A friend gave me several glass bead snowflakes for my tree last year. They are very fragile, ornate and gorgeous. I love them. Unfortunately...one has already been broken. It got me thinking about how to replicate their intricacy without the delicacy. So I played around with my glue gun, making dots and dashes mostly and then eventually coming up with snowflake designs.
- Glue gun that uses mini glue sticks
- Glue gun pad (clear)
- Clear mini glue sticks (2-3 per ornament)
- Bright Fill Moon Drops (I used clear, but you can used colored as well)
Hint: Start at the center and work out. DO NOT try to place dots/dashes right next to each other as they will ooze together (see top right photo of what not to do). You may need to glue, skip next dot/dash, glue, skip next dot/dash, etc.
- Place a template under the glue gun pad.
- Squeeze glue gun until the drop fills the circle. DO NOT touch the pad with the glue gun.
- Add a Moon Drop flat side down (and in each large circle on the diagram). BE CAREFUL not to burn your fingers.
- Continue glue dots/dashes until template is complete.
- Let the glue cool.
- Gently peel from the glue gun pad.
- It is natural to have "spider webs" on it, gently pick these off or snip with pointy scissors. I found rubbing them between my hands was enough to get most of them off.
- Tie a gold string for hanging.
After some trial and error I was able to make a set of 4 in an hour by making 2 at a time on the same glue gun pad.
Once you've mastered dots & dashes...you can use Glitter Glue Sticks to add a little more pizzazz.