DOLLAR STORE CLOTHESPIN CARROT CRAFT
This adorable DOLLAR STORE CLOTHESPIN CARROT CRAFT is brought to you by the amazing, talented and creative Beth Watson from Creatively Beth! I am hopping over here to Laura’s blog to share a little Dollar Store crafting love with all of you. Laura and I are what you could call “crafty besties” and spend a lot of time collaborating and sharing ideas. I hope you love this darling little project.
Wooden clothespins and simple supplies from the Dollar Store transform into the sweetest Clothespin Carrots to welcome Spring.
- Wooden Spring-Style Clothespins – Dollar Store
- Acrylic Craft Paint – My favorite brand is DecoArt Americana for projects like this.
- Low Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Assorted Ribbons and Trims in a variety of Greens
First, gather all materials and remove supplies from packaging. Remove metal springs from wooden clothespins and set aside. Attach two clothespin halves together, back-to-back using a glue gun and glue sticks. Liquid craft glue can be used, but you will have to wait for it to dry.
Next, basecoat the front, back and sides of the wooden clothespins with primary orange acrylic craft paint. Let dry and apply a second coat, if necessary. Use a variety of shades of orange for added interest.
Third, measure and cut six-inch lengths of assorted green ribbons and trims with a ruler and scissors. Use a fun mix of colors, patterns, and textures of ribbons and trims. This project is a great way to use up scraps!
Gather the five to six assorted ribbons and trims together, then tie the group in a knot at the center. Apply a small dot of glue from a glue gun at the top of the knot and press ribbon ends together. This will prevent the ribbon leaves from flopping around. Attach the green ribbon leaves to the top of the clothespin carrots using a glue gun and glue sticks. Press the ribbons and clothespins together tightly until glue cools completely.
This quick and easy Dollar Store Clothespin Carrot Craft goes together in just about 30 minutes with limited supplies that you probably already have in your stash. A fun addition to a tiered tray, Easter basket or home décor display to celebrate Spring!
Preparation Steps for Painting with Kids
Okay, it’s Laura again – jumping back in.
A lot of you do my craft project witih kiddos. One of the biggest factors in creating successful paint crafts with kids lies in the prep. Here are four things you can do to prepare for a great time crafting.
- Expect a little mess. Prep your area knowing that paint can spill, drip and splatter. Cover your work are with kraft paper before starting.
- Provide aprons for the kids. If you don’t want to but them, they can wear old adult sized shirts as aprons.
- Have paper towels nearby and ready if needed.
- Know the dry time of the project before starting. If there are several steps, there might be a dry time involved. Have a puzzle or activity on hand to do during that in between time. You can grab free ones here on the blog.
More Carrot Crafts
I am loving this string art carrot hanging up in my home at this very minute. Get all of the details to make your own.
If you are looking for spring gift tags, these are really fun and simple to make.
Grab LOADS more carrot craft ideas here on the bloggity blog. Just search carrot craft!Carot Cr
Ten Reasons to Craft
I am going to say this again. Crafting is just a great idea. It is proven that crafting can be really good for mental and emotional health. Studies show that making and crafting can lower anxiety. Another benefit to crafting is that it creates connection. When we make things and give them to others, we spread kindness and love. Here are my top ten reasons to craft with kids, and I mean kids of all ages.
- Mental Health Benefits – Crafting puts me in a good mood.
- Self Expression – Crafting allows me to express myself.
- Education and Growth – I learn new skills by making things.
- Connection – Crafting connects me others through workshops, classes and gifting.
- Decor – Through making and crafting, I can totally customize every aspect of my decor.
- Gift Giving – Gifts is totally my love language. I love to make handmade gifts.
- Offline Time – Crafting keeps me off of my phone and social media. We all know this can be beneficial.
- Income – Because I craft and sell items that I make, I have an additional income source.
- Fun – I like to have fun and to me, making things is fun.
- Socializing – Attending events where crafting is a part gets me out and around others with like minds.