Wooden Clothespin Painted Santa Ornament

A little paint, a little time and you have these adorable Santa ornaments for your tree or gift bags!

Materials:

  • Wooden Doll Pins 3 3/4″ package of 30 (sold in craft stores)
  • Acrylic paint: red, white, black, flesh tone
  • Paint brush(s)
  • Snow-Tex Glittering Snow (sold in craft stores in with the paints)
  • 20 or 18 gauge wire
  • Star wire garland
  • Clear Gloss Varnish (sealer)
  • Optional: fine sandpaper, old shoe box, toothpick(s), Q-Tip

Directions:

I have found that on old shoe box works great as a drying rack for this project, but totally optional. If find that the wooden pins to be rough, sand with fine sandpaper. Paint the upper ball and part of one side of the front (see picture below),you will need at least 2 coats.  With red paint, paint around the white in front and the back, you will need at least 2 coats. Make a small oval with flesh tone paint on the white side (see picture below).

We are going to make 2 little eyes, I have found that using a toothpick makes this easier than a small brush.  Dip the tip of the toothpick into black paint and make little eyes (try it on scrap paper to check your size). Mix a little red and white to make darker pink for his mouth, and paint just a little oval (see picture).  Now add more white to your pink, making it lighter for his rosy cheeks, I like using a Q-tip to paint on his cheeks.

We are almost finished – let’s add a little personality1 Dip a toothpick into white paint and make a very small dot in each black eye (try it on scrap paper to check your size).  With small thin brush or the tip of the toothpick give Santa 2 eye brows.  Ok he does look just a little funny, but stay with me….

With a Q-Tip or brush add more white paint around his head, making it look like fur? At this point check to size of his painted mouth, if too large paint some white around to make it the size you like.  Load a small paint brush with white and make his mustache, at just two strokes, from the center out left then from the center right. Let dry.

Paint on a coat of gloss varnish (sealer) and let dry.

For Santa’s beard I like using Snow-Tex Glittering Snow. With a paint brush, apply Snow-Tex below his mouth and down.

Cut a piece of wire 20 or 18 gauge about 12″ long, string a small bell on,twist bell in place.  I like to curl wire around paint brush or pencil, then wrap around top twisting wire in place (don’t worry if it looks funny we are going to cover it).  Take a piece of wired star garland about12″ to 18” long and wrap ends to curl around paint brush or pencil, now wrap/twist to top of Santa covering wire.

Santa is ready for the tree or to decorate gift bag. Ho ho ho!

Painted Wooden Clothespin Snowman Ornament

These little snowmen will add charm to any Christmas tree or gift box!  They are quick and simple, and make a great project to do with the kids!

 

Materials:

  • Wooden Doll Pins 3 3/4″ (package of 30, sold in craft stores)
  • Red or Green felt for hat
  • Acrylic paint: white, black, orange, red and or green
  • Clear Gloss Varnish
  • String or ribbon for hanger
  • Thin ribbon (to tie on hat)
  • Paint brush
  • Black Ultra Fine Sharpie
  • Glue (I like hot glue)
  • Scissors
  • Optional: small jingle bell, sequin snowflake, Twinkle Crystal by DecoArt (glitter paint),fine sandpaper, toothpick, Q-tip

Directions:

Paint the wooden pins white (you do not need to paint the top ball part because the hat will cover it). If needed, sand with fine sandpaper; sometimes the sides are rough so just smooth with a little sanding.  It will take 2 or 3 coats of white paint, I have found that an old shoe box works great for a drying rack (you are going to want to make more than one). With black paint make 2 eyes (look at picture below for placement) and with red paint make a simple scarf, one stroke from the right side, one stroke from the left, small circle (knot) then two separate strokes down make tales to the scarf (hope that makes it easy).

Make a carrot nose with orange paint, let dry and add rosy cheeks.  Mix red and white to make a soft pink, I find it easy to use a Q-tip as the brush, just a quick up/down.  My next little trick is to use a fine line Sharpie pen for the smile, just 4 or 5 little lines and lets add some personality by adding 2 little eye brows with the Sharpie (wasn’t that easier than a thin paint brush).  Now for the white in his eyes, looks hard but it’s not, dip the end of a toothpick into white paint and make a little dot in each eye(you might to test out the size on scrap paper first).  After drying, paint with a coat of Crystal Twinkles (glitter paint…I love this stuff!). Let dry and paint with a coat of gloss varnish.

Let finish with the hat, cut a piece of felt 2″ by 3″. Fold up one side of the 2″ side and glue, glue hat on the snowman.  String a small jingle bell on to thin ribbon and tie tight with a knot around top of hat, you may need to cut a little off.

For the hanger, side or glue thin ribbon or string through tied ribbon on hat. Glue a sequin snowflake on hat.  You are finished!

How many of this cuties are you going to make?  They are great for the Christmas tree, and fun tie on to a gift bag or box!

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