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Wooden Clothes Pin Ant Craft

This cute wooden clothes pin ant crafts was a bit of a joint project by my son and I after we saw these sweet clothes pin butterflies on I Heart Crafty Things. Ours are slightly less colourful though and more influenced by our bug hunts on the way home from school. They’re still fun to make though and great to play with afterwards!

wooden clothes pin ants

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You will need:

Wooden Clothes Pins


Black pens (I use these ones as they don’t dry out so quickly if the kids leave the lids off!)


Googly eyes

Black pipe cleaners

How to make your clothes pin ants

Colour your clothes pin black, the actual colouring does take longer than painting them but means that you don’t have to wait while they dry or deal with small people playing with black paint. Over the years I’ve learnt this is best avoided!

Glue the googly eyes on to the round part of the clothes pin to make its face.

ant craft for kids

Cut the black pipe cleaners into lengths and then feed these through the gap in the middle of the clothes pin. Twist the two ends underneath the clothes pin to make some legs – if you don’t twist it to secure it in place then your ant won’t be able to stand up. Did you know ants have six legs? I had to double check! I did think afterwards that our ants probably could have done with some kind of antenna but hey, we totally forgot! Sorry about that!

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  1. 27th May 2016 / 7:39 pm

    Oh wow these are great and I do love a paint free craft, my two love bug hunting too so these would be perfect.

  2. 29th May 2016 / 11:26 am

    These look so cute! Perfect for a half term activity thank you ?

  3. 31st May 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Cute project perfect rainy day activity

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