Home improvements: Snowflakes made from wooden clothes pegs

Traditional paper snowflakes still make for great window decorations, but wooden snowflakes can be hung around the house and used as tree ornaments and will last longer than one season.

Nothing says “festive” quite like snowflakes. Traditional paper snowflakes still make for great window decorations, but wooden snowflakes can be hung around the house and used as tree ornaments and will last longer than one season. You will need eight wooden clothes pegs, hot glue, scissors and some wood stain. Start by taking each peg apart, removing the metal springs. Once you’ve dismantled each peg, you’ll be left with two separate parts, which should be glued back together with the flatter sides touching. Each rejoined peg should taper off at one end. Glue the two parts together and leave to dry. ­Repeat with your other pegs.

Take two of the newly joined pairs and glue the wider-angled tips together, so that the long, tapering ends are extending outward at an angle. Once you’ve joined four of the pegs together, you’ll have a cross shape with a small hole in the centre. Slot another four pegs into the remaining spaces and you’ll have a snowflake. You now have the option to either leave it au ­naturel or stain your ornament. For a more traditional snowflake, glitter paint or spray paint will work just as well.

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Published: December 11, 2014 04:00 AM

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