13 December 2013

Hot Glue Snowflake Ornaments

Hey guys! I hope that it’s not too early for Christmas for you guys. I’ve been in holiday mode since Halloween ended, but I figure it’s December now, I can start sharing the holiday love! This week I’m going to show you how to do a really super easy ornament or decoration using nothing but hot glue and some glitter!

clip_image002There’s no sewing or really much else required for this, so it’s pretty quick, too. You can definitely do this with older children, but use judgment- hot glue gets hot.When you’re finished this project, you’ll have a glittery, icy snowflake that’s perfect for hanging on your tree, putting in a window or anywhere else that needs some winter love.

All you need for this is hot glue & glitter, but I’d also recommend some wax paper and then whatever you’re going to hang it with- wire, ribbon, etc. You’re going to need a few hot glue sticks. Mine took about 4. As for the wax paper, it’ll make pulling the hot glue up much easier than regular paper would.

Lay out your wax paper, and draw an asterisk the size you want your snowflake to be.
You could also put a printed out snowflake under the paper and trace it, but I’m going to freehand mine- I just wanted a bit of a guide.

clip_image006Start by tracing the asterisk with the glue. You want it to be pretty thick, so don’t go too light on it. Also, don’t worry about getting those pesky little strings of glue just now, you can deal with those once the whole thing is done. There will be a ton of them by the end.

clip_image008Once the basic shape is done, add in details. I put circles at the end of each line and also put some arrowheads on the lines to make it look a little more snowflakey, but you can look at pictures and do pretty much whatever you want here.
Then, you need to let it dry. Hot glue dries pretty quickly, but still let the whole thing sit for a couple of minutes before doing the second layer.
You don’t want to be remelting the same not-quite-cooled glue because then it won’t get any thicker.

clip_image010Once it’s dry, add a second layer to everything you’ve done. Determine where the top is going to be, and make sure you’ve left a loop or something to run the wire or ribbon through. I just didn’t fill in one of the circles on the top of mine, but depending on how you do yours you may need to get a bit creative with it.

Before it has a chance to dry completely, cover it in glitter. Just cover it. Glitter. Everywhere. Then, do a third and final layer of glue. Let that final layer dry for at least 5-10 minutes before you do anything with it.

clip_image014After a sufficient amount of time has passed, go on and peel it off of the paper. If you used wax paper, it shouldn’t stick too badly, but either way, pick off any paper that is stuck to it, and also cut off all of those little hot glue strands that always seem to be everywhere.

clip_image016Add some wire or ribbon to hang with, and you’re done! It’s ready to be hung on your tree, or wherever else you’re decorating this holiday season. And the best part is, it’s not even really a Christmas decoration so it can stay up all winter!

If you do one of these, I’d love to see it- send me a pic on twitter or instagram, @techni_moments. Good luck!

Stay crafty!

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