how to make book-inspired clothespin ornaments

December 3, 2009

I found a really amazing vintage book a few weeks ago at a local used book store. It's called McCall's Golden Do-It Book "Crafts, projects and activities for boys and girls from 6 to 14", published in 1969.

It has all kinds of projects for kids to do and the illustrations are beautiful. This is one of the projects that appealed to me. It's called Clothespin Fantasies.


I have a bunch of these old-fashioned clothespins from a previous activity, so I thought maybe Juliet and I could give it a try.

Look how cute these are!

I think the Giant Fly is my favorite.

Juliet is intrigued by the airplane.



I was all set to make these, until I read the materials...

Coping saw and pocket knife? Not exactly preschooler-friendly, so I will have to wait a few more years before Juliet and I can actually make these together.

Until then, I thought we could make some that did not require any sawing or use of blades.

Take one regular clothespin.

Glue on pom poms to make a caterpillar (inspired by one of our favorite Eric Carle books: A Very Hungry Caterpillar), add googly eyes and wait for it to dry.

Inspired by P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother?, we created a "mama bird and a baby bird" by gluing on a feather and three pom poms. Adding googly eyes and a triangle shaped foam completes the look.

Using a sharpie, I wrote Juliet's name and the year on the bottom so we will always remember when we made these together.

And we hung them on our tree.

I'm linking up to Mama Jenn's Kiddos Create carnival! Check out her site for more great clothespin ideas!

Do you have any fun clothespin ideas or craft books to share? I'd love to hear about them!

5 comments:

Calgarydaddy said...

Pretty cool activities. I guess this is what people did before the interweb?

Shane

Zoe said...

I love it that you can so easily clip these on the tree - and they look perfect :-)
I'm dying to know what you and Juliet made of Next, Please - do let me know!

Jackie said...

Very cute idea. I love old books like that, too.

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

The birdies are cute!

Mama Jenn said...

That book looks amazing! I wonder if I can find it at my library!! Hmmmm. Your birds are adorable!!! Thanks for linking up!

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