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December 9, 2014

Giant Music Snowflake Tutorial


Today, I am going to show you how to make this beautiful sparkly giant snowflake (no saw needed).




 First you will need 2 snowflake placemats.  I purchased mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Hot Glue 16 popsicle sticks to one of the snowflakes.  This will make the snowflake sturdy. (Six of them need to be cut with a heavy duty scissors as shown to fit the smaller areas).  When your popsicle sticks are set, hot glue the other snowflake on top to hide the popsicle sticks.  Tip:  I matched the design and hot glued the center together first, then hot glued the outer parts of the snowflake.

When the hot glue is set, you will need to paint the snowflake with regular acrylic craft paint.  I used a neutral color.  Don't skip this step, as you need to harden the placemats so that they will be non-porous and ready to accept glue in the next step.  Do not spray paint, it will just soak in.  I only painted one side and all the edges.  Allow to dry completely overnight.  I know, this is very tedious, but it will be worth it!


For the next step,  I used Elmer's Clear Glue to glue 3 music sheets together.  I measured the sheets to fit the snowflake and trimmed a little of the center of the 2 whole sheets before gluing them together to eliminate some of the extra border  and cut the third music sheet in half and glued one to the top and one to the bottom.  Allow the sheets to dry completely.  I dried mine overnight while the painted snowflake was drying.


Place the dried snowflake on the back side of the music sheet (painted side down) and trace the outlines with a mechanical pencil.  You can use a little scotch tape at the top and bottom to hold it in place. 
 

Then, using an Exacto knife, cut out the design on a protected surface.


Use Elmer's Clear Glue to attach the music sheet to the flake.  Tip:  Use a paint brush to spread the glue.  Attach from the center out applying glue as you go to the outer edges.  Allow to dry overnight.  When partially dry, I turned mine upside-down to allow the weight of the snowflake to iron out any bubbles in the paper.  It may look wrinkled in some areas, but it will be flat when completely dry.  When dry, place and attach 3/4" mirrors with hot glue (available at your local craft store). I used 10 mirrors. Tip:  I used an Exacto knife to cut out a spot beneath the mirrors for a sturdier hold.  I also did this for the center of the snowflake for the next step.


Cut a 2" Smoothfoam styrofoam ball in half.  Spread with glue and silver glitter.  When dry attach to center of snowflake with hot glue.



Hot glue silver tinsel cord around center and silver chenille wire around mirrors.  To finish, apply Elmer's Clear Glue just on music areas with a paint brush and sprinkle with your favorite clear glitter.  Allow to dry.  Attach a hanging cord and you are done.  These may take several hours to make plus some overnight drying time, but they are well worth your time!



Supply List:
2 Felt Snowflakes, Hot Glue, Elmer's Clear Glue, Neutral Color Craft Paint, 3 Sheet Music, Exacto Knife, Heavy Duty Scissors, 16 popsicle sticks,  1-  2" Smooth Styrofoam Ball cut in half, Tinsel Cord, Chenille Wire, 3/4" Round Mirrors, Glitter, Hanging Cord.

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4 comments:

  1. Mary, you did such a phenomenal job on these snowflakes as well as the "Central Market building"! Thanks so very much for all the time and effort you put into making our stand so beautiful!!
    Margie

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    1. Thanks Margie. I had so much fun doing it.

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  2. Placemats?!?! I just assumed you made them from wood or Styrofoam. I've been meaning to get to your blog for days. Now I'm subscribed. :) They are beautiful Mary!

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    1. Hi Cindy! Thanks for subscribing. I only own a band saw, so I can't do all the fancy cutting of a scroll saw. I had to find something that didn't need to be cut. After searching several stores we found the placemats at Bed, Bath & Beyond. They turned out to be pretty sturdy.

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