December 10, 2012

DIY $6 Jumbo Glittery Snowflake

Today marks the fourth and final challenge in the Dare to DIY series I've been participating in! I'm sad that the series is over but I'm hoping to join other ones like it in the future :)

This weeks theme was 'deck the halls' and our project instructions were to DIY something new to deck your halls with. If I'm being completely honest, I wasn't even sure I was going to have a project to share this week but I do and it's a jumbo glittery snowflake!

Here's what I used to make it:
  • A hot glue gun + glue stick refills
  • Glitter, $2.99 @ Michael's
  • Semi-gloss paint (Tip: use spray paint instead -- it's faster and easier)
  • Jumbo wood craft sticks, $4.99 - 50% off coupon = $2.49 @ Michael's
  • A small foam brush, 49¢ @ Michael's
TOTAL: $5.97 (it could be free if you have everything on hand!)

Sidenote: buy a protractor or dig around your house and find one to use. I didn't and it was a pain to figure out the angles of the sticks which is why my snowflake is "off" -- we'll say it has "character" ;)

Anyway, I started by adding a small amount of hot glue to the end of one craft stick:

And sticking another one on top:

Another sidenote: ignore my wrinkled tablecloth! I wasn't sure if the hot glue would hurt my granite countertops or not so I laid the tablecloth down for protection.

I repeated this 3 times until I had 3 longer craft sticks to make the center of the snowflake with:

I started by gluing two of the longer sticks together at an angle. I tried measuring each side to make sure they were even but it didn't work so this is where the protractor tip comes in handy:

I hot glued the remaining long craft stick on top of the two angled ones until I had an asterisk shape:

Then I started hot gluing additional craft sticks off of the asterisk shape that formed diamonds:

I kept gluing:

And gluing:

And gluing:

Anddd gluing:

Until I had formed a Star of David shape (sort of):

Then I started gluing additional craft sticks to the ends of the original asterisk shape:

After those were added, I glued another craft stick onto the edge followed by two craft sticks that formed a wide V shape:

I kept doing this until I was starting to form a snowflake that was falling off of my countertop:

Once the snowflake shape was finished, I brought it out to my garage to start painting it white.

Like I said above, use spray paint if you can. I had two cans of white spray paint on hand but one was actually empty and the others nozzle was so clogged that no paint would come out so I ended up brushing on two coats of semi-gloss latex paint:

Which I then sprinkled with glitter!

I let everything dry before hanging it on my front door:

It's far from perfect but I think it's cute in it's own little way :)

I'm sharing this project at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the Dog, Maybe Matilda, Newly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!

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  1. It is cute!! I should make a smaller version with Ramona. I bet she would love that. I'd have to keep her away from the hot glue though. ;)

    I love the color of your door too by the way!

    Amber @ Wills Casa

  2. I really love this. I can always tell if I love something, because I will want to make it right away :) Super idea!!

  3. Thanks Amy! :)

    Thanks Amber! I bet Ramona would have a blast making one! Oh and the door color is 'Caramel Apple' by Dunn Edwards.

    K - Awww thanks!

  4. This is so pretty! And such a unique and modern take on the popular snowflake.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to DIY! I truly have enjoyed seeing your projects each week.

  5. Thanks Kim! And thanks so much for hosting the Dare to DIY series! I can't wait to participate next year :)

  6. It is cute and perfect just as it is! I love your tip to get a protractor! haha I also like @amber wills idea to do smaller non-hot glue gun version with a kid (assuming Ramona is a kid).

    P.s. Do you remember Brandi who use to comment on your blog and then she started a new blog - Pink Polka Dots or something (originally His Shabby, Her Chic). She (and her new blog) disappeared and just wondering what happened to her.

  7. Thanks! Yep, Ramona is her daughter :)

    I remember her commenting but I don't know what happened to her or her blog! Hope everything is ok! Maybe she's just on hiatus for the holidays?

  8. Very nice! I'd like something cheaper and more original than a wreath for my front door is white, though, so maybe this spray painted blue...(but still with glitter. Clearly the glitter is essential!)

  9. Thanks Gretchen! Blue would be very pretty against your white door! It would almost like ice formed in a big snowflake shape on it :) And yes, the glitter is essential ;)

  10. That is darling! And so easy! Love it!

  11. yay! I love when you can play with glue and popsicle sticks and come out with something that doesn't look like a kid's craft. It's gorgeous!

    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  12. Thanks Daisy!

    Awww thanks Kelly! I think it looks like a kid's craft but that's just me haha Maybe next year I'll splurge for the protractor and make a more perfect one ;)

  13. Love it! This was on my Christmas to-do list but I never got around to it. I guess I could still make one since snowflakes are seasonal. Thanks for linking up!

  14. Thanks Chelsea! You should make one! It would look great at your place :)

  15. How pretty!! Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY. Your projects have all been fantastic!

  16. These are so cute. We have a tradition in our family where every year we either buy or make an ornament for each of our kids...when they move out & have their own Christmas tree, they will have all of their ornaments from years past as a start. This year, they will be getting snowflake ornaments! Thanks for the inspiration!
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