Little Drummer Boy Christmas Clothespin Tutorial is SO fun. These are easy to made in bulk, look adorable, and is a favorite in our house. I mean, who doesn’t love working with clothing pins! Look below to grab this free tutorial and step by step instructions on your very own and easily customizable Christmas Tree Ornaments .
As a blogger I take on a lot of different projects. I know you may visit other blogs and see just cooking or just crafting or just product reviews, but I am one of those people that can’t focus so I end up being a modge podge of things that I love and hope there is someone out there reading that just “gets it.” But one thing I really love and look forward to every single year is Christmas Crafting.
I told myself this past November that I would set aside some time to showcase some easy tutorials for Christmas Ornament crafting. After all, a good percentage of us decorate a tree and while there are hoards of gorgeous ornaments to buy, there is nothing more special every year than taking out something that you and your family made the year before. That is why I am going to do my BEST to publish 25 DIY Christmas Ornament tutorials this month that you can do in your home and look forward to decorating with every year.
I know, that’s a heck of a goal, but I need it. I need to get behind the paint, glitter and hot glue. I need to get into the Christmas spirit and because we don’t get snow, this is the next best thing.
To kick off my ambitious Christmas goal this year, I am starting with sharing a Little Drummer Boy Christmas Clothespin Tutorial. As you will see, this ornament can be altered easily to be a nutcracker or soldier, so feel free to decorate him how you love. The one thing I want to share while making the Little Drummer boy is the order of the paint. After doing about 10 of them and coating my fingers in paint from being too impatient to wait for each section to dry, I came up with a system.
Little Drummer Boy Christmas Clothespin Tutorial
First things first, you will need
- Paint (I use Red, Blue, Black, White, Brown)
- A permanent black marker with a tiny tip
- Black pom poms (tiny)
- String of any color (thin works best)
- Clothespins with Round Head
Things you will love about Little Drummer Boy Tutorial: Clothespins come in bags of quite a few so you can make a TON of these to go all over the tree. They look adorable on the tree AND as a bonus, kids can easily get involved.
How hard is the Little Drummer Boy to make? I give this craft a 2 on a scale to 10. It’s super easy however the face can be hard to get just right if you use a wider tip pen. In addition, you need to bring your patience or you will end up with paint all over you.
How expensive is the Little Drummer Boy to make? As long as you already have paint and paintbrushes (and most people do) a bag of clothespins runs about $2.99 and the pompoms were 99cents. I purchased my supplies at Hobby Lobby but you can grab some just as easily on Amazon.
First Paint the flesh colored head. I mixed brown and white so I could decide the exact color, but if you have a tone you want already, you can do that. Keep in mind a darker face may be harder to show a mouth and eyes on.
Once dry, hot glue a tiny black pom pom on the head of your clothes pin.
This is important.
You will use his “hat” to hold while you paint the rest.
Once the hat is secure (should take just a few seconds), you can paint the red shirt and blue pants. Then stand to dry. Once dry, paint a black stripe in middle as a “belt”. It’s at this point I recommend waiting for your clothespin to dry completely. Once dry, you can dot on the eyes and mouth with a marker.
Note that paint BLEEDS on wood and just do a tiny spec or you may mess up the face. I tried a black paint marker and they didn’t turn out as cute.
You can now add details like buttons or a Criss Cross for a drummer.
Ready for more Christmas?
Try my Peppermint Christmas Slime for some fun!