Christmas is almost here and I feel like there is still so many projects that I would like to share with you and so much shopping still left to do! Today we are heading to the mall to tackle some of our Christmas shopping and cross a few more names off our list. One thing that I have finished, is decorating our house and we are almost ready to share with all of you a glimpse into our Christmas home. You may notice that I have yet to share a full home tour under the “home tour” tab and that is because we still have yet to install hardwood flooring in our home, so there is lot’s of work to be done before I can share with you a tour of our entire house, so please be patient with us as we continue to work hard on our house, tackling one project at a time.
Today I will be sharing with you how to make these beautiful sparkly DIY book snowflakes, that I have adorning our tree. I was inspired by the snowflakes by Tifani Lyn Photography and just had to give them a try, for her full tutorial click on the link here. I made mine almost exactly as she has in her tutorial with a few minor changes. The first snowflake that I made was created using the dimensions from her tutorial, but the snowflake was huge and just didn’t look right on our tree. I decided to try to change the dimensions to match the scale and size of our tree, so you will notice some variations from the sizing of my snowflakes compared to the tutorial.
Scissors and/or paper-cutter
Hot glue gun and glue
Remove the pages from your book, then measure and cut 1″ strips from each page. I made my snowflake strips 3 pages thick, so when cutting I stacked six pages on top of each other than cut them out. If you have a paper-cutter this step is really easy to get straight cuts but if you don’t simply draw a straight line on your first page and then cut as straight as possible using scissors along your pen mark.
For your snowflake you need eight petals total. To make each petal you will need to cut the stacks of 3 as follows, 1st strips cut 2 inches off, 2nd and 3rd strips cut 2 ½ inches off, 4th and 5th strips cut 3 ½ inches off, 6th and 7th strips cut 5 inches off.
Begin with the longest stack of 3 strips and fold it in half, but do not crease the end. Then fold the 2nd and 3rd strips, placing one on either side of the large petal. Continue folding the petals and placing them on either side until all seven have been placed together.
Holding your strips in one hand, tie a piece of fishing line around the bottom of the strips, making sure it is tight.
Repeat steps 1 thru 4 until you have a total of eight petals
With a stack of six paper strips, roll them together, then tie them tightly with fishing line.
Hot glue the bottom of your petal to the rolled up strips, trying to get glue on each piece of paper which will help to hold the entire snowflake together. Hold the petal onto the rolled up pieces of paper until it is dried.
Repeat step seven for all of the petals. First attaching four petals in a cross shape, then filling in the spaces in between with the rest of the petals.
Glue the smallest of each petal to each other, this will further secure the snowflake. Since the glue is what is holding the entire snowflake together make sure to apply it generously.
Spray the edges of your snowflake with spray adhesive and then shake gold sparkles on the edges as generously as you would like. Now you should have a beautiful sparkly snowflake to display on your tree!
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