Merry Christmas Eve Eve, everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas season so far and have all your presents and recipes ready for the big day! We’ve been taking advantage of this Christmas season by doing some fun crafts – last weekend we attempted our first gingerbread house, and not to brag, but it turned out SWEET (no pun intended).
Kudos to Andrew for the cactus, and kudos to me for the gingerbread man happenstance. Thank you, thank you!
Another fun craft I wanted to try out was some DIY popsicle snowflakes I’ve been seeing on Pinterest! I thought this would be a fun craft for Andrew and me to do together since it seemed pretty easy and usually boys like gluing sticks together. I’m excited to report that this was not a “Pinterest fail”, and they turned out pretty cute!!
Even though Christmas has almost passed, these decorations are much more winter-esque than Christmas, so go ahead – leave them up for a few more months! Winter only just started this week, right? 🙂
Supplies for DIY Popsicle Snowflakes
- 100+ Popsicle sticks (20-30 per snowflake)
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Spray paint
Optional extra materials: Cute husband. ?
Okay okay okay… Let’s start making some snowflakes!
Step 1: Spread newspapers all over the ground.
…or wherever you have an abundance of room – we decorated under the tree! Make sure you put newspapers down, though, as the glue gun can get messy!
Step 2: Plan your ‘flake
Before you get gluin’, take a few minutes to design your snowflake. No two snowflakes are the same, but if you’re like me and can only think of one design take a look here on Pinterest for inspiration!
Try getting creative by cutting popsicle sticks into different sizes! For example, I cut some sticks in half then glued them in V-shapes. PRO TIP – To get perfect right angles, use the ads on the newspaper as a guide!
My snowflake was the pretty simple design on the left, then Andrew completely outshined me with his snowflake from the gods. Husbands! ? ?
Step 3: Glue!
Once you have your snowflake planned out, start gluing them together using small beads of hot glue. Take note of how your popsicles are overlapping and try to keep each popsicle stick as “level” as possible – if it’s on top of the sticks on one end, make sure it’s on top of the sticks on the other end, too!
Step 4: Spray paint those suckers
Once the glue on your snowflakes has dried, take them outside to spray paint. We went traditional with white paint, but I’ve seen some pretty snowflakes with silver paint and even gold paint! You may need to apply a second coat once they’re dry for proper coverage.
Step 5: Hang ’em up!
Find a nice open wall to hang your snowflakes. I chose the side of our staircase – the blank wall has been staring at me for months!
There are a couple different methods for hanging them up. I decided to use Command strips and hang the snowflakes directly on the hooks, but I’ve also seen ribbon tied to the snowflakes, then hung on hooks. It’s up to you!
This would be a super fun craft to do with kids – just make sure they’re careful with the glue gun!
I had a really fun time making these DIY popsicle snowflakes! Let me know if you give it a whirl!
Happy winter and Merry Christmas Eve Eve!