Shimmery Clothespin Snowflakes by Happiness is Homemade

    Posted by  ·  December 7, 2013

    Hi everyone! I’m Heidi from Happiness is Homemade, and I just love quick and easy crafts that add lots of pizzazz and personality to my holiday decorating scheme.

    Clothespin Snowflake Tutorial

     These clothespin snowflakes take just minutes to make, but show off lots of style with their chic metallic gold and silver sparkle.

    Clothespin Snowflake How To Tutorial


    For each snowflake you will need eight clothespins, a hot glue gun, and some paint. Start by twisting the clothespin to disassemble it, removing the spring, and separating both halves.

    How to Make a Clothespin Snowflake

    Use the hot glue gun to glue the flat sides of two clothespin halves together.

    Glue two clothespin halves back to back

    Each new pair of wood pieces will look like this. Continue gluing all of the pieces until you end up with eight of these.

    Clothespin Springs

    Any suggestions on what I could make with all the leftover springs? I hate wasting things, and I’m sure there’s a new project idea in here somewhere!

    How to Assemble a Clothespin Snowflake

    Arrange your eight clothespin pieces to form a snowflake and hot glue them together. It helps to start by gluing together the four pieces that make a + shape, and then add the other four pieces in the center spaces.

    Gold Clothespin Snowflake Christmas Decoration

    Give each snowflake a coat of paint. I used spray paint to make quick work of it, but any kind of craft or hobby paint should do the trick!

    Clothespin Winter Snowflakes

    I added some glitter to one of my gold snowflakes for even more sparkle…the holidays are ALL about sparkle and shine in my house!

    Gold & Silver Metallic Clothespin Snowflakes

    Add a string to hang on your tree or display a whole grouping on a shelf or window sill for maximum decorating impact!

    For even more holiday crafts, recipes and decorating ideas, be sure to come visit me at Happiness is Homemade!


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    1. Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
      I don't have a glue gun. For making clothespin snowflakes, will other glue hold ok?
      • Cindy
        Monday, January 8th, 2018
        Carol, I think it is worth giving a try if you use clear glue.
    2. Patricia
      Sunday, December 15th, 2013
      Found this link to a necklace made with the springs from the clothespins.
    3. Karen
      Sunday, December 15th, 2013
      love your snowflakes!

      i recently saw on a blog which escapes me now but they made necklaces out of the springs:

      i also so earrings and bracelets from that link too.

      i've also seen them used on 'cheater chopsticks':
    4. Rhoda
      Saturday, December 7th, 2013
      Was thinking that the clips could be painted and chained together as a necklace. The idea of using the clay is great. Really like that idea. Maybe the two used together somehow. A free form sculpture would be good too. Or stretched out for arms on a puppet. Will look forward to seeing what you come up with in the future.
    5. Stephanie F. Asbridge
      Saturday, December 7th, 2013
      Hi Heidi. These are very pretty! And you could use the springs for steampunk jewelry. Or somehow make a bracelet out of them. Oooo.....maybe they would make a good zipper pull.
    6. Suzanne
      Saturday, December 7th, 2013
      What a stellar use of the clothespin!
    7. Kristal
      Saturday, December 7th, 2013
      I wonder if you could use them to make pendants. Like with polymer clay by embedding the two ends into the clay before baking and then use the spring to thread the chain through?