This beautiful wood snowflake decoration is easy to make. Just pick up a pack of wood shims and a few other supplies from the hardware store to get started. See the complete supplies list below.
I love decorations you can keep up well after Christmas and snowflake decor is perfect to display all winter long.
This snowflake decoration is large, twelve inches in diameter, and looks beautiful on a mantel, in a basket on the porch, or in place of a wreath on the front door.
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I’m using this decoration indoors so I only needed to use wood glue. Wood glue creates a strong bond to unfinished wood shims but if you’d like to make a snowflake to use as an outdoor decoration you may want to use a combination of wood glue and small tack nails or use a silicone-based adhesive like GE GE500 Silicone 2+ Window and Door Caulk.
Below are the instructions, photos, and a short video that shows how to make this beautiful snowflake decoration.
How to Make a Decorative Wood Snowflake – Video
- 12-Inch Wood shims (can use 8-inches though)
- Wood glue
- Craft clamps
- Paint (I’m using white chalk paint and silver acrylic paint as an accent color)
- A chip brush
- A ruler and pencil
- A sanding block (optional)
- A vise and a small hand saw
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How to Make a Decorative Wood Snowflake
To get started, you’ll need to overlap and glue four 12-inch wood shims together at the center with wood glue as shown below. Note: If you have shorter wood shims you can glue them together to form the longer 12-inch pieces needed.
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Next, use a ruler and mark each shim at the 3- inch point. You’ll need sixteen 3-inch pieces to complete the snowflake design.
Cut wood shims using a handsaw and vice. Don’t worry if your pieces are a little rough, you can lightly sand the edges if needed.
Use a generous amount of wood glue to glue the smaller pieces in place as shown below. There are ‘V’ shapes on four of the ends and I used one cross piece on the other four ends of my snowflake. To finish the design, I added four more pieces to make a ‘+’ in the middle. Check out the video above the supplies list for more detail.
Place a heavy object on your snowflake while drying and use clamps if needed.
Once the glue has dried (about 2 hours), you can paint your snowflake and glue a string to the back if you’d like to hang it up. For more ideas like this, click here to sign up for my weekly newsletter!
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