Let it snow – Snowflake Tutorial

Christmas is on its way here and I cannot wait! I must admit I am totally one of those people that start decorating for Christmas before it is even Thanksgiving. I am hoping that there is snow here in Michigan when we pick up our Christmas tree this year. If you’ve been following me for a while you might remember my Christmas Tree Engagement session photographed by my now close friend Leah Mullett. We waited and waited for snow and it never came, so we went with out it! Hopefully we will have some snowflakes coming our way so I can have the snowy photos that I’ve been craving.

Okay, on to the tutorial!

Supplies:

  • Old book (preferably with gold edging)
  • Hot glue gun
  • wire or fishing string
  • Acrylic gloss sealer
  • Gold glitter

Directions

  1. Measure out 1″ strips on your book. Use black inc. Decide how many pages thick you want your strips. ( I used 5 pages per strip so I cut 10 pages at a time.)
  2. Leave the 1st strip full length. 2nd & 3rd cut 1/2inch off. 4th & 5th 1inch off. 6th & 7th 2inches off.
  3. Bend the strips in half and hold at the bottom to create the petal of your snowflake.
  4. Find something heavy to lay on the petal, it will help the shape of it curve inward.
  5. Hold the bottom of the snowflake petal very tightly while tying your wire or fishing string around the end of it. Repeat steps 1-5 until you have 8 petals.
  6. Take a stack of paper strips and roll them together & tie them with wire or string.
  7. Hot glue the entire bottom of your petal. Try & get glue on every piece of paper, this will be the binding to hold it all together. Once you have covered the bottom in hot glue place it on the roll of paper & hold tightly until the glue has dried.
  8. Repeat step 7 & make a cross with the petals, then fill in the diagonal spots.
  9. Add extra glue to the edges (this is the only thing holding the entire snowflake together so dont be stingy!).
  10. Glue the edges of each petal together so they are more secure.
  11. I didn’t take photos of this… But I did a coat of the Acrylic Gloss sealer over the entire snowflake to give it a shine & let it dry. Then I sprayed a section of the edge of the snowflake & poured glitter onto it. Continue around the entire edge until you have a gorgeous sparkly snowflake. Spray another coat of the sealer over the glitter to secure it.

 

 

 

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