DIY Gigantic Popsicle Stick Snowflakes Craft
Since it is technically after Thanksgiving, I don’t feel so weird about already having a Christmas tree up. I mean it is just a little two foot one on my office desk, but then again there is also one waiting to be decorated but up in the dining room. But it isn’t decorated yet so it doesn’t count. The living room tree, aka the big baddie, is still waiting to be brought down from the attic (not that I’m pointing fingers at someone who hasn’t brought it down for me, or maybe I am).
Having my Christmas decor up in various stages of completion pre-Thanksgiving totally felt like wearing white after Labor Day. Since you now know that I have three Christmas trees, I’ll go ahead and fill you in on another secret. When it comes to Christmas and winter decor I tend to prefer big and gaudy. I don’t just put a tree up in the living room, I also hang gold glittered stars all around to spread the decor out a bit. Somewhere in my mind I know that it is because I don’t want the tree to feel lonely being the only one all dolled up.
For this project you will need:
- Jumbo Popsicle or craft sticks
- 2 inch circle wood cut outs
- Hot glue gun
- Strong scissors
- Spray Paint
- Glitter (optional)
When I was preparing to start this craft I went into it thinking that it was going to be far more difficult than it is. I even busted out a protractor to get into the angle action but the honest truth is I’m bad at math. And the whole angle thing was irritating me and turning a project with elementary school level crafting materials into a college level course in bad attitude. After ruining a package of craft sticks I learned that it doesn’t have to be difficult though. See below:
To start, take your wood circle and mark out the center. Draw an x overlapping the center point.
Use your marks as guides to glue on your first four sticks (that will make the initial “X” shape).
If your snowflake will have 8 arms rather than four, glue those in the gaps in between your first four. It is sufficient to eyeball that it is even between the spokes you have already glued in.
When you want to create angled pieces, cut the wood on an angle. Hold the stick up at the angle you would like it, draw your line as if it were going down the middle of the stick you are gluing to and trim enough to go around.
Glue one side and then the other, lining them up with the center of the stick they are being glued to.
When you are working at the end of the sticks you don’t need to be concerned, but if you aren’t you’ll need to measure from the center of the snowflake to get even placement.
When you have completed your design you can decorate in a way that will work with your existing decor. Paint them, glitter them, stain them, the sky is the limit, really!
Want to see the step by step for this flake?
And here is the big fella’ all finished up!
When you start with a good base you can get creative and go wild! If you’re not feeling it, you can copy the designs you see here, or do a Google image search for snowflake for some fun inspiration!
I tacked mine around my fireplace and I love how they turned out. Soon my Christmas tree will be sitting to the left and all will be right in my holiday decor! So what do you think? Are you going to be busting out the Popsicle sticks?