Christmas Clothespin Soldiers

Christmas Clothespin Soldiers

Posted by DecoArt on Nov 25th 2014

Clothespins become a traditional holiday plaything with the magic of Americana Acrylic color.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • #3 round brush
    • #6 flat brush
    • 1/2" flat brush
    • toothpicks
    • hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • wooden doll pins
    • wooden doll pin stands
    • medium black pompons
    • white craft glue



    Allow to dry between painting steps.

    1. Place each doll pin into a doll pin stand. (This will make them easier to work with.)
    2. Use 1/2” flat brush to paint head of doll pin Flesh Tone.
    3. Use a 1/2” flat brush to paint the top section of the doll pin (about 1/4” above where pin splits) Santa Red.
    4. Use the #6 flat brush to paint on the belt with Cool White, just below the Santa Red jacket and above the split.
    5. Turn doll pins upside down so that head is inserted into the doll pin stand. Use the 1/2" flat brush to paint the remaining doll pin (legs) below the belt Lamp Black. Use the #3 round brush and Lamp Black to paint inside the split of the doll pins.
    6. When everything is dry, remove the doll pins from the stands. Use the 1/2" flat brush to paint the stands Antique Gold.
    7. Use a toothpick dipped in Antique Gold to add eight buttons to Lamp Black jacket in four rows of two.
    8. Use any brush to add white glue to the inside of the doll pin stands and insert soldiers into stands.
    9. Use a toothpick to dot on Lamp Black for eyes and handle end of brush to add Baby Pink for cheeks.
    10. Carefully trim one side of black pompon to make one side flatter. Use hot glue to attach the flat end of pompon to the top of the soldier’s head, adding a little hot glue to sides as well so that you can press sides of the hat into place.