I have no patience. Like, none. So after I asked Rob for the fifth or sixth time to get the Christmas tree down from the attic for me to be put off for another day I decided to take matters into my own hands. Never mind that I’m stupid accident prone and scared to death of everything about the attic… when I get irked enough I no longer see the sense of it all until I’ve got my ass wedged into a ladder rung with a Christmas tree box technically too heavy for me resting on the back of my head frantically trying to figure out how to get out of this situation without breaking my neck.
And it’s not like I didn’t know what I was in for I just got myself worked up into a tizzy to where I just didn’t care. Just opening the door and lowering that heavy freaking wooden ladder I found myself chanting “please don’t break my nose. Please don’t break my nose” as I brought it down and I still hauled myself up the thing!!! That tree box eventually did find it’s way to the floor of the garage and I found myself, luckily unscathed but guess what? Wrong freaking tree! As I looked around wide-eyed and super irritated with myself what do I see on the ground? Oh, yeah, it’s the Christmas tree Rob has been going to put up in the attic for “soon” for 2 years now peeking from behind his old bachelor sofa we still need to get rid of :)
But back to this patience thing… sometimes a quick and easy craft is just what I need and, in all honesty, are ones I typically find myself enjoying the most. Crafting is my main gig and sometimes it does actually feel like work but these fun and colorful rhinestone snowflake ornaments were just. plain. fun. In fact I had planned on only using half of the wooden ornament forms I had gotten from Hobby Lobby for this and using the other half in a different way, but as soon as I got going I wound up painting and decorating almost all of them because I was enjoying my impatient self.
This project wasn’t even my idea. My sister and I are both making DIY ornaments for our family tree and texting back and for pics of the ones we’re making and I literally asked if I could rip these guys off to share here on the blog. Is this difficult? Nope. In fact my sister described how to do what I’m sharing here in a bunch of pics in, like, a single sentence. Could you figure this out for yourself? Yup. So why am I showing you them today? Because they’re awesome and I love ’em and they’re too fun and colorful not to and even if it didn’t particularly feel like work, this is still my job! :)
For this project you will need:
- Wood snowflake forms (can’t find the exact ones online, got mine in store at Hobby Lobby, but you might find an alternative here)
- Rhinestones ( I am in LOVE with these rainbow gems from Michael’s)
- Quick drying glue (I like Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue)
These forms are wood and really good sized, again, you can find them in store only, it would seem, at Hobby Lobby.
Paint these guys any color you’d like (I raided the craft stash) and allow to fully dry.
Using your favorite glue adhere rhinestones in a symmetrical pattern.
I started working with these and hot glue and it was a DISASTER! Keeping the glue on the backs of the stones and not accidentally burning myself was a mess! And the strings, oh my dear word, the strings that glue left behind. I wound up digging out Turbo Tacky Glue because it dries quickly, but not so quickly that you don’t have any wiggle room if you want to push something a little in one direction or another because you got it slightly off the first time.
It dries more quickly than, say, school glue, and is thick enough that once it does start to set up you can flip this guy over and move it all around to keep on sticking the bling on. And if you’re impatient like me, that’s a definite plus.
Once decorated to the perfect level of tackiness, erm, I mean to your personal taste :), add a string of yarn, baker’s twine or whatever you have on hand and looks cute to hang these guys by.
These rhinestone snowflake guys are super gaudy but that only makes them EVEN MORE FABULOUS in my book!
Not difficult, not ground breaking but the perfect little winter craft and I hope you enjoy making your own!