13 November 2011

How To: Giant Hanging Snowflakes

If there's one thing Pinterest is good for, it's stimulating the mind to possibilities previously unimagined by the limitations of one's own sphere of knowledge and experience.

I had found myself longing for a little more creativity (outside of the photography and writing this blog offers) as the season of celebration and the anticipation of all that glistens draws near.

So back to Pinterest I went, and found myself a few new projects. One immediately appealed to my symmetrical-loving eye. Popsicle sticks, glue, paint, glitter, it doesn't get much easier than this!

So, without further ado, I give you:

The Giant Hanging Snowflake Experience

You'll need:
Popsicle (craft) sticks (one or two packs of 100 from the $2 shop)
Strong glue (u-hu or other glue suitable for wood)
White and red paint
Glitter (red and silver/clear)
Gemstones (for a little extra pizazz)
Red wool and fishing wire
Double sided foam tape (for hanging from the ceiling)

This tutorial makes six different snowflakes of varying sizes based on 3 different centres.

For the star-centred snowflakes:
Start with six sticks (two on each side and glue together) to make an asterisk

Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations

Then add two sticks in a triangular shape to join up each of the asterisk edges

Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations

Snowflake 1
For the first shape, add another four sticks two long with two more coming out in a V-shape.

Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations


Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations


Snowflake 2
For the next shape, remove the long stick and create a W-shape with 3 sticks on each star point.

Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations


Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations

For the hexagon-centred flakes:

Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations

Snowflake 3 
Start with the same initial asterisk shape of six sticks but then add six sticks around the outside to form a hexagon. From here you have 3 different shapes you can make.

Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations

Take another six sticks and make a longer stick by joining 2 sticks together, and then add a diamond shape on top of this with another four sticks. Attach to the main hexagon shape. Repeat for each of the six sides.

Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations

Snowflake 4
Start with the same hexagon but add four sticks shaped like a stick figure man to each side using the mid-point of each hexagon to join to the centre shape.


Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations



Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations

Snowflake 5
Use the same hexagon centre shape but instead of four sticks, just add on two sticks in a cross shape at the mid-point of each hexagon side.

Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations

Snowflake 6
Make a mini asterisk using only three sticks.

Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations

Make a separate hexagon shape.

Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations

Make a cross shape with two more sticks and join to mini asterisk. Lay hexagon shape on top.

Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations

Now comes the fun part!

Paint and Glitter
I painted three snowflakes red and three white (two coats for each snowflake). On the second coat of paint, I painted a small portion of the snowflake at a time and then sprinkled the glitter over the wet paint so it would stick. Although, I must admit, even now we still have a fair amount of glitter strewn through the carpet despite my best endeavours it really does get everywhere!

Once dry, hang up with red wool or clear fishing wire. Be warned, they are quite fragile though, I had to re-glue a few that I accidentally knocked when hanging up.

Finally, ooh and aah at how purty and Christmassy they make the place look. One can never start decorating for Christmas too early I say!

Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations
Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations
Giant Hanging Snowflake Christmas Decorations

Original tutorial based on Pinterest pin found here.

I'm interested to know too, which snowflake design appeals to you most?

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