My house looks so bare when I take down all of the Christmas decorations. It stays pretty bare until February, when I dig out the Valentine hearts.
I wanted to make something to display in my home that could be up during the entire winter season.
Enter the snowflake! You can’t get more “winter” than the snowflake.
With some thrifted picture frames, and a few inexpensive items, I made an impressive display in no time at all–one that Jack Frost himself would be jealous of.
- Glitter Snowflakes 12 inch
- Glitter Snowflakes 6.5 inch
- Glitter Snowflakes 4 inch
- Core’dinations Tillie Dot Cardstock (blue)
- Core’dinations Glitter Silk Cardstock (silver)
- Foam Squares
- Hot Glue Gun
- Sand-it Gadget
- Clear Rhinestones
- Silver Glitter Spray
- Various Sized Photo Frames and Mats
- Silver Spray Paint
Gather your photo frames. I found mine around the house, and at a thrift store. The color doesn’t matter. You will want various sizes for visual interest. Remove the glass and backing, and spray paint both the frames and the accompanying photo mats (if the frames have mats).
I chose silver spray paint. You could use whatever you like. White would be pretty too! When the silver was dry, I hit the frames and mats with some silver glitter spray. I love glitter! And the frames and mats looked so pretty against the sparkly snowflakes.
When the paint is dry, prepare the Core’dinations cardstock to be the backing for the frames.
If you have never used Core’dinations before, you will be amazed at this part.
The Tillie Dot cardstock comes pre-embossed, and has a lighter core than the paper surface. When you sand the cardstock, the lighter core comes up, and creates a wonderful texture.
See how magically the dots appear? They reminded me of falling snow.
Here is a tip. One of the frames I chose was larger than the sheet of cardstock. An easy fix for this is to cut the cardstock in half, and splice it in the center with another section of contrasting cardstock.
I chose some Core’dinations Glitter silk. It is wonderfully sparkly!
Some of my snowflakes fit flush inside the frame. I simply used a hot glue gun to secure them to the cardstock backing.
I wanted some of the snowflakes to overhang the frames they were in.
I used some foam squares to lift them off of the cardstock background, and bring them level to the frame.
You can see from this angle, how the foam squares lift and secure the snowflakes. I used the foam squares behind the snowflake center, and also behind some of the “spokes” of the flakes. Wherever you feel the snowflake needs the stability.
On the largest snowflake, I layered a small snowflake over the top to cover the slit.
Arrange your finished snowflakes on a mantle, or tabletop and enjoy your chilly, sparkly, winter decor!