DIY Clothespin Christmas Tree Ornament

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This adorable clothespin Christmas tree makes such a fun holiday craft for kids! They can use them as Christmas ornaments for their own tree but they also make great gifts for friends, teachers or anyone else who deserves a little Christmas cheer!

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Christmas tree ornaments

Want a fun craft project to make with the kids this holiday season? This cute clothespin Christmas tree is perfect for this time of year. Not only will they have a great time making it but they’ll have a fun homemade ornament for the big tree.

When they’re done, they can also have fun making a clothespin reindeer, clothespin Santa hat and this adorable clothespin turkey craft!

Clothespin Christmas Tree

Kids of all ages will have so much fun making this cute clothespin craft. Their little tree ornament can be as simple or as fancy as they like, depending on what they want to add. In the end they’ll have a holiday craft that’s uniquely their own.

Clothespin Christmas Trees on green pine needles

Another bonus is that these clothespin Christmas trees are very budget-friendly! All you need are wooden clothespins, craft paint and a few other basic craft supplies.

Clothespin Christmas Tree materials

You should be able to find a lot of what you need at your local Dollar Tree. While you’re there, you can pick up the supplies to make a cute paintbrush Santa ornament too.

Your kids can make these clothespin Christmas tree ornaments in about 30 minutes. Ready to get started?

Clothespin Christmas Tree Ornaments
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DIY Clothespin Christmas Tree Craft

Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
This adorable clothespin Christmas tree craft is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained over the holidays!



  • First, assemble all of your supplies and remove the metal spring from your standard wooden clothespins.
  • Take three full wooden clothespins and line them up to create a wedge shape. Use a hot glue gun to attach the wooden clothespin pieces together.
    Clothespins glued in a triangle shape
  • Paint front, back and sides of the Christmas tree with the green paint, then set aside to dry.
  • While waiting for the tree to dry, paint wooden stars with bright yellow craft paint. Set the stars aside to dry too. Add a second coat of paint, if necessary.
    Christmas tree base and star
  • Measure and cut the chenille stem into three sections. This will be the garland. Use the fine tip of the liquid glue to attach each piece across the tree. Add mini buttons as ornaments and glue a star securely to the top of the tree.
    Clothespin Christmas tree with decorations
  • Paint a wooden craft stick with dark brown acrylic craft paint. Let dry, then add a second coat if needed. Use the glue gun to attach the craft stick to the back of the tree.
    Craft sticks painted brown
  • Finally, cut 12” of natural jute twine, tie it in a loop with a knot and use the glue gun to glue twine to the top of the tree. Be sure the loop is large enough to hang on a tree branch.
  • Now your adorable clothespin Christmas ornament is ready for the tree!
    Clothespin Christmas Tree Ornament


  • Hot Glue Alternative: If you don’t have a hot glue gun or you’ve run out of glue sticks, you can substitute liquid craft glue instead. However, it will take longer for your craft to dry if you go this route. 
  • If working with young kids, you can skip the hot glue gun and use liquid glue in it’s place. Just be sure to set aside extra time to let the glue dry.
  • If you don’t have a wooden star, you can cut one out of construction paper or craft paper.

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Kids will have so much fun creating their very own clothespin Christmas crafts to gift to family members, use as Christmas decor or make into gift tags. It’s also the perfect addition to your Christmas tree!

Clothespin Christmas tree on white background

However you decide to use it, it’s a great craft that everyone in the family will enjoy!

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  1. Melissa H. says:

    I really think this is cute and easy for children to do. Thank you for sharing.

    1. You’re so welcome! It’s one of my favorites for the holidays!

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