I’m not super crafty, but when it comes to handmade Christmas ornaments, man do I love to experiment! I’m participating in an ornament swap with my fellow Three Angels adoptive mamas this month, so I had some fun putting together a travel-themed ornament for my secret Sister today.
I started with some clothespins I got at the grocery store (image 1). I removed the metal springs from eight of them (image 2), and then hot glued them together in pairs- flat side to flat side (image 3).
Next, I pulled a couple of leaves and three white berries off a Christmas sprig (Michaels), and then hot-glued all eight clothespins together, like this:
After that, I painted some small wooden letters (Michaels) with some leftover Dutch Tile Blue paint (Sherwin Williams)…
…and then hot-glued the letters W, N, E, and S to the front of the clothespins, along with the berries and leaves:
I also used hot glue to attached a loop of green and white twine to the back of the ornament so that it could hang.
I haven’t really felt ready to pull out our Christmas decorations yet, but making that little ornament definitely got me excited about what’s coming up in the next few weeks! Since I’ve got oodles of them, I think I’ll experiment with a whole bunch of different kinds of clothespin snowflake ornaments for our tree this year.
How about you? Are you ready to start decking the halls?