Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: 5 Craft-Wrecks Using Clothespins

brown rudolf against white background
Is he Art, or is he Craft?

Everyone loves Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, right? I mean, how can you not? He’s dashing, his nose glows, and he’s got a compelling story. He tolerated bullying, got a promotion, and saved Christmas! So for this week's holiday Craftwrecks, let us honor Rudolph and clothespin ornaments. Ho-ho-ho!

After much research, I’ve determined that the main thing you need to make your own Rudolph decorations, besides clothespins, is googly eyes. Oh, and a red puff ball for the nose, of course. He’s nothing without the nose.


Also, you don't have to paint him brown. If you leave the clothespins unpainted, he looks a little more formal, like he's wearing a tux to an '80s disco. Watch out John Travolta!

Here are my top five picks for best Clothespin Rudolph Crafts:

5 crazy cute clothespin christmas crafts

1. His formal look: he looks extra handsome here! I think it’s the eyebrows. And the bow tie.

Rudolf in white

2. Handmade beauty never goes out of style. This Rudolph is very down to earth, with just a touch of whimsy.

Brown Rudolf against green backround

3. Red tinsel pipe cleaners always add sparkle and elegance, yet Rudolph is not overdressed for this tree, as you can see.

tinself Rudolf

4. I was surprised by the saddle, but I think Rudolph used to give pony rides to make extra money, before he got his promotion. And maybe Santa rides him down to the store to get milk and whatnot, as needed.

Rudolf with saddle

5. Of course you can have more than one Rudolph! Santa will LOVE the increased visibility. It's a win-win for everyone!

three rudolf ornaments on tree

Please tell us which Rudolph clothespin holiday craft you're going to make. We'd love to see pictures!


Images (top to bottom): Crafts-for-all-seasons;; SpellingWitch/Flickr; RogerLynn/Flickr;

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