Clothespin Snowflakes {Handmade Ornament No.25}

Clothespin Snowflakes {Handmade Ornament No.25}

Happy Friday my friends. This week has quickly passed by – with just one more day to go! I have one last handmade ornament to share today and they are so easy – you could even add them to your to-do before the holiday arrives.
If you don’t have a stash of wooden clothespins they can found at any dollar store and easily transformed into pretty snowflakes. I used a few to embellish some packages though these can easily be made into ornaments or used in number of different decor ideas as well {I like that snowflakes can be left out throughout the winter and a last a little longer than other seasonal decor}Materials Needed:
Wooden Clothespins {8 total for one snowflake}
Hot Glue{optional} paint, glitter – anything to embellish
Begin by taking apart 8 wooden clothespins. The wooden slats easily slide right out of the metal spring with a little maneuvering.
Each clothespin will give you two wooden pieces – simply align the flat sides of these two pieces and hot glue together.

To start the snowflake shape, take two of the ‘glued’ pieces and hot glue them together along the small angle end, as shown above.

Continue with two more ‘glued’ pieces until you have an “x” shape.

Insert the remaining four ‘glued’ pieces into each corner and secure with more hot glue.

{if you are making these into ornaments – slide a piece of thread or ribbon in between the last two pieces, before they are glued together, to create the hanger}

Your snowflake is complete and ready to embellish.

Since these are made of wood they can be embellished a number of different ways – though I think they are even pretty left plain and natural.

I used a couple as gift toppers this year since it went along with one of the gift wrap patterns.

I really like all the metallic colors so I sprayed the snowflakes with coat of Krylon Caramel Latte and finished with Krylon Glitter Spray {for a touch of glitter sparkle without the mess}

Michaels Dream Tree Challenge
To see them used as ornaments on a tree check out our 2013ย Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Project.

Have a fabulous day ~ Enjoy!


  1. Wow – they are gorgeous. I love them. Thanks for sharing, I pinned them for next year. Hopefully I’ll remember
    Greetings from Germany

  2. Beautiful idea!
    Merry Christmas!

  3. These are wonderful. I would love to make some of these for next year also! Hugs, Linda

  4. these are adorable thxs for sharing…may have to make some after the holidays……..Merry Christmas

  5. Merry Christmas from Florida!!
    These look so easy to make…my kind of ornament!
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  7. I love these! Definitely want to try for next year as I always have these clothespins on hand. Thanks for sharing.

  8. LOVE these! A must for next year! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. We lost our mother in 1994 and I got her clothespin bag. After all this time here is a beautiful way to give my siblings something from “Mom” on Christmas Day. Thank You for sharing.

  10. Great idea..
    Merry Christmas

  11. Oh My Gosh, I love these!!! I think I am going to make some as soon as Christmas is over so that I will have them for the next year. Did you see on HGTV, on Color Splash Christmas the closepin artist? He made amazing things all with closepins.

  12. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea. Something I can make with the grands.

  13. How ingenious! I love snowflakes, so I am going to have to make these!! Merry Christmas to you Stephanie!!

  14. How clever! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas

  15. These will be on my tree next year for sure,so awesome,thank you,Deidre~

  16. Cute! I’m saving this idea for next year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Very cute! Thanks for sharing : )

  18. beautiful!Merry Christmas my friend.I hope your holiday is as sweet as you are xo

  19. Very cute and clever idea Ÿ

  20. Love this, Stephanie Lynn! Had to pin it and it is being repeatedly repinned. {bonus: the “snowflake season” lasts several months!}

  21. These are just too adorable. I can’t wait to try these.

  22. Thanks, Stephanie! They are adorable. Would you mind telling us what font you used for the little Merry Christmas banner? I’m going to look for the paint tomorrow!

  23. So beautiful all here <3

  24. Seriously, how do you come up with such clever ideas! I love it! Can’t wait to make some for my tree for Christmas 2012! Gina

  25. Thanks so much for this great idea! We’re using this in our 2012 makers workshops!!! Great for all ages and so classic. We’ve added your link to our blog post. Cheers Kim

  26. Just letting you know I linked to this post in my Snowflake Unit Study.

  27. So clever and adorable! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  28. I LOVE this snowflake! I followed your tutorial and I made a mini kind ๐Ÿ™‚ here’s my post
    THANKS for the inspiration!

  29. These would make great trivets too!!!!

  30. What kind of glue did you use? I used a hot glue gun and had a horrible time getting them to stick together.

    • Hi Alana, I used a regular hot glue gun on the snowflakes and they have all held up really well. I still have the ones that were made a few years ago. The glue sticks were high temp – but I’m not sure that makes any difference. If the glue you are using is not working – you may want to try and scuff the surface of the clothespin a little with sandpaper – prior to gluing. The only thing I can think of is that there may be some sort of clear coating on the clothespin preventing the glue from adhering properly.



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