Snowflake Wall Ornaments

Celebrate the season with these Scandinavian-inspired snowflake wall ornaments in two sizes. Assemble them in a few hours from simple materials and tools.

Make a Large Snowflake

Step 1: Cut four pieces of 1-inch [2.54 cm] square dowel 6 inches [15.24 cm] long. Cut four pieces of 7/16-inch [1.11 cm] round dowel 5 inches [12.7 cm] long, eight pieces of 1/4-inch [.635 cm] dowel 2-1/2 inches [6.35 cm] long, and eight pieces of 1/2-inch [1.27 cm] dowel 6 inches [15.24 cm] long. Sand all the pieces with 120-grit sandpaper and set the round dowels aside.

Step 2: Measure 1 inch [2.54 cm] from the end of a square dowel and drill a 7/16-inch [1.11 cm] hole through the dowel. On the end of the dowel nearest the 7/16-inch [1.11 cm] hole, drill a centered 1/8-inch [.318 cm] pilot hole. Repeat for the remaining square dowels.

Drill holes in four rosette extensions

Step 3: Cut a cardboard square slightly smaller than the size of the rosette. Lay the decorative surface of the rosette facing down on the cardboard and clamp both to your work surface. Centre a 1-inch [2.54 cm] square dowel piece along the edge of the rosette so their tops are flush. The hole in the dowel should run parallel to the work surface and be at the end away from the rosette. Clamp the dowel to your work surface, drill pilot holes about 1/2 inch [1.27 cm] deep, and use mending plates and the accompanying screws to fasten the dowel to the rosette supplied. Repeat for the other three sides of the rosette.

Screw extensions to the rosette

Step 4: In a 7/16-inch [1.11 cm] round dowel, drill parallel 1/4-inch [.635 cm] holes 3/4 inch [1.91 cm] from both ends. Repeat for the remaining 7/16-in [1.11 cm] dowels.

Good to Know: Drilling round dowels can be tricky. To draw a straight guideline along the dowel length, press the dowel against a flat surface and lay a pencil perpendicular to it with the point touching one end of the dowel. Draw the pencil tip along the dowel to make your line. Before drilling, use a nail or scratch awl to start the hole so the bit won’t wander.

Drill holes in round dowels

Step 5:: Insert a 7/16-inch [1.11 cm] round dowel in the hole of a square dowel, and glue it centered in position with the 1/4-inch [.635 cm] holes parallel with the square dowel. Repeat for the other three square dowels. Then insert the 1/4-inch [.635 cm] dowels through the holes in the 7/16-inch [1.11 cm] round dowels. Centre and glue them in place.

Insert dowels in rosette extensions

Step 6:: Hold a cedar ball steady in a clamp pressed flat against your work surface, and drill a 1/4-inch [.635 cm] hole halfway through the ball. (Again, start the hole with a nail or awl.) Repeat for the remaining cedar balls. If necessary, wrap tape around the drill bit 1/2 inch [1.27 cm] from the tip to provide a depth guide. Glue and insert cedar balls on the ends of the 1/4-inch [.635 cm] dowels and let dry.

Drill holes in cedar balls

Step 7: On the 1/2-in x 6-in [1.27 cm x 15.24 cm] dowels, cut a 45-degree mitre on one end. Glue a cedar ball to the opposite end of each dowel and let dry. Glue and centre the mitred end of a dowel on the side of a square dowel with the mitre tip touching the rosette. Repeat for the remaining mitred dowels. Then attach a finial to the end of each square dowel using the 1/8-inch [.318 cm] pilot hole you drilled in Step 2.

Attach diagonal dowels to snowflake

Screw finials to snowflake

Step 8: Glue #10 plate joining biscuits to the face of the rosette and dowels to fill out the snowflake pattern.

Drill hole to hang snowflake

Step 9: Flip the snowflake on its face and rest it on the work surface. On the back of one finial, drill a 1/4-inch [.635 cm] hole about 1/2 inch [1.27 cm] deep to hang the snowflake on a wall.

Drill hole to hang snowflake

Small Snowflake

Step 1: This 12-inch-square [30.48 cm] snowflake can be assembled quickly with only a few simple cuts, making it even easier to build than the large snowflake. Clamp a table leg to a work surface and drill a 7/16-inch [1.11 cm] hole through the side. Repeat for the remaining three table legs in the same locations.

Good to Know: To make the 7/16-inch [1.11 cm] hole easier to drill, first make a 1/8-inch [.318 cm] pilot hole through the table leg for the larger bit to follow.

Drill a hole in each table leg

Step 2: Cut four 7/16-inch [1.11 cm] dowels 4-3/4 [12.065 cm] inches long. Centre a dowel in each table leg and glue in place.

Step 3: Drill a 1/4-inch [.635 cm] centred hole on each side of the rosette. Screw the table legs into the holes.

Drill holes in the rosette sides

Step 4: Glue 1/2-inch [1.27 cm] wood buttons to the ends of the 7/16-inch [1.11 cm] dowels. Then glue a cedar ball to the end of each table leg.

Glue a cedar ball to each table leg

Step 5: On the back of one table leg, drill a 1/4-inch [.635 cm] hole about 1/4 inch [.635 cm] deep to hang the completed snowflake on a wall.

Drill a hole to hang the snowflake

PROJECT DETAILS

Skill Level: Intermediate

Estimated Cost: $30

Time Estimate: A few hours

Tools:

  • Mitre box and handsaw or mitre saw
  • Drill and bit set
  • Hot glue gun or wood glue
  • Scratch awl
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdrivers
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Squeeze-grip clamps

Materials:

Large snowflake:

  • 7/8-in x 3-3/4-in x 3-3/4-in [2.22 cm x 9.525 cm x 9.525 cm] pine rosette
  • 7/16-in x 48-in [1.11 cm x 1.22 m] round dowel, #19381
  • 1/2-in x 48-in [1.27 cm x 1.22 m] round dowel, #19382
  • 1/4-in x 48-in [.635 cm x 1.22 m] round dowel, #19377
  • 1-in x 36-in [2.54 cm x 91.44 cm] square hardwood dowel, #28604
  • #10 plate joining biscuits, 100-count, #119406
  • 2 – 1-3/4-in [4.45 cm] oak finials Cedar balls, #86864
  • 1/2-in [1.27 cm] wood buttons, #81615
  • Stanley 3-in [7.62 cm] mending braces, pack of 4, #141660

Small snowflake:

  • 7/16-in [1.11 cm] round dowel, #19381
  • 4 – 3-3/4-in [9.525 cm] table legs, #848
  • Cedar balls, #360071
  • 1/2-in [1.27 cm] wood buttons, #81615
  • 7/8-in x 2-3/4-in x 2-3/4-in [2.22 cm x 6.985 cm x 6.985 cm] pine rosette

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