Were you wondering what those clothespins were for on my crafting list?
Actually, I take that back. I’ve seen pictures of enough craft challenges to know that any crafter could come up with something crazy, and possibly beautiful while locked in a padded room with a handful of MacGyver worthy materials.
I bought a pack of mini clothespins from my local crafts store for about four bucks. You need eight clothespins to make one snowflakes, so I was pleased that I could get three snowflakes out of mine. The tutorial for the snowflakes is at this rad site I just discovered Under the Table and Dreaming.
In a nutshell, you destroy the clothespin, flip it and reverse it (Missy Misdemeanor style) and glue it back together. See my destruction here on the right. (Yes, that is a KnitPicks catalog I’m working on. And yes, I learned real quick that this was not the best surface to work on given glue’s tendency to um…stick to paper.)
Then you play connect the dots, making a cross with the clips, smother with glue, then insert the rest to make a snowflake, more glue. The directions call for hot glue, but I didn’t have any and am too impatient to wait. So I used craft glue and well, so far so good. We will see how they hold up. For now, looking pretty spectacular resting in my tree.
These make beautiful decorations for my tiny tree, but I plan on using my snowflake to decorate a gift for my Secret Santa gift exchange at work. Did you see how pretty that package is on the Pinterest picture?