Fancy Clothespin Snowflakes

November 24, 2020Allison Murray
These fancy clothespin snowflakes are gorgeous as is and extra special when flocked. Get the full tutorial to easily make these!

These fancy clothespin snowflakes are gorgeous as is and extra special when flocked. Get the full tutorial to easily make these!

These fancy clothespin snowflakes are gorgeous as is and extra special when flocked. Get the full tutorial to easily make these!

November has been quite a month. I’ve been spending a lot of time with family which is really pretty great. But I’ve also been so busy. You wouldn’t know it here from my lack of posting but I promise… I’ve been working my rear off. And I even have the dark circles under my eyes to prove it :)

Even with all of the effort I’ve put out things are still a bit daunting. I’ve got THREE Christmas trees in various stages of decoration completion in my house (was 4 but lights went out on a brand new tree and it was returned), 4,788 unread emails (egads!), AND Thanksgiving meal prep beginning tomorrow.

Nevertheless, as busy as I’ve been, I’m really happy I got to make some fancy clothespin snowflakes this year. It’s hardly my first go making snowflakes out of clothespins (or my second) but as I looked at a box of pretty glittered ones from a few years ago, I realized that they can be made better. They can be FANCY with just a little bit of variation in placement. Plus the addition of a plush layer of flocked snow on top and you would never even GUESS there were clothespins under there, now would you?

Want to see how to make your own fancy clothespins in all of their natural wood or fuzzily flocked goodness?

These fancy clothespin snowflakes are gorgeous as is and extra special when flocked. Get the full tutorial to easily make these!

Supplies Needed to Make Your Own Fancy Clothespin Snowflakes:

Flocking material isn’t something most people have in their craft stash. Last year I flocked a Christmas tree for my parents’ house. It was a surprising mix of easy and frustrating. But I still love my mom’s flocked tree because that sucker is seriously flocked. None of the light dusting but thick, lush layers of snow seems to have fallen on every branch. Since I purchased a whopping 5-pound box of flock material, I have a ton of it left. You can, however, purchase a much more economical 1-pound package of flock. Or if this craft is going to wait until next year, anyway, buy your flock in the summer when it’s ridiculously cheaper.

If you’re wondering if it’s worth it to purchase flock for this single project, know that I have a couple more ways to use flock in the works!

How to make Fancy Clothespin Snowflakes:

Take apart several clothespins and get rid of the springs.

Take apart several clothespins and get rid of the springs.

Apply just a very, very thin line of tacky glue to the clothespins.

Apply just a very, very thin line of tacky glue to the clothespins. (This prevents any big bulges of dried glue that become magnified when flocked.)

Press the clothespin together firmly and wipe away any glue that seeps out.

Press the clothespin together firmly and wipe away any glue that seeps out.

Depending on the pattern of your fancy snowflake, you'll need to glue your clothespins in the 2 ways shown above.

Depending on the pattern of your fancy snowflake, you’ll need to glue your clothespins in the 2 ways shown above.

There are three designs in this tutorial. Two can be done with 8 clothespins and the third can be made with 10.

There are three designs in this tutorial. Two can be done with 8 clothespins and the third can be made with 10.

Above are the layouts for the 3 fancy designs we used. Feel free to experiment and make your own designs, too!

Use minimal glue and clean up any that oozes out when putting your snowflakes together. Once pieced lay them on a flat surface and allow the glue plenty of time to dry. Overnight is best. Once fully dry test the joins and reattach any arms of the snowflake that are loose.

These fancy clothespin snowflakes are gorgeous as is and extra special when flocked. Get the full tutorial to easily make these!

If you’re leaving your fancy clothespins natural, add a ribbon if needed to hang.

How to Make Flocked Clothespin Snowflakes

Flock is nasty business when it comes to your lungs. Please wear a mask when flocking your snowflakes.

Place your snowflake on an easy to clean surfacePlace your snowflake on an easy to clean surface (I'm using clear plastic poster board) and brush with Mod Podge. Make sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies.

Place your snowflake on an easy to clean surface (I’m using clear plastic poster board) and brush the top side with Mod Podge. Make sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies.

 

Place the snowflake wet side down inside of the bag of flock. If you have leftover from other projects you might want to just toss your snowflakes in the bag the material came in. If you have other projects in mind, you might want to transfer some flock to a large zipper bag.

Carefully move the snowflake around in the flock until all of the adhesive is covered. Lay the snowflake newly flocked side up.

Place the snowflake with the still wet Mod Podge into a bag of flock. If you have leftover from other projects you might want to just toss your snowflakes in the bag the material came in. If you have other projects in mind, you might want to transfer some flock to a large zipper bag. Carefully move the snowflake around in the flock until all of the adhesive is covered. Lay the snowflake newly flocked side up.

Place the snowflake with the still wet Mod Podge into a bag of flock. If you have leftover from other projects you might want to just toss your snowflakes in the bag the material came in. If you have other projects in mind, you might want to transfer some flock to a large zipper bag.

Carefully move the snowflake around in the flock until all of the adhesive is covered. Lay the snowflake newly flocked side up.

Lightly spritz the still wet flock with water from a water bottle. Be sure to use spray and not stream on the nozzle setting. Allow the snowflake time to fully dry, at least 4 hours.

Lightly spritz the still wet flock with water from a water bottle. Be sure to use spray and not stream on the nozzle setting. Allow the snowflake time to fully dry, at least 4 hours.

Repeat for the other side of the snowflake. If necessary, apply a second coat of Mod Podge and flock to either spot repair or to more fully fill out the snow on your flocked clothespin snowflakes.

These fancy clothespin snowflakes are gorgeous as is and extra special when flocked. Get the full tutorial to easily make these!

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