How To Make A Wooden Snowflake
How to Make Wooden Snowflakes
In the winter months, a wooden snowflake decoration can add some rustic flare to your home. If you are looking for a woodworking project, you can build a large wooden snowflake to keep in your home or hang as an outdoor decoration. For simple crafts that you can do with children, you can also build craft stick and clothespin snowflake ornaments to display during the holiday season.
Building a Large Wooden Snowflake
Cut the arms.Use a miter saw to cut the 1x4x6 boards into individual pieces. Take your tape measure and mark three lengths of 33 inches (83.82 cm) on each 1x4x6. Then cut three arms.
- You can buy 1x4x6 boards at your local hardware store. Simply ask for 6-foot (1.83 m) pieces of 1x4 board.
Make the angled pieces.Once you have made your arms, adjust your miter saw to make 30-degree cuts. Use your tape measure and mark off the cuts for each piece. Then, cut 12 V pieces at 8 inches (20.32 cm) long. Finally, use the remaining wood to cut 12 3-inch (7.62 cm) triangle pieces.
- A miter saw will have a slot for cutting a 30-degree angle on your board.
- If you want to save time and make your cuts more accurate, cut one V piece and one triangle piece to use as guides for your remaining pieces.
Paint the wood.Use a paintbrush to apply standard white paint to each piece of wood. Once painted, allow the boards to dry for a few hours. If the boards feel sticky or paint comes off on your fingers when you touch it, let the boards continue drying.
- If you want to hang your snowflake outdoors, consider using exterior paint.
Make one arm of the snowflake.With a hammer and nails, attach four V pieces and four triangles to one of the 33-inch (83.82 cm) arms. First, hammer the V pieces on each end of the board, being sure to form a V shape about one inch (2.54 cm) away from the ends. Then, attach two triangles immediately below the bottom of each V. The two small triangles should make larger triangles with the base facing the V pieces.
- Repeat this step two more times to make the remaining arms.
Connect the arms.Once you have finished assembling all three arms, stack them up on top of each other. Create an X with two arms and place them across the middle of the third arm. Then drill a hole through in the center of the snowflake where the three arms intersect. Finally, insert a 3-inch (7.62 cm) bolt into the center hole and tighten it with a nut.
- You can find a bolt at your local hardware store. It will hold the snowflake together and allow you to take it down for easy storage.
Attach a large hanger.Once you assemble your snowflake, attach a heavy-duty hanger used for mirrors or pictures onto the snowflake’s back. Place the hanger towards the top of the arm stacked on the bottom. This will allow you to hang your snowflake securely indoors or outdoors.
- You can find a hanger at your local hardware store.
Making a Craft Stick Snowflake
Glue the craft sticks together.Squirt a dollop of glue in the middle of a craft stick. Then, place another stick on top of the glue, keeping it perpendicular with the first stick to make a cross. Repeat this process to make the second cross. Finally, glue the two crosses together, placing one stick cross at a 45-degree angle on top of the other cross.
- Give the snowflake a few minutes to dry.
- You can find craft sticks and glue at your local crafts store.
Add the fake snow.Once the craft sticks have securely attached to each other, cover the entire snowflake in glue. Then pour some fake snow into a paper plate and place the glue-covered snowflake in it. Once one side is covered in fake snow, flip it over and cover the other side.
- You should be able to find fake snow at your local craft store. If not, you can shred some white tissue paper or paint the snowflake white.
Hang the snowflake.After the glue has dried, wrap one end of a white pipe cleaner around the top of one of the sticks. Then create a loop and wrap the remaining cleaner around the stick. Tie a piece of string or thread to the loop and hang it wherever you would like.
Crafting a Clothespin Snowflake
Take apart the clothespins.Carefully remove the metal spring from eight wooden clothespins. Try not to break the wooden part of the clothespin. Make sure that the clothespins are the same size and shape.
- It may be a good idea to have a few spare clothespins in case you break some.
Stick the backs of the clothespins together.With some hot glue, attach the flat sides of the clothespins together. For one pair, fold a piece of ribbon in half and insert the ends between two halves before you glue them together. This will give you something to hang the snowflake from.
- Be careful not to burn yourself when working with hot glue.
Glue together the snowflake.Take four of the glued together clothespins and glue them together at the front, aligning their flattened edges to form a cross. Repeat this process with the four remaining pieces. Finally, glue the two crosses together, placing one clothespin cross at a 45-degree angle on top of the other.
Decorate the snowflake.Paint the snowflake with white, silver, or gold paint. Sprinkle glitter onto the wet paint to add a little sparkle. You can also glue on some sequins to add extra pizzazz.
- You can find paint, glitter, and sequins at your local craft store.
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