In this instructable, I'm going to show you how to make a STATEMENT piece in your home decor for winter or the holiday season!
So simple...yet modern, bold, classy, and super stylish! Easy to make uniquely yours.
Step 1: Make Your Snowflakes
Let's not reinvent the wheel here...
There are a TON of great 'ibles already on this site teaching you how to make all kinds of incredible paper snowflakes. Here are just a few of my favorites:
Whether you choose to go simple, or you want to get incredibly detailed, have fun and be unique!
Make multiple different kinds of snowflakes in multiple different sizes and shapes.
In the pictures above, I show you briefly how to make a very common (and easy) 3D paper snowflake.
1. Make a square by folding the corner to the edge (making a triangle). Cut off the excess.
2. Keeping the paper folded in the triangle it's already in, fold it over one more time to make a smaller triangle.
3. Cut 3-4 lines on the DOUBLE FOLDED side (not the main fold or the unfolded sides). See pictures for clarity.
4. Open it up.
5. Pull the inner most diamond's points together and glue with a glue stick.
6. Flip the paper over, and do the same thing with the next layer's points.
7. Continue flipping the paper back and forth, gluing the points of each layer, until you get the second to last picture.
8. Repeat numbers 1-7 five more times to get a total of 6 parts. Glue the 6 parts together to make one finished snowflake.
Step 2: Hanging Around
Now it's time to hang your snowflakes.
1. Use a hole punch or cut a slit into the designated top of the snowflake.
To get the best look (and be safer), it's always best to work on this type of project with helpers. Either enlist the helpers to tell you where to place the snowflakes, OR enlist your helpers to place the snowflakes while you direct them.
2. If you're the hanger, it's best to make a system. I put the scissors in my back pocket, the floss (I like using floss because it's strong and cheap and I didn't have fishing line on hand) in my front pocket, a pile of fiber fill in my other front pocket, the painter's tape on my wrist, and I held the snowflakes in my hands. If you're the director, be there to be helpful and hand up new snowflakes (etc) to the hanger. Also, steady the ladder or whatever the hanger is standing on to reach the ceiling. Safety first ;)
3. Hang your biggest snowflakes first. The biggest snowflakes will determine the shape, design, and focal points of your finished piece. It will also determine where to "fill in" the gaps with the smaller ones. I hung my three 3D ones first on the outsides and the in the middle.
4. Starting on one side and working your way to the other side, I found it was easiest to fill in a section at a time. So basically work between the first two large snowflakes until you achieve the look you want. Then move on to the middle section. And finally to the end.
4a. Make sure to stagger the snowflakes to give them more of an organic and natural cascading feel.
5. I simply adhered the floss to the ceiling with blue painter's tape.
Step 3: Add Some Fancies
I was content with just adding clouds to my ceiling. I like the look of simplicity. But you can add lights, ornaments, or whatever tickles your fancy!
Believe it or not, hot glue generally peels right off of properly painted walls without leaving any kind of damage or peeling off the paint (you can see this in the first two pictures above). So I used hot glue to adhere the fiber fill clouds to the ceiling. If you are worried about it, only put the hot glue onto the blue tape that you attached the snowflakes with. Then it will be guaranteed to peel right off.
IMPORTANT TIP: Always test the hot glue on an inconspicuous place on your walls (for example, near the trim) before applying to your ceiling. Allow it to dry, then peel it off.
Here's How to Add Clouds:
1. Put a dab of glue on the ceiling.
2. Quickly add a cluster of fiber fill.
3. Press the fiber fill into the glue until it sticks.
4. Add more glue and fiber fill as desired.
You can add your lights or ornaments anywhere you please.
TIP: If adding strand lights to your ceiling, I would suggest attaching them with staples and a staple gun. When you pull out the decor afterwards, it will leave minimal holes behind.
Step 4: You're Done!
You're done! Sit back and admire.
It will surely make a statement in ANY room! Don't be afraid to be bold--go big or go home ;)
Thanks for stopping by. Many blessings.