Holiday Clothespins

I know, I know. It’s too early for Christmas, but you know how these art magazine challenges go. The holiday stuff needs to be sent in now!

I’m submitting these for the ‘Homemade Holiday” challenge for Somerset Life, so think  *holidays* for just a few minutes.

I took plain wooden clothespins and clipped them on a line outside and let them age for 3 months.

Then I gave them a wash of antique white.


I decorated these clothespins with embroidery thread, wire, beads, tissue tape, and a few other odds and ends.  Last but not least, I sprinkled them with some frosty crystal glitter.

I recycled these magnetic calendars from last year, gluing pieces onto the backs of the pins.

Now they can be used as magnets, too.

A set of three would make a wonderful gift.

They can be used to display photos on the refrigerator, as a pretty embellishment on a package,  an easy way to clip a gift card onto the tree…I’m sure you can come up with many more uses for holiday clothespins!

This package is wrapped in butcher paper, netting from a bag of onions, and then tied with some tulle scraps, with the clothespin clipped on.


Thanks so much for coming by~

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Beautiful and Easy Gift Idea – “Bottle Lights”

Here’s a quick and easy gift idea!

Take an empty bottle : wine, seltzer, sparkling juice, mineral water, etc….

If the label looks cool, keep it on. If not, you can remove it with soap and warm water.

Take a strand of 50 lights and thread them down into the bottle.

About half way in, the lights begin to get stuck, so you need a stick or something long and thing to help stuff them down the rest of the way. I used a wooden dowel.

Then you can decorate the neck of the bottle however you like.

I made several of these bottles for Knox’s nurses and therapists. I kept them simple using different ribbons, jingle bells, and bits of flower picks.

It’s also a good idea to secure the cord in the back so the light strand won’t come out.


Hope you’re having a week full of yuletide pleasures!