Wood Dowel Snowflakes

Dress up your home for the holidays with snowflakes. Use dowels and glue to make these quick-and-easy holiday decorations that can hang from a staircase, doorway, or window.


Step 1: Cut dowels into nine 6″ [15.24 cm] pieces and one 18″ [45.72 cm] piece.

Step 2: Sand rough edges with 120-grit sandpaper until smooth.

Step 3:  On the 18″ [45.72 cm] dowel, mark the placement of the three snowflakes. The first is 3″ [7.62 cm] down from the top, the second snowflake is 6″ [15.24 cm] down from that, and the third 6″ [15.24 cm] farther down.

Step 4: Gather three 6″ [15.24 cm] dowel sections for the first snowflake. Place a drop of glue on the centre of a 6″ [15.24 cm] dowel and attach horizontally to the first marked spot on the 18″ [45.72 cm] dowel. Arrange the second 6″ [15.24 cm] dowel diagonally, crossing the T formation, and glue to the centre of the dowel. Attach the third 6″ [15.24 cm] dowel by crossing the second dowel diagonally to form an X. Glue to the centre of the diagonal dowel and press down.

Step 5: Repeat this process for the next two snowflakes. When complete, let the glue dry completely.

Step 6: Spray-paint the entire project with metallic silver spray paint. For extra embellishment, tap one upholstery nail into the centre of each snowflake.

Step 7: Screw a cup hook into the top of the 18″ [45.72 cm] dowel to hang.

Step 8: Make additional snowflake dowels to cover your desired area. (We used four.) Embellish silver snowflakes with ribbon or ornaments as desired.


Skill Level: Beginner

Estimated cost: $8

Time Estimate: 1 hour

Dimensions: 18″ [45.72 cm] x 6″ [15.24 cm]


  • Tape measure
  • Hand Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Hammer

Get It at Lowe’s:

  • 2 – 1/4″ x 36″ [.64 cm x 91.44 cm] hardwood square dowel, #27546
  • Metallic Silver spray paint
  • 1 package – 1/2″ [1.27 cm] white cup hooks, #330634
  • 3″ [7.62 cm] nickel upholstery nails, #58197 (optional)
  • Krazy Glue, #5850

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