALL PAINT BRUSH ( I used 1/4 inch angular brush)
LARGER HANDLED PAINT BRUSH (to make eyes) OPTIONAL
TOOTHPICK OR WOODEN SKEWER ( for eyebrows and dotting eyes)
GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS ( You can use regular household glue but I find it messy and takes longer to dry. Adults beware: CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE HOT GLUE TO AVOID BURNS. )
POM POMS ( the color of your choice)
PIPE CLEANERS that are the color of your Pom Poms. May use black if you do not have the same color.
1. Take clean clay flower pot and paint white on top and sides to the rim of flower pot. Do not worry if you get some on the rim as you will be painting that a different color.
2. After you are satisfied with the coverage of the coats of white paint, let dry.
3. Begin painting the scarf color on the rim . (I found it easier to hold my other hand inside flower pot and turn as I painted). Paint till you have the coverage that you like .
4. Turn the flower pot upside down and set down as you would a normal flower pot, so you can paint the very edge of the rim with the scarf color and let dry.
5. Put a little white paint on a piece of paper or old plastic lid and dot the back of paintbrush handle into paint then dot scarf all the way around . If you want scarf to have hearts you put two dots side by side and pull down with brush handle to connect dots at bottom to form hearts. Then let dry thoroughly. ( If you are not sure you can evenly space, start with entire front first then sides. This will ensure any uneven spacing will be in the back and not visible.)
6. Once it has completely dried, put small amount of paint onto paper or old plastic lid and take back of large brush handle and dip into black paint to dot eyes. Then in a circular motion you draw eyes the circular size you wish them to be OR use larger handled brush to make dots for eyes.
(It helps to tap onto paper or lid if you have too much paint on handles end. It will make perfect circles. Let dry, lying flower pot on its side flat. I achieved this by resting into an old towel to keep pot straight and avoid eyes from dripping.)
7. Once eyes are dry , dip end of small paint brush into black paint and mark where smile will end on each side. Then make dots into semicircle smile. Let dry completely resting again on towel to keep pot straight while drying thus avoiding dripping.
8. Paint carrot nose by dipping skewer point into paint and drawing the carrot nose then fill in with skewer. Again rest into towel to keep straight and avoid dripping and Let dry completely.
9. Once completely dry, dip pointy end of toothpick into white paint place dot or apostrophe shape ( ‘) into eye in same place on each eye to mimic shine. Let dry.
10. Dip pointy end of skewer or toothpick into black paint n draw eyebrows. Again, place pot into towel to keep straight till dry.
11. Then take toothpick, dip into white paint dragging once onto lid or paper to remove blobs of paint n draw fine lines across top of carrot nose.
11. Hot glue pipe cleaner across top of head covering flower pot hole and down side to where your Pom Pom earmuffs will be.
1. Take twine or ribbon and loop through jingle bell and tie knot at bell and also at where it will be inserted into flower pot. Insert the loop from inside of flower pot through flower pot hole for hanging. Knot will prevent it from coming all the way out of top so that bell can jingle inside. However, you may want to put a dab of hot glue around inside of flower pot around hole to prevent ribbon or twine from slipping back through from weight of jingle bell . I recommend doing this by first inserting ribbon then placing dab of hot glue on skewer n placing on top of knot. And pulling ribbon up on outside till knot touches pot on inside and hold till dry. This will avoid burns working in such small areas.
2. Secondly, you can personalize by dipping skewer into black paint and putting name or greeting across front of scarf.