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!

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SOUTHWESTERN AND DOTTED STONE PAPERWEIGHT

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YOU WILL NEED:

Black  craft paint ( or base color of your choice)
Two sizes of paint brushes
Large stones
Something to protect your work surface
Clear spray paint
toothpicks or wooden skewers

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Paint entire rock black and allow to dry.

2. Take back of larger brush and dip into a different color paint.

3. Randomly place dots onto stone surface then switch color and continue dotting rock until it looks as you wish it to look.

4. For a different effect paint different colored stripes down rock. Once dry take toothpick or wooden skewer and dip into paint and dot in a design.

7. Once dry, spray with clear spray paint to protect your painted surface.

These make lovely paperweights. Or something to sit on a shelf. If the rock is large enough you can use for a doorstop too.

Have a blessed day!

CHRISTMAS ROCKS

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I am a firm believer in keeping it simple.  I do  love Christmas.  As most of us know, Christmas is a very busy, and depending on the size of your family, can be a quite costly time of year.  This is why, any chance I get,  I make things to give as gifts for Christmas to friends, family and co-workers. As you might imagine, I am wrapping Christmas gifts all year. Some of my friends laugh and say, ” You’re thinking of Christmas already? ”

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However, when Christmas finally arrives, my expenses and workload are minimal because I have most of my homemade gifts already made. I recently decided to try my hand at rock painting. Wouldn’t you know it? After painting a few I thought, ” Oh, maybe I could make some for Christmas!”. So here are a few of my designs for Christmas Rocks. What would you do with them, you ask? I have no idea. But I’ll tell you what I plan to do with mine. Stocking stuffers that can be brought out and placed on a table or desk every year, refrigerator magnets, shelf decorations. You are limited only by your imagination. Most people love homemade gifts. This is one that can have people thinking of you each time they see it.

Have a blessed day!

REINDEER FLOWER POTS

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MATERIALS:
1.SMALL CLAY FLOWER POTS
2. WHITE ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (glossy or flat your choice)
3. RED ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (or what color you wish your scarf to  be but remember, you will  need red for reindeer tongue if you choose to have open mouthed smile).
4. BLACK ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT (for eyes )
5. TAN OR LIGHT BROWN ACRYLIC PAINT
6. SMALL PAINT BRUSH ( I used 1/4 inch angular shader brush)
7. LARGER HANDLED PAINT BRUSH (to make eyes) OPTIONAL
8. TOOTHPICK OR WOODEN SKEWER ( for eyebrows and dotting eyes)
9. GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS ( you can use regular household glue but I find it messy and takes longer to dry. ) CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE HOT GLUE TO AVOID BURNS. 10. POM POMS ( the color of your choice for ear muffs)
11. PIPECLEANERS  the color of your ear muff Pom Poms. (May use black if you don’t have ones the same color )
12. RED OR BLACK POM POM (for reindeer nose)
13. DARK BROWN PIPECLEANERS (for reindeer antlers.
14. PAPER OR OLD PLASTIC LID (for putting paint on)
15. GOOGLE EYES (optional)
 DIRECTIONS:
1. Take clean clay flower pot and paint tan or brown 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.( I personally prefer a lighter shade of brown so that reindeer antlers are a better contrast)

2. After you are satisfied with the coverage of the coats of tan 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  small paintbrush handle into paint then dot scarf  all the way around . If you want scarf to have hearts rather than dots,  you put two dots side by side and pull down with brush handle to connect dots at bottom to form hearts. Set pot aside to 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, if you are not using google eyes,  put small amount of black paint onto paper or old plastic lid and take back of  small 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 (one time only) if you have too much paint on handles end.  It will make perfect circles. Let eyes dry,  lying flower pot on its side flat. I achieved this by resting into an old crumpled 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 a semicircle smile or make an open mouth to show tongue and/ or teeth. Let dry completely resting again on towel to keep straight while drying.

8. Paint nose red or black if you have no pompoms. (Pom poms look nicer though because they give dimension to your reindeer.)

9. Once eyes are completely dry, if you have not opted to use google eyes,  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 into black paint n draw eyebrows. Again, place onto towel to keep straight till dry.

11. Then take toothpick, dip into red paint and make tongue inside open mouth if you chose to have open mouth reindeer smile. Once that has been laid flat to dry, you can then add teeth if you so desire.

12. Insert 2 dark brown pipecleaners  into hole of pot  and bend inside of pot. Then pot some hot glue on end of skewer to place under bent pipecleaners so they may stick to pot. Bend antlers as desired.

13. Hot glue ear muff colored pipecleaner across top of flower pot hole and down side to where your Pom Pom earmuffs  will be.

14. Hot glue ear muffs where they should be.

15. Hot glue google eyes in place. I found it easier and less messy to put tiny glue dot or tiny dab of hot glue on back of  google eye and place onto pot. Remember, just tiny amount so that when you press google eye into place, no glue will be seeping out from around eyes .

 VARIATIONS :
You can personalize reindeer by dipping skewer into black paint and putting name or greeting  across front of scarf.
Have a blessed day!

Christmas pom-pom teddy bear

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POM POM TEDDY BEAR

YOU WILL NEED:
LARGE POM POMS
MEDIUM-SIZED POM POMS
SMALL POM POMS
ONE TINY BLACK POM POM (for nose)
SMALL GOOGLE EYES
RIBBON
ANY ORNAMENT YOU WANT YOUR BEAR TO HOLD ( optional)
DECORATIVE STRING FOR HANGING ON TREE (optional)
HOT GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS ***** Children should not use hot glue guns to avoid burns*****
NOTE: Bear can be made in the color of your choice and may sit on a shelf or hang from Christmas tree.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Take two large Pompoms and glue together. This will be the bear’s stomach and back.

2. Glue one large pompom on the pompom on the back side to represent bears head.

3. Glue two smaller pompoms for bear’s feet and hands.

4. Glue  two smaller pompoms to represent bears ears.

5. Glue smaller Pom Pom to front of head for bear’s snout

6. Glue small black Pom Pom to snout to represent nose.

7. Tie ribbon around bear’s neck and make bow.Cut to size

8. If desired, glue a mini Christmas tree ornament onto bear.

9. Thread needle with transparent thread and push through head of bear leaving a large loop for hanging bear on the head of bear and come out behind neck of bear. Then make another stitch from backside of neck going through to front of bear’s neck. Knot and tie off. Bow of Ribbon will then hide end of threads.

10. Glue on google eyes. I found it easier to hold google eye with tweezers and put small dab of glue on back of eye and then place. This eliminates the notorious glue strands that will not look nice on the pompom.

Have a blessed day!

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!

LADY BUG PEBBLES

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YOU WILL NEED:

1. Something to protect your work surface
2. Old jar or plastic cup to hold water to wash brushes
3. Paper towels to dry brushes
4. Flat pebbles
6. Small google eyes
7. White craft paint for ladybug dots ( or can make dots black)
8. Small handled paint brush
9. Medium sized paint brush
8. Red or reddish orange craft paint or color of your choice
9. Black craft  paint. This is used for ladybug head and face and to paint line separating wings.
( If you are unable to make straight line with paint brush, you may use black sharpie marker)
10. Small google eyes ( can use awhite dot of paint with smaller black dot in center if unable to find google eyes)

Wash and dry pebbles
Paint entire pebble red or color of your choice and let dry.
Paint head of ladybug black and let dry
Paint line in center of ladybug from head to back end of bug and let dry
Take small handled paint brush and dip into white paint n dot ladybug wings
(OPTIONAL Spray with clear spray paint to make your ladybugs paint last longer.)
After clear spray paint has dried,  carefully glue google eyes on.