I hope your Monday was good to you. We all know how those Mondays can be.
My sisters and I run a small wreath business every year, so I am happily home visiting creating crafts with some free time. Yesterday I shared some festive glitter pinecones!
Today I’m sharing a decorative Christmas tree I created today that was so simple, but is SO beautiful!
Here’s what you will need:
Clothespins new, old, or both!
Glue gun and sticks
Empty paper towel roll or toilet roll
The first step is to decide what you want your tree to look like. Would you like the look of weathered wood, or would you prefer lighter, newer, wood? I used a mixture of both to create a fun ombre effect! You could even decide to paint it!
You then want to gather your clothespins and remove the spring from them. This is pretty easy to do, you just need to pull the ‘handles’ of the clothespins in the opposite direction to widen the metal, then wiggle both sides out!
Decide how big you want your tree to be. I used an entire paper towel roll for a fairly tall tree, but this could be cut down to create a shorter size. A toilet paper roll would create a lovely little tree! 🙂 If you decide to paint your tree, apply a thin layer of your paint to the roll so it’s less noticeable underneath of the clothespins in areas that aren’t covered.
Using your glue gun, start gluing the pieces of clothespins to the roll with the ‘inside’ portion of the pin side down. The area you want to glue is the slanted part at the tip. You can move the positioning slightly which is what I did to create a not-so-perfect wild looking tree.
Each layer you glue on try and glue above an area in-between the two below to be sure they aren’t stacked and you can cover as much area as possible. It’s okay if you see a bit of the roll underneath since it should be a similar colour to your pins.
When you’re near the top you want to glue the middle of the clothes pin to the top area of the roll. The layer that finishes the tree off will be glued on top of this, so you want to have it pretty secure.
I finished off the top by holding two sides of a clothespin with glue in the middle over the roll to see how wide they needed to be set apart, when this was dry I used it as my base to finish off the top. I then started gluing more pieces around this at different angles until it created a ‘cap’ on the tree.
Notice where wood from the ‘cap’ touches the rest of the tree, slightly lift and sneak some glue in there to finish it off.
Optional: If your two and a half year old nephew is helping you, he may bring you a tiny grapevine from the craft bag and suggest you build a nest (Seriously, he is so crafty!). You won’t be able to say no, so glue some Spanish moss and a craft bird on top and apply to your tree. 😉
Now you are finished! How easy is that? I had a lot of fun making this, and I can’t wait to make another slightly shorter tree to compliment it! I’m visiting family right now, but I think it will end up sitting on our mantel for Christmas.
Let me know if you create this clothespin Christmas tree for yourself! I would love to see how it turns out and any creative spins you take to reflect your style!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial!
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