Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thrifty Thursday: Glue Snowflakes

I am sharing this idea from Pitter And Glink

  • Glue Sticks

  • Hot Glue Gun

  • Wax Paper

  • Dish Detergent

  • Ornament Template

  • Glitter 

  • Mod Podge

  • Small Paint Brush

  • String or Wire
Step One:

Google an image you would like to use for your ornament. An image with simple lines that all connect works best. I googled snowflake images and found a nice one to use. Print your image the size you want your ornament to be. (Make sure you don't print a tiny image because you will end up with a blob of hot glue that will look nothing like an ornament.) Get your glue gun, glue sticks, and wax paper ready.

Step Two:

Place a sheet of wax paper over your ornament template. Cover the wax paper with dish detergent. Mix a little water with the detergent to make it spread easily. Then simply trace your image with hot glue. I have found that using a continuous stream of glue with even pressure for each line works best. This is what it will look like when finished.

Step Three:

When the ornament is dry, peel it from the wax paper. If some of the paper sticks to the back, just run the ornament under cold water and peel off the excess paper. This will make the ornament really firm and help get rid of the excess dish detergent. If there are any weak places in the ornament, you can always cover those spots with more glue. I had to do this for my ornament, and that made me decided to make it look more 3D with an extra layer of glue in different spots. Just be sure to let the second layer of glue dry completely before moving your ornament.
Step Four:

Gather your glitter, Mod Podge, and paint brush.

Cover your ornament with a layer of Mod Podge.

Cover with glitter.

I liked the glitter so much I decided to add another layer of a different type of glitter when the first layer dried. If you want to do the same, just repeat the steps you followed for the first layer of glitter.

Step Five:

This is the final step! Add a hanger to your ornament. I did this by making a loop from some jewelry wire I had sitting around the house. You could use string also. Just hot glue a loop of wire or string to the back of your ornament. Once again, make sure the glue is complete dry before moving your ornament.

With the hanger applied, it's time to admire your hot glue ornament. Here's my finished snowflake.

Here it is hanging on my tree.

And here is one final view of the little cutie.

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