TUTORIAL: Super Snowflakes

by Dana on July 6, 2008

Turn your house into a Winter Wonderland with our Super-sized Snowflakes.
Each flake is made from a full-size poster board sheet and painted with glitter. Just watch them sparkle as they dance from the roof.
Skill Level: Beginner
* White Poster Board (or Foam Core, see below)
* Spray Adhesive or Clear Spray Paint
* Glitter
* Fishing Twine

1. Print off a picture of a snowflake from an online image search (or draw one!). The tricky part is getting it large enough to fit on a posterboard. I actually blew mine up with an overhead projector. ANOTHER OPTION: you can print up 1/6 of the snowflake (one spear of the snowflake) onto an 8×10 paper and then continue to trace that portion over and over till you have a complete snowflake.
It would be really cool to make these out of Foam Core (the stuff used for Science Project displays or art projects) and make them 3 dimensional, with an intersecting snowflake. But it was too pricey for my budget. So, I used a pack of 10 posterboards from Office Depot for $5. Perfect.
Trace your snowflakes, one per posterboard, and cut each one out with scissors. Be careful as you cut the inside portions of your flakes, that you don’t tear anything:
2. Spray your Snowflakes, using whatever supplies you have to attach the glitter. Ideally you would use a Craft spray glue. I love Spray Mount, which is an artist’s glue, made by 3M (guess that’s what happens when you grow up with an artist father. You know all the great art supplies and have to figure out the JoAnns options on your own). Well, I was out of Spray Mount and didn’t want to spend $10 (I’m sharing all my cheap-o secrets here). So, I had some Clear Wood Finish spray paint in the garage. I used it. First, spray the clear finish onto your flake:
3. Shake on your glitter (be liberal):
I used this stuff from Walmart. I didn’t want anything too bright, just something that sparkles when it catches the light:
4. After sprinkling your glitter on top, spray your clear finish again ON TOP of the snowflake to seal it in. Shake your flake around a bit just to even the glitter out but don’t shake all of it off. It will stick on as the spray dries. It was hard to capture the glitter in my pictures but they look beautiful in-person:
5. Then, using Fishing Twine, cut a very small hole in top of your flake, tie on the fishing twine, and tape the other end to your ceiling. Fishing twine comes in different weight resistances. I went with 12 pounds. That’s more than enough to hold a flake! It’s great for this project because it’s virtually transparent. It will look like your flakes are floating.
6. Finally, I chose to also string my flakes to each other, to keep them all forward-facing:
and there you go.
Enjoy your snowfall!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Paula King March 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

This looks good. I`ll have to show my daughter, she love`s snowflakes.


2 Susan Townsend July 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm

These snow FLakes are Awesome !!!


3 Rachel Ribot December 3, 2012 at 9:44 am

I LOVE this!!! It goes perfect with my 4 yr old’s Winter Wonderland Birthday Party!! Thanks for Sharing!


4 Sandra Gibbs January 20, 2013 at 12:32 am

Great idea! You wouldn’t happen to have a pattern, would you?


5 Doddie Kennedy January 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm

These snowflakes are one of the best I’ve found to do for my daughter’s wedding. Very easy and very affordable for any budget. Thanks for sharing.


6 Anna Craig January 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Can’t wait to make them bu would love tohave a pattern


7 Adina December 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm

This is NOT a project for kids. It is for adults. Quite misleading as it is in a kid’s craft website. Give me a break!


8 Alix Marshall December 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

There is always one person who is ungrateful for something FREE. The people or person who posted this didn’t have to do it. Stop complaining! If you don’t like the way it’s set up, leave and go somewhere else.


9 Dana January 7, 2014 at 1:29 am

Thanks Alix :)


10 adriana December 11, 2013 at 11:21 pm

really cute crafts love them so fun to make.


11 Tracy December 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Need to make some of this for my nieces in the coming up Xmas party, thanks for sharing and a pattern would be a huge help too :-)


12 Patricia December 18, 2015 at 12:37 am

What a cool idea for decorating and adding lots of whimsy to the holiday season. Your beautiful daughter seems to approve of the new added flakes!!!


13 Creative Mom December 18, 2015 at 9:17 am

Nice paper flakes. I love that they are big and cast a shadow on tha wall behind them, wich gives them a 3d aparance. Nicely done


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