Make these adorable clothespin Christmas crafts this season. Choose from an elf, Santa or snowman. We love how cute the snowman is standing on his hands. These Christmas characters are easy to put together with our free printable templates too!

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Clothespin Christmas Crafts for Kids

Clothespin Christmas Crafts

If you’re looking for a simple and easy Christmas craft activity then look no further. These are easy to make with our free printable templates. You can get the templates by subscribing on the form with the preview of the template at the bottom of the post.

We love how much fun these are to make but also that kids can play with them after! You can also put them up around the home or classroom as holiday decoration.

Christmas Clothespin Santa Elf Snowman

 

Supplies Needed to Make These Clothespin Christmas Crafts

Snowman:
-White, black, red, orange cardstock
-Googly eyes
-Small fine sharpie
-Red glitter paper
-Clothespins – 2 regular
-Dark brown paint

Santa:
-Red glitter paper
-Black cardstock
-White cardstock
-Light beige paint
-Small red pom pom, small white pom pom
-Cotton balls
-Googly eyes
-Clothespins – 2 regular, 2 small
-Gold glitter paper
-Red paint

Elf:
-Green glitter paper
-Red cardstock
-White cardstock
-Light beige paint
-Small red pom pom, small white pom pom
-Cotton balls
-Googly eyes
-Clothespins – 2 regular, 2 small
-Green paint, pink paint
-Small fine point sharpie

What kind of glue should I use? Hot glue is always going to work best when working with pom poms and googly eyes, but for younger kids you can also use an extra-strong glue like this one. Just make sure to let it thoroughly dry and press and hold for the glue to take.

What paint works best? We like to use acrylic paint. You can get a whole set of our favorite brand here.

 

Watch the full tutorial video here!

Steps to Make These Clothespin Christmas Crafts

First paint all of the clothespins their respective colors. Paint red for the Santa, green for the elf and brown for the snowman.

Then assemble the Christmas characters:

Snowman:

Snowman Clothespin Craft
Cut out the template elements and trace around colored cardstock.

Snowman Template Cut Out

Make the face:
Add a strip of red glitter paper to the hat and trim to size. Add googly eyes. Cut out a nose and glue down. Draw on the mouth with a black fine sharpie.

Snowman Face Clothespin Craft
Glue the mittens to the end of the clothespins (leave some space at the bottom so it can stand up). There needs to be a little bit of space at the bottom of the clothespin or the paper will stop the character from standing up straight.

Glue the boots to the body.

Glue Clothespin Snowman
Glue the head to the body.
Add the clothespins.

Snowman Clothespin Kids Craft

Santa:

Santa Clothespin Craft
Cut out the template elements and trace around colored cardstock.

Clothespin Santa Template
Make the face:
Paint the face with a light beige paint. Add a pom pom nose and googly eyes. Glue a pom pom to the top of the hat then glue on cotton balls for the brim of the hat.

Glue the hat to the head. Then add cotton balls around the face for the beard.

Make Santa Head Clothespin Craft

Make the body:
Color the template as is with the belt. Or create your own!

To create your own: glue a strip of black to the body. Add a gold glitter belt on top.

You can make the belt by cutting out a square of the gold glitter paper. Fold the square over slightly to make a slit in the middle and then cut around the inside.

Make Santa Belt Clothespin Craft
Glue the head to the body.
Add the mittens and boots to the clothespins. Glue cotton ball pieces to the end of the mitts. There needs to be a little bit of space at the bottom of the clothespin (below the boot) or the paper will stop the character from standing up straight.

Add the clothespins to the body.

Clothespin Santa Craft

Elf:

Elf Clothespin Craft
Cut out the template elements and trace around colored cardstock.

First use the circle template to trace around the green glitter cardstock for the body. Then cut out the shirt detail and use that to trace around red cardstock.

Elf Clothespin Craft Template
Make the face:
Paint the face with the light beige paint. Add a pom pom nose and googly eyes. Add a pom pom to the top of the hat. Glue on cotton balls for the brim of the hat.

Glue the hat to the head.

Add cheeks with pink paint.

Make a smirk face with the fine point sharpie and make ear marks.

Elf Make Face Clothespin Craft

Make the body:
Using the shirt template, cut out a red trim for the shirt and glue on top of the body piece.
Glue the head to the body.

Elf Craft Template Clothespin Craft

Add the mittens and boots to the clothespins. There needs to be a little bit of space at the bottom of the clothespin (below the boot) or the paper will stop the character from standing up straight.

Add the clothespins to the body.

Clothespin Elf Craft

We love how easy these clothespin Christmas crafts are to make! Make one or make all three this Christmas!

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