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.

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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.

 

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Tiny Bird Cages

I had two bottle caps left over from my Christmas ornaments and I couldn’t throw them away.

I decided to make some tiny bird cages with them.

The caps were painted with white acrylic and dried grape stems (of course!) were glued inside the caps.

I made tiny birds out of pink Sculpey and set them in the tiny trees.

These are the tiniest birds I’ve ever made, only about a quarter of an inch long.

The bird was glued into the tree with a dab of hot glue.

The wire is 18 gauge–I like it because it’s easy to bend back and forth and break off without using wire cutters.

Instead of trying to create a traditional looking cage, I snipped some off and let it retain it’s spiral shape.

One end of the spiral was fitted around the cap and glued on with Gorilla Glue.

I tapered the spirals and made a hook at the top.

Cotton was stuffed down into the cap and baby pink yarn was wrapped around it.

I tied on pink ribbon and hung a silver heart from the top.

Valentine’s Day is only 3 weeks away!

We’ve been busy making ornaments for our Valentine’s tree using only craft scraps and stuff around the house.  I hope you’ll come back and see it.

Have a great week!