There is something about the holidays that makes me want to craft. This year, I embraced that feeling and made several crafts. A couple of years ago, I remembered seeing a picture of clothespin snowflakes and I thought the idea was really neat. Seeing snowflake decorations everywhere, I was reminded of this craft and decided to give it a try. This craft was very quick and easy to make, and could very well become part of my family’s Christmas traditions.
The post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
What you will need
How to create a clothespin snowflake
Each snowflake requires 8 clothespins. Start by separating the clothespin parts so that you are left with the two wooden halves and the metal springs. Set the springs aside, they can either be recycled or kept for a future project. If there are any rough-edged on the clothespins, you can take a moment to sand it down or choose a different clothespin.
Paint the clothespin, focusing on the sides and what was the inside of the clothespin (the bumpy side). You do not have to paint the smooth side, but you can if you want to. I found leaving that side unpainted led to easier adhesion of the glue. You can paint them any color you want, however, I chose to go with white for the classic snowflake look. If you are adding glitter, you can do this while the paint is still wet or add it after gluing.
Once the paint is fully dried, it’s time to glue them together. Once your glue gun is heated up, apply a thin line of glue to the flat back of one half of a clothespin. Carefully place the other half against it and make sure it lines up perfectly. This step needs to be done fairly quickly as the glue sets rapidly.
Now it’s time to assemble the snowflake. Take four of the clothespins and glue them together in a plus sign shape. To do this, apply a small bead of glue to the angled end of the clothespin and attach it to the angled side of the next clothespin. Continue until all four are glued together.
With the remaining four clothespins, you want to glue them at an angle, they will fit perfectly in the spaces made by this initial plus sign. Don’t worry if things are a little crocked, once your snowflake is done, it will look great.
Taking a piece of ribbon that is about 4 inches long, loop it, and tie a knot at the end. Apply a glob of glue to one of the pins and gently place the knot of the ribbon on top. You may need to apply a bit more glue on top of the ribbon to firmly hold it into place. Your snowflake is done!
Hang your clothespin snowflakes on your Christmas tree, or anywhere around your home to add a touch of winter. You can also use mini clothespins to make snowflakes of various sizes.
Looking for another Christmas craft? Give these mason jar decorations a try!