For my Valentine’s Day post on, I made these kissing clothespin dolls. Pretty darn cute if I say so myself!


I made two versions of the dolls featuring galactic couples Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker and Princess Leia and Han Solo. Check ’em out and make your own featuring your favorite famous smooch.

What you need:

  • Clothespins
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fine paint brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small button
  • Leather cord
  • Small brass hardware washer
  • Fine black pen

First, draw lines on the clothespins to outline paint borders.
Tessa Braun Valentines Doll 1

Staying in the lines, paint each half of the clothespin according to character.
Tessa Braun Valentines Doll 2

For my Padmé and Anakin doll, I referenced a scene from Episode II in which the young lovers canoodle in a field on Naboo, reveling in their secret romance. Padmé is in a printed gold dress, and Anakin is sporting a simple brown Jedi robe.

For my Leia and Han doll, I have dressed both characters in uniform. The princess dons plain white garb, while Sir Solo wears dark gray.
Tessa Braun Valentines Doll 3

Now let’s work on the details. To make Padmé Amidala’s hair, (one of the films’ great characters itself), tie a knot in the leather cord and give it a twist.
Tessa Braun Valentines Doll 4

Hot glue the knot to the top of the Padmé pin, swoop the twist around, and glue the leather ends to the pin’s side. Glue the decorative brass washer to the front side of the leather twist.

Tessa Braun Valentines Doll 5

Take a small button, paint it brown, and paint a little brown on the top of Leia’s clothespin to match. Once dry, hot glue the button to edge of Leia’s “head,” creating the illusion of her iconic hair bun.
Tessa Braun Valentines Doll 6

…and what do you know — these clothespins are starting to look like some Star Wars smoochers!
Tessa Braun Valentines Doll 7

For the final step in personifying the dolls, draw crescent eyes on the face of the clothespins with fine black pen.
Tessa Braun Valentines Doll 8

And that’s it! These adorkable knickknacks make the perfect gift for your boo this holiday. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tessa Braun Valentines Doll 9



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