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How to Make

Winter Wonderland

Snowflakes

January 4, 2020

· Holidays,Tutorials,Home and Garden

HOW TO MAKE

 WINTER WONDERLAND

SNOWFLAKES

Snowflakes aren't just for Christmas, but rather for the entire WINTER season.

Dollar Tree Plastic Snowflakes

This blog post from https://countrydesignstyle.com/dollar-store-snowflakes/ said that she hot glued these snowflakes directly to the window glass, but we're not going to do this.

I absolutely love this and definitely plan on doing this this month. I have large windows in the front of my home, but don't necessarily like the idea of hot gluing these snowflakes to it. So what I'd like to do, is make actual garland that I can use in the years to come if I choose to.

So to do this, you can either use white twine, or maybe a beautiful blue ribbon. Then it's hot gluing merrially.

First, hot glue the snowflakes to the twine or ribbon - spacing as you'd like. Then after you have the first row on, build down from there hot gluing more snowflakes on. Be creative in making your own design!

Paper Snowflakes

Using either plain white paper, or white cardstock - fold the paper into 4th's. Then cut out each snowflake like shown above.

Dollar Tree Wood Snowflakes

  • Hot Glue
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Spray Paint

Using your popsicle sticks and hot glue, make your snowflake just like this.

Once your snowflake is complete, spray paint it gold.

Dollar Tree Clothes Hanger Snowflake

https://www.bigbearswife.com/diy-dollar-tree-snowflake-clothes-hanger-craft/

Match your clothes hangers into groups of two with the hooks facing outwards.

Run a few line of hot glue down the enter and glue the hangers together in pairs. Don’t worry if the glue is visible because this is going to be the back of the snowflake.

Once all of the hanger pairs are glued together and dry, it’s time to assemble.

Four pairs of hangers are needed for the base of this giant snowflake. Arrange them in a cross shape with the hooks pointing away from the center of the snowflake.

Add hot glue where they all meet in the center in these 4 spots to secure them together. Do not glue the hooks together!

You'll need 4 pairs of hangers for the 2nd row. These hangers will go in between the hangers on the first row.

Now hot glue those together to secure them. Don’t worry if some of them dont’ fit in there perfectly. We will be covering them up with snowflakes.

This is what the center of the snowflake should look like. Make sure to add hot glue to all of the spots where the hangers are touching for extra stability!

Hot glue 1 small flat snowflake ornament to each spot where the hooks from the first row meet the hangers from the second row.

Toilet Paper Rolls Snowflakes

STEP 1: PAINT AND CUT THE TOILET PAPER ROLL

I put both of these steps together because it’s really debatable which to do first. I painted my toilet paper rolls first, reaching down with my paintbrush to get the inside. Mostly because I felt it would be too tedious to paint each piece individually after I cut them. Turns out, while more time consuming, it probably would have been easier to cut first paint later.

When you’re ready to cut, use a ruler and mark the roll every inch or so. I found that every brand of toilet paper is a little bit of a different size. The ones I used for this were four inches long, so it worked out perfectly to cut it into 1-inch pieces. The size doesn’t really matter so much, just so they’re all the same. Use scissors to cut toilet paper roll along the 1-inch marks you made. If you’re as worried as I was about making them all even, feel free to use an X-Acto knife for this part.

You’ll need to cut 12 pieces.

STEP 2: GLUE THE TOILET PAPER ROLL PIECES TOGETHER IN YOUR CHOSEN DESIGN

To make this basic white snowflake, start with six of your painted pieces and glue them together, piece by piece to make the center of your snowflake. These are the pieces outlined in orange in the photo below.

I went really slow with this to make sure that they glued together at the right angle. I held them down against the table to make sure that one side was flat/even. Another tip, I used clothespins to pinch the pieces together while they were drying. This worked really well because the points in which the pieces touch are so small it’s hard to use your fingers.

Once the first six pieces are glued and dried, you can start on the outside six. These are the ones outlined in blue in the photo below. Again, keep your snowflake flat on the table and use clothespins to keep them together.

When it’s dried, make sure it’s all glued together well. You should be able to hold it up with a finger through the point. Take the time to reglue any part you feel needs it.

STEP 3: DECORATE YOUR TOILET PAPER ROLL SNOWFLAKE

Once your snowflake is glued together really well and dried, it’s time to decorate!

I started by taking white paint and repainting the places where the brown of the toilet paper roll was exposed. For example, the top edges of the snowflake (the side that had been flat against the table) to make that white as well.

Once that dried, I took silver glitter glue and painted all the outer sides of the snowflake.

Then, I took the same silver glitter glue and slowly, carefully, laid it over the top edges of the snowflake. This gives it a puffy edge, but as it dries, it flattens and leaves a really cool look. Another way to do this is to paint the top edge with glue or mod podge and then lay it in glitter.

This is another style I made with blue acrylic paint and had a lot of fun adding the white with a sponge brush to give the snow-like effect.

Book Snowflake

  • Old book (preferably with gold edging)
  • Hot glue gun
  • wire or fishing string
  • Acrylic gloss sealer
  • Gold glitter

Repeat step 7 & make a cross with the petals, then fill in the diagonal spots.

Add extra glue to the edges (this is the only thing holding the entire snowflake together so dont be stingy!).

Glue the edges of each petal together so they are more secure.

I didn’t take photos of this… But I did a coat of the Acrylic Gloss sealer over the entire snowflake to give it a shine & let it dry. Then I sprayed a section of the edge of the snowflake & poured glitter onto it. Continue around the entire edge until you have a gorgeous sparkly snowflake. Spray another coat of the sealer over the glitter to secure it.

1. Measure out 1″ strips on your book. Use black inc. Decide how many pages thick you want your strips. ( I used 5 pages per strip so I cut 10 pages at a time.)

2. Leave the 1st strip full length. 2nd & 3rd cut 1/2inch off. 4th & 5th 1inch off. 6th & 7th 2inches off.

3. Bend the strips in half and hold at the bottom to create the petal of your snowflake.

4. Find something heavy to lay on the petal, it will help the shape of it curve inward.

5. Hold the bottom of the snowflake petal very tightly while tying your wire or fishing string around the end of it. Repeat steps 1-5 until you have 8 petals.

6. Take a stack of paper strips and roll them together & tie them with wire or string.

7. Hot glue the entire bottom of your petal. Try & get glue on every piece of paper, this will be the binding to hold it all together. Once you have covered the bottom in hot glue place it on the roll of paper & hold tightly until the glue has dried.

8. Hot glue the entire bottom of your petal. Try & get glue on every piece of paper, this will be the binding to hold it all together. Once you have covered the bottom in hot glue place it on the roll of paper & hold tightly until the glue has dried.

Repeat steps 1 - 7 and make a cross with the petals.

9. Make 4 additional petals to fit in between the ones you just made.

10. Add extra glue to the edges (this is the only thing holding the entire snowflake together so dont be stingy!).

Glue the edges of each petal together so they are more secure.

I didn’t take photos of this… But I did a coat of the Acrylic Gloss sealer over the entire snowflake to give it a shine & let it dry. Then I sprayed a section of the edge of the snowflake & poured glitter onto it. Continue around the entire edge until you have a gorgeous sparkly snowflake. Spray another coat of the sealer over the glitter to secure it.

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