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.