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I have such fond memories of making ornaments with my kids when they were younger. This clothespin Christmas tree ornament will look lovely hanging on yours!
When I moved out of my house, my mom presented me with a box of ornaments for my first Christmas tree. Among that collection of ornaments was every ornament I made in school when I was growing up. I had a candy cane reindeer, a mouse in a walnut shell, and a few others.
I knew that I wanted to continue that tradition with my own kids. So, with my kids (and my students), I always made it a point to make a new ornament every Christmas.
Clothespin Christmas Tree Ornament
If you and your kids love making homemade ornaments, you’ll want to add these clothespin Christmas tree ornaments to your collection. They’re easy to make, and kids can make them as unique as they are!
What you’ll need
What you’ll do
Twist the clothespins to remove the metal portion.
Glue two pieces of the clothespin together. Flat side to flat side. Refer to the photo.
Glue two of the clothespins that have been glued together to each other. Glue the flat parts together creating a “v” type shape. Refer to the photo.
Glue two pieces of clothespin on each side. Flat side facing out. Refer to the photo.
Paint the clothespins and allow them to dry completely.
Glue the pipe cleaners onto the trees.
Glue a star to the top of the tree.
Decorate the tree by gluing colorful mini pom poms all over it. You could also use sequins, buttons, beads etc.
Turn over and glue twine or ribbon on the back to hang on tree.
Your clothespin Christmas trees are done! These make great gifts for family members. The kids will have a blast making these and wrapping them up.
Now that you’ve got a fun Christmas tree ornament to hang on the tree, why don’t you and the kids snuggle up with some fun Christmas tree-themed picture books!
12 Christmas Tree Picture Books
• Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree | Christmas is here and Mr. Willowby’s tree has arrived! There’s just one big problem . . . the tree is too tall to fit in his parlor.
• The Little Fir Tree | Once there was a tree that stood in a field away from the other trees. It longed to be part of the forest—or part of anything at all. After many lonely years, its dream came true. And the little fir tree’s life changed forever!
• The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever | It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and Clayton and Desmond feel the chill in the air. The cool weather makes them think of Christmas . . . and Christmas makes them think of Christmas trees! Who’ll find the biggest one?
• The Last Christmas Tree | Among the grand balsam firs and pines at the Christmas tree lot is a little hunched tree that is missing several branches. Still, no tree is more filled with the spirit of Christmas. As the weeks go by, many others are selected but still the little tree keeps up its hope of finding the perfect family. On Christmas Eve, now the last tree in the lot, a special visitor (Ho, Ho, Ho!) might just give the little tree what it wants most of all.
• The Christmas Tree Ship | It was November of 1912. With Captain Herman Scheunemann at its helm, the Rouse Simmons set off from the small Northern Michigan town of Manistique with its traditional load of trees bound for Chicago. The captain would sell the trees for 50 cents or $1.00 and even gave many away to needy families. The ship had been affectionately nicknamed the Christmas Tree Ship.
• The Christmas Eve Tree | When the ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him; they prefer the big tall trees. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take the tree, and down by the river in a cardboard box, decorated with a few candles, the tree finds itself at the centre of a magical Christmas Eve it will never forget.
• A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree | An overgrown pine tree feels sad as another Christmas passes without him being picked to be a Christmas tree. Can his forest friends help him see that he is needed all year long?
• Apple Tree Christmas | In 1881, when their apple tree is felled by a storm just before Christmas, a young farm girl and her family discover that the tree was important to each of them for different reasons.
• Oh! Christmas Tree! | Santa sees all kinds of Christmas trees! Travel around the world, under the sea, and into outer space to discover trees that are whimsical and festive. This book is sure to bring Christmas cheer to story time.
• Night Tree | By moonlight in the quiet forest, a young boy and his family decorate their favorite tree with popcorn, apples, tangerines, and sunflower-seed balls as a gift for the animals of the woods.
• The Legend of the Christmas Tree | On a visit to a tree lot, the Johnson family sees three beautifully decorated trees standing in the center of the lot. A mysterious silver gift-wrapped box is under one of the trees. The old lot owner notices their intrigue and what he tells them, not only marks the beginning of a new family tradition, but also brings meaning and understanding into their Christmas celebration.
• The Pine Tree Parable | This is a tale of a farmer and his family who nurture tiny seedlings into fragrant Christmas trees. When the trees are tall enough to offer to their neighbors, the farmer’s wife plans to keep the most beautiful pine tree for her family, until one snowy December night when a child teaches her the true meaning of Christmas.