Here at Homefront Room Revival, we play with Popsicle sticks.
#1. We are a broke grassroots start-up that typically runs on donation products and volunteers
#2. A cheap DIY that makes an impact is just AWESOME.
In two of our Dec’ the Deployment projects we basically did the same thing, but in a totally different look. We made POPSICLE SNOWFLAKES. And I’m not saying a kindergartner couldn’t do it, but we made them look classy! In project #3 we turned them into a rustic look by staining out the sticks and adding fresh garland. Then a couple projects later (in Dec’ the Deployment #5), we recreated the same thing reusing more of the Popsicle that we had to buy in a bundle of like 1000 in a box. The second time around, we not only created a completely different style by changing up the finish, but we learned from experience how much easier it would be to just add some metallic spray paint and call it day.
You too can make these easy, affordable, and beautiful DIY decorative snowflakes! It’s a craft you can make to cascade down a large wall as a giant statement piece, or hang down a window to add that extra touch of customization.
The supplies you will need to create the snowflakes are:
- Craft Sticks
- Paints/ Decor Trimmings: You can do acrylic paint in the color you want the snowflakes, Metallic Spray Paint, or Gel Stain. You can also add in garland clippings as we did, glitter or bling it out with some bedazzle
- Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Time to get creative and MAKE IT SNOW!!
First, you will want to figure out what design you want your snowflake. There are so many to choose from! Pinterest is always a great place to find a variety of shapes. Here are the shapes that Alexia did for one of these projects
Once you figure out what you want your snowflake to look like, take the craft sticks and lay them out in the shape of your choosing. You will need to cut some of the sticks in half to be able to get the shorter look but it’s easy… You can do this with scissors! Now would be a great time to plug in the hot glue gun. Make sure to have a piece of paper or wax paper under the glue gun to keep the glue from dripping on anything.
When you are satisfied with how your snowflake shape looks, pull back the craft sticks and put a dab of hot glue, about the size of a pea, on the end of the stick where the other overlaps. Work quickly…that stuff dries fast! Press the sticks together for about 5 seconds before moving on to the next one! Be careful when you press the sticks together to not touch the glue. It is HOT and it will burn you.
After you’ve got the whole snowflake glued together, make sure you pull all of the glue strings off of the wood. If you don’t do this before you paint, the glue strings will eventually fall off and you will have lines resembling where you didn’t paint because the glue was covering the area. So pull the strings off and you are ready to paint! It is best to always spray paint outside or in a well ventilated area such as an open garage. If you do it in a garage, you will want to lay down a tarp so you don’t get paint all over the floor. Follow the directions on the spray paint can. You will want to do several layers on both sides to get the wood completely covered. Make sure it is fully dried in-between paint coats.
Voila! After about 4 hours, your snowflake will be dry and ready to be hung as a beautiful winter décor piece. If you want to bedazzle it out with some garland or glitter, you this is when you would do that. We chose to add fresh garland clippings the first time we made ours to blend it into our modern farmhouse Christmas room. To do this you use scissors to clip the garland and hot glue it on in clusters to add a natural pop of color.
These are so simple and elegant, you’ll want to do more than just one. They can take up a huge wall and be a stunning addition to a holiday home. Bonus also— they can be seasonal and even left up after Christmas. If you get crafty and let it snow in your home, we want to see your creations. Show us at #decthedeployment