I bought these foam snowflakes from the Walmart clearance section more than a year ago and I had no idea what I was going to do with them. I just knew that for $1.50 for a giant package of three colors, I had to get them and I could somehow make something cool. Unfortunately, it took me about a year. But I'm pretty pleased with the result and even more pleased with how little glitter ended up on the floor and the desk and the chair and the puppies!
Here's how I did it...
- Foam snowflakes
- Glitter (I used the chunky style and the fine stuff and even threw a few microbeads in there just to see what would happen...)
- Twig-style wreath (branch-style?)
- Elmer's spray glue
- Mod Podge Spray (this was the glossy kind because it's what I had)
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Paintbrush (to spread the Mod Podge)
- Newspaper (to protect everything from glitter!)
- Ribbon (just a bit to hang up the wreath)
I'm pretty sure you could easily cut some out of foam or cardboard and get the same effect. Or maybe the dollar store has something like this! I just wanted to use these little beauties that I found last year... I also have to confess that originally, I used regular Mod Podge liquid on the snowflakes, but that didn't really hold the glitter all that well. I think I was just too slow in applying it and ended up with spots that were already dry by the time I added glitter. I don't know what the exact problem was, but I had much better luck with the Elmer's spray glue...
So then I sprayed the Elmer's onto a snowflake - I kind of held it over the trash and then quickly threw it on the newspaper - and then poured glitter on it.
I did this a few times and then I let all my little snowflakes dry. I kind of put them in some plastic drawers that I covered in newspaper...
I made a whole bunch of these, let them dry, and then gathered them up with the rest of my supplies. I just started hot gluing them to the twig-like wreath. That was another dollar store purchase from many moons ago...
I put a few non-glittery snowflakes on there too because I hadn't really made enough glittery ones and I figured it would sort of give the eyes a break to have some plainer ones in there! I glued pretty randomly and glued some snowflakes just to each other. You can kind of see the layers in the photo above. I also wrapped a little ribbon around the wreath before covering that with the snowflakes.
Then I took my wreath outside and sprayed it with the Mod Podge Glossy finish spray. I gave it a few coats (and waited a few hours in between, just to be safe). I don't know how many coats you need, but I just wanted to minimize the glitter mess so I probably went overboard at around 4 coats or so... I blame the fumes!
After that was done, I threaded another piece of ribbon through the loop I tied around the wreath and then covered with snowflakes on the front. I just tied that piece so that I could hang the wreath on the door...
And then it was time to admire my work!
This thing is actually pretty massive, but the glitter is staying put and I have to say that I love the sparkly mix in there - some glitter shows up from far away and some you have to sort of get up close before you see it so it's not really too overwhelming. And I love the mix of colors!
Here's what some of the snowflakes look like up close...
See what I mean about the variety of glitter? I just love it! And it turned out that way because I bought some more glitter at Walmart and they only had the chunky kind, but I just didn't have too much of the fine stuff... I worried it would look weird, but now that's my favorite part!
You can see where I tried out the microbeads - on the middle dark snowflake with the silver glitter - I just wanted to see what they would look like. I think you shouldn't really waste time worrying about them. They were messy and didn't add much to the wreath and I had problems making them stick and not be too heavy... just not worth it to me, but I had fun experimenting with it!
So that's my winter wreath!