Hello, Friends! It's Monika here from Life With Lovebugs. Today is officially the first day of Winter! Here in Southern California the Winter season just means we will most likely not have temperatures in the triple digits, although we have had a few heat waves of 90+ in years past. I know that the rest of the country is probably preparing for the cold, snowy weather so I wanted to join in and bring some snow inside.
For today's project I used the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK Paper Snowflakes by Tim Holtz to make a snowflake chandelier. Ready to get started? Let's grab some supplies! I used adhesive backed glitter foam sheets to make the snowflakes and a 7" embroidery hoop to hand them from.
Start by die cutting your snowflakes using your Big Shot machine, cutting pads and a Magnetic Platform. Your Sizzix sandwich should be platform, Cutting Pad, foam - glitter side up, die then Cutting Pad.
You'll notice after one pass through that the die doesn't cut all the way through the foam, that's okay! You don't need to run it through again, you just need to remove the foam around the snowflake only, leaving the snowflake on the wax paper. This way you can just peel it off when you're ready to use it. You will need 2 die cut snowflakes for each piece, a front and a back will be sandwiched over the string.
Next, paint the outside hoop your blue color of choice, I also applied a layer of glitter paint on top for a bit of added sparkle.
While this dries, you want to add your strings to the inside hoop. Using clear jewelry thread (or fishing line) tie (4) medium length strings to hang your hoop. Knot the strings together at the top and then add your snowflake strings. I hung the hoop on a push pin on the wall while I tied (8) long strings for the snowflakes, hanging it up helped me to place the strings evenly around.
Now you're ready to add your snowflakes! This part is tricky, the foam sticks to everything and once it's stuck - it is not coming off! So you basically have one shot to get it right (no pressure!). Add one side of the snowflake to the string, the slowly match up the the other side over the string starting from left to right. This was the easiest way for me, but you can apply the two layers however you want. It doesn't have to be exact, remember that every snowflake is unique!
Once you have added all of your snowflakes to the strings, slide the outer hoop that you painted over the top hanging strings and tighten it. Now you're ready to hang your snowflake chandelier where ever you want!
I put mine in the living room next to my Christmas tree for now. Once Christmas is over I'm going to hang it in front of the window so the sun will shine on the glitter!
Other Supplies Used:
- 3-4 sheets of adhesive back glitter foam
- 7" embroidery hoop
- blue paint
- paint brush
- clear jewelry string (or fishing line)