I am always trying to find ways to create fun and unique items here at The Shabby Tree. We seem to use wooden shims for a lot of our crafts and I thought it would be fun to mix them with a few wooden clothespins. We can easily combine these two items to create a few fun primitive clothespin candles.

The supplies I will be using are:

1. Wooden clothespins

2. Wooden shims

3. Hot glue

4. Scissors

5. Paint brush

6. Paint (I will be using blue, red ,orange, yellow, white)

7. Antique stain

8. Strips of fabric or ribbon

I am using wooden round clothespins. I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby and they are labeled as round doll pins.

The first thing I did was paint my clothespins. You can paint these any color you want. I am doing patriotic colors for Fourth of July.

You can use a sanding sponge to give them a more rustic look.

I added some antique stain over the paint.

I used the scissors to cut out the flames for the candles from the wooden shims.

I painted the flames with the yellow and orange paint.

You will hot glue the flame to the top of the clothespin.

You will want to place hot glue all over the top of the clothespin to create a meted wax look.

Once the hot glue is dry you will want to add more paint over the hot glue. I added paint over the hot glue and then added some of the antique stain over the paint.

Once the candles were all dry I used a few strips of ripped fabric to tie the candles together.

I placed the candles at different heights before adding the strips of fabric.

These are so easy to create. They can be used as a bowl filler or you can slide them onto a tree or a garland.

You can get so creative with these and make them in so many different colors. I hope you will have fun and give these a try.