For décor that lasts well beyond the holiday season, we set our DIY team on the task of making snowflake décor. Try a project out for yourself! For more ideas, visit our Pinterest board.
“Thrift store plates and bowls turn into winter wall art with the help of a little spray paint, glue and plate wall hangers. Different tones of blue and silver paint cover the plates for an icy backdrop. Intricate, cut glass bowls are glued on to add depth and dimension. A simple hidden plate hanger is attached to the back for easy hanging. You can add glitter for extra sparkle or just stick with clear glass plates and bowls for a chic look. Just like real snowflakes, no two are alike!”
This snowflake mobile brings some holiday cheer to our entryway. It was super easy to make. I took a branch and spray painted it white. I used some snowflake craft paper punches to create the snowflakes, and hung them from the branch with thread.
Audrey, Oh So Lovely
“I look for any excuse to run to River Market Antiques, so when I saw a Martha Stewart Living post about snowflakes stitched on hankies, I knew just what I wanted to do and just where to find the hankies and the frame. I hand-stitched the snowflakes onto the vintage hankies and mounted them in the frame. I love the reuse of old materials!”
Kristen, Hey Paul Studios
“This fun DIY is an easy way to add winter style without buying (and storing) seasonal throw pillows. You can be as creative as your little heart desires, and you probably have most of the items in your craft supplies at home! Pillow wraps are an easy and inexpensive way to add holiday or seasonal joy to your throw pillows. You can customize your wraps to coordinate with your interior color palette. For this snowflake pillow wrap I used: scrap fabric, scrap burlap, white felt, white buttons, red ribbon, sewing machine and hot glue. Measure the size of pillow you want the wrap to fit. (You could go horizontal or vertical.) Then cut the burlap to the measurements, leaving it a little long so you can squish it up to create the ruffle effect. Cut out the snowflakes (I did mine by hand for a whimsical feel, but you can also find many great snowflake patterns on Pinterest!) Next, run the burlap base through the sewing machine with a stitch down the center, squishing the burlap a bit for the ruffle effect. Use hot glue to layer the rest. Then, hot glue ribbons onto the ends, fold the end over and hot glue it in place to give it a clean, finished look. Then, just tie the wrap onto your pillow!”
“For this project I reused leftover wine corks and crafted them into an easy-to-make snowflake ornament. I made it with just wine corks, hot glue and ribbon! Like real snowflakes, these are all one-of-a-kind. The colors will vary depending on the staining on your wine corks. Mine altered from deep magenta to blush-colored to the neutral cork tone. I chose complementary ribbon in a neutral cream and brown to keep with the natural color scheme. Simply, cut your wine corks in half and assemble them into a snowflake formation using hot glue. Then, hot glue a ribbon along the outline of the snowflake. (It helps hold the corks together.) Add another ribbon to hang your ornament and that’s it! It’s a five-minute craft that will add a pretty touch to your holiday décor.”
Kirsten, Red Leaf Style
“I love the way this $2 project turned out! I like bringing the outdoors in, especially in the winter when it’s more difficult. The burnt wood on this matchstick project gives a rustic “cabin like” feel to my place. I already had a cardboard box, (measuring 9in. x 11in.) spray lacquer, and a bottle of school glue, so the only purchase I made was two boxes of wooden matches at .97 cents each. I didn’t even use all of them! First, I prepared my matches. I lit (one at a time) around 400 matchsticks to begin with, which ended up being plenty. I let them burn about 1/4-in. down and then placed them gently into a metal bowl so the charred edges wouldn’t break off. Second, I cut the pattern I wanted from a cardboard box and drew a vertical line (using a straight edge) down the middle of the cardboard, then a horizontal line making a cross in the center. I continued drawing lines diagonal through the cardboard until it formed the look of a cut pie. Next, I glued the matches along the drawn lines with the charred edges facing one another. Then I started with the pattern, gluing matchsticks from the inside of the “pie” pattern, moving outward. I turned the matches depending on the portion I was gluing to create depth and design with the charred edges. Last, I sprayed the entire piece with spray lacquer to make sure there wouldn’t be any matches or soot falling off. I let it dry and finished by gluing string to the back, in case I wanted to hang my snowflake. This could possibly be my favorite DIY yet!”
Calli, fashion director
Last year I grabbed a bunch of pine cones from my grandparents’ yard. Flash forward a year and I hadn’t used them … until now. I love decorating my front door, so I dug out the pinecones, stapled together some large shims from the workshop: one straight, with two more making the x shape in the middle. Gluing the pinecones on wasn’t easy, especially along the shims because, guess what … pinecones aren’t flat. But it’s holding steady, although fragile. I sprayed it all with a quick coat of white spray paint. You could also leave it natural for a woodsy feel. I love that it’s a reminder of my grandparents and my roots every time I walk in the front door. I also tackled a beaded snowflake idea with fun, cool colors and 20-gauge wire. The beaded possibilities are endless!