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DIY Clothespin Christmas Tree Ornaments

These simple ornaments are something all kids and adults will love to make this holiday! This adorable holiday ornament was made with some basic craft supplies and made in minutes. Not only could this be used for a tree, try placing them on gifts packaging for a lovely handmade accent.

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Let’s grab your supplies, channel your inner artist, and let get crafting!

Here you will start taking apart the clothespins and removing the silver connector. You will need 3 clothespins per Christmas Tree Ornament.

Grab your desired color choices for your “tree” and the “truck”. I chose a palm green and nutmeg brown for my tree. Paint a nice coating over all the clothespins and the popsicle sticks.

Once all is dry, you will then start glue the clothespins together. When gluing them together, you will have them flipped around having the flat parts glued together. You will do this for 2 clothespins for each tree.

Then you will take the 3rd clothespin and gluing this on each side of the other two. You will want the thin pointed parts of the clothespins at the top of the “tree” Again gluing the flat parts together

Grab one of your wooden star cutouts. You will want to paint this a different color for a pop! I always love a shimmery gold paint, so i choose to use Gold FolkArt Brushed Metal Acrylic Paint.

Once your star has dried, come in hot gluing the popsicle stick to the back of the tree. Then hot glue the star in place on the front side at the top.

You will then measure the pipe cleaner against the tree to see what size will be needed for each “garland”. I chose to make 3 sections of garland and hot glued them in place.

Here is where you can add your “ornaments” to your tree! We had these cute assorted colored star beads. The size was perfect to add them all in between the garlands.

Lastly, you will grab a twin or some jute to create the hanger. You will then cut a section to be glued on the back side of the ornament. From there, you are ready to hang among the tree and ENJOY!

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DIY Wooden Paint Stick Jack the Skeleton

This time of the year, there is just one skeleton that makes it feel like Halloween – Jack from Nightmare before Christmas! Such a easy craft for all ages. This can be used as a door hanger, shelf sitter, added to a wreath or swag – Whatever your heart desires!

Difficulty level:Beginner
Time to complete: 25 minutes

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Let’s grab your supplies, channel your inner artist, and let get crafting!

Step 1: Build the frame

Start by arranging five paint sticks in a straight line, ensuring they are aligned.

Next, take two stir sticks that have been cut to match the width of the paint sticks and position them horizontally across the row.

Apply a line of multi-purpose glue along the center of the horizontal sticks, followed by quickly encircling it with a hot glue gun. This will securely bond and create a great connection. I did this on the top and bottom.

Once step one is dry, flip over. This side will be the front on the Skeleton face.

You will take another stir stick and cut to match the bottom width of the frame, positioning it horizontally across the row.

Step 2: Creating the Hat

Take 2 more paint sticks – this will end up creating the slanted hat at the top. When you have them slanted, this will help cover up the grooves at the top of the paint sticks.

Trim these two stir sticks just before they curve into the top handle, ensuring they are of equal length. Apply a line of multi-purpose glue along the center of these horizontal sticks, then quickly encircling it with a hot glue gun once more.

Step 3: Painting

Cover the vertical stir sticks with a layer of white paint. Then on the horizontal sticks, these will be painted with a black paint.

Step 4: Drawing the face

Here is where the fun comes. Creating Jack the Skeletons face. Now to help me figure out the spacing for all the facial features, i came in drawing it out with a pencil. Drawing the slanted oval eyes, nose, and the stitched mouth.

Come back through with the black paint and color in the areas.

Tip: My fine tip paint brush bristles were sticking all over the place. I came in and put a thin layer of vaseline to the bristles. This kept them held together to get cleaner lines.

Can’t be Jack the Skeleton without his bat bow tie. Draw on your bow tie to help get the desired look. Once happy come in with the black paint and fill in. You can always come back and erase the lines if they show.

Here is the finished look! How cute… i mean spooky is jack?! I just love him so much. He can be added to a shelf, mantle, wreath, or swag – He will sure not let you down on the fun display added to your Halloween decor.

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