Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Handmade plastic straw snowflake tutorial

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


I have always been fascinated by snowflakes, even more so probably because I haven't seen any in real life :(
I tried out these super easy (and inexpensive) plastic straw snowflakes and loved the results!
You will need:
  1. Plastic straws - mine were 8.25" long
  2. Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  3. Fevicol / Elmer's Glue
  4. Fine glitter / diamond dust
  5. Scissors
  6. Stapler
I began by flattening the straws in the center by stapling, this makes it easier to layer the straws.
Using hot glue, glue together 3 straws at their centers, making an angle of approx 60 degrees. The base of my 6 armed snowflake is ready.
Cut 12 1.5"  straw pieces and make angular cuts at the ends as shown below. 
Hot glue pairs of the straw pieces to make 6 "V" shapes as shown in the photo. Hot glue takes about 30-40 seconds to cool and set, you might want to lay the pieces together at the desired location, apply hot glue and let it set without disturbing.
Glue the "V"s between the arms of the snowflake.
Cut out 12 1/2" straw pieces and make angular cuts at one end.
Glue them to the snowflake tips and your snowflake is ready.
Cover the snowflake with any clear drying glue. I applied a thick layer of fevicol with a brush.
Pour glitter and let it dry....once dry, re-apply glitter over any left over patches.
I just loved how they turned out.
These would make lovely Christmas tree ornaments, since I don't have one, I covered part of my stairway wall with them, much to my husband's dismay and daughter's delight :).
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

8 comments:

  1. nice idea juhi, love your snowflakes

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  2. Lovely and so simple though.
    Thanks for joining us at Anonymous Stamps.
    xxx Michelle (DT)

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  3. The snowflakes look so pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Loved it :)

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  4. These are very cool. I love them. Thanks for sharing this neat idea with us at Melonheadz Friends this week.

    EMily T. DT

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  5. Great impact on the wall from something so simple. Thank you for joining us at Ooh La La Creations
    Alli D x

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  6. WOW! Your snowflakes are amazing. Thank you for sharing the way you made them!

    Thank you for participating in the MelonHeadz Friends Challenge!

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