Poinsettia Clothespin Ornament
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 5 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
Poinsettias are the Christmas flower. These vibrant coffee filter poinsettias are a gorgeous addition to your tree!
What you'll need:
- 1 basket type coffee filter
- 1 wooden clothespin
- Red acrylic paint
- Red watercolor paint
- Red glitter glue
- 1 green chenille stem
- ½ of a yellow chenille stem
- White craft glue
How to make it:
- Lay coffee filter on covered work surface--a paper towel works great.
- Swirl a wet paintbrush in the red watercolor paint until the paint seems thick. You want a thick red paint for this project, not watered down.
- Paint the coffee filter with the red watercolor paint and set aside to dry completely.
- Paint the clothespin with red acrylic paint.
- When filter is dry, pipe a border of red glitter glue around the outer edge of the filter. Leave alone to dry for several hours.
- Combine the yellow and green chenille stems by twisting them together end to end to make one long stem. Cut about 2” off the green end of the chenille and set aside.
- When coffee filter is dry, poke the yellow end of the chenille stem through the center of the coffee filter. Leave 3” of yellow chenille sticking through the filter. Gather together the bottom of the filter with your fingers.
- Wrap the 2” piece of green chenille around the gathered filter.
- Bend and twist the yellow chenille around in the center of the leaves in order to make a small yellow flower.
- Wrap the long end of the chenille stem around the red clothespin, making sure that the clothespin has the ability to be opened and closed. Add some glue around the chenille where it touches to clothespin to reinforce.
- Attach to tree branch with the clothespin.
- As an option, you can use a pair of scissors and cut the “petals” of the flower. These are actually not petals but modified leaves called “bracts”.
- Be sure to use a sturdy clothespin. Very inexpensive ones break easily.
- The yellow center of the poinsettia is actually the flower called “cyathia”.