I'm making wooden snowflake ornaments from clothespins with my Grandson. He'll be gifting all his favorite people with them this year for Christmas.
They are fun but very time-consuming because I don't have a hot glue gun. I would suggest, if you decide to try these yourself, to borrow one if you don't own one.
I found the idea on Pinterest and have seen many blog posts sharing how easy they are to make, so I thought we'd give it a try.
The concept is simple but working with a 7 year old boy with a heavy hand became a challenge and frustrated us both. The first step, taking the clothespins apart ended in having broken pieces of wood and a slightly impatient child. To soothe us both he asked me if I would do the "hard part" and let him do the final touches. I agreed.
To spare his embarrassment, I didn't take any photos of the broken pieces but assured him he would be able to try doing these again next year if he wants to. I think his fingers got pinched in the springs and caused him to pull a little too hard. I watched him struggle with a few before I asked him if he wanted help. He sighed and said: "oh yes, please!"
You can see in the photos below what I've done so far.
|take the clothespins apart, flip them and glue together|
|glue first 4 in a cross pattern|
|continue to glue until you have the shape of a flake|
(NOTE: we wanted these to hang so I added clear nylon filament wire before gluing the last 2 pieces together)
|glue is dry and this one look awesome|
Although I love these, just as they are, we'll paint these white and sprinkle silver glitter on them.
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