The inspiration for these ornaments was a craft project, Gingerbread Min Clothespins, on Eyeballsbyday’s craft blog which is expertly written and photographed by Maggie. As I didn’t have any mini clothespins on-hand I used regular sized ones. Also I don’t paint that well – I need LOTS more practice – so I punched some dots & hearts from craft foam for the buttons, found some mini googley eyes and some fine white cord to make the mouth. I cut some “icing” from white craft foam with zigzag scissors. I painted the clothespins with FolkArt Cinnamon Acrylic Paint and let them dry. Then I glued all the attachments on the clothespins and daubed on some pink checks. I did try my hand at painting features on some of them using a toothpick for the brush.
The project also inspired me to make gingerbread men from cinnamon sticks. Again I painted some and glued attachments on others. I glued on a piece of jute for a hanger.
One of the things I have gotten for FREE on listia.com (a great site!) was some mini vinyl gingerbread men (Oriental Trading sells these). Since I was making clothespins ornaments I thought, “Hey!, why not glue these bad boys on clothespins too?” I did and they came out cute too. I am wondering if they would look better on natural or white-painted clothespins. I use E-6000 glue to attach the vinyl gingerbread men to the clothespins. I used white glue first but the gingerbread men broke off when I pinched the clothespins to attach it to a tree limb.
The last thing I added to my mini tree were some fabric wrapped candy canes also inspired by a craft project on Maggie’s blog. I really liked how the ones wrapped in white muslin and then wrapped with red rick-rack turned out.
Take a look and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you!