Today I’m sharing with y’all my third and final Christmas craft. This one is a little more difficult than the other two, but still super doable. You should probably read the tutorial though, instead of just scrolling through the pics and taking off on your own. Yeah, I’m onto you.
Yesterday’s idea was for all those old frames that are missing glass, today’s idea is for all those frames lucky enough to keep their glass intact.
- Frames with glass
- Spray paint
- Spray adhesive
- snowflake stencils
- glass cleaner
The first step is to round up your random frames, take out the glass, discard the cardboard backing, and spray paint those suckers. I chose gold and silver by Rust-Oleum.
Try not to drop your hot chocolate, glass of wine, or frosty cup of water when I tell you this, but until this project I had never used gold or silver spray paint. I don’t know what I was waiting for, this stuff is amazing…especially that gold. It’s the perfect gold…not to 80’s pinkish or overly yellow and chrome-y, it’s modern and delicious. 2014 might just be the year of gold spray paint around here.
Moving onto the meat of the project, the snowflakes. You will need the glass from the frames, more spray paint, spray adhesive, glass cleaner, scrap paper, and snowflake stencils (you can buy them HERE).
Here is a closer shot of the spray paint it used.
The first three cans are what I painted the snowflakes with…plain white, frosted glass, and mirror effect (all are by Rust-Oleum, cause they make the best spray paint). The fourth bottle is spray adhesive by 3M (bought it on amazon), and that last one is the glass cleaner (fish foam is awesome) to clean the glass with really well before you begin painting.
At first I tried to spray paint the snowflakes without any adhesive (I’ve never had to use adhesive before), but the result was less than stellar.
If I was going for an artistic “snowflake melting on your warm car window” look then this would be perfect, but I was hoping for something a little crisper. Here is a snowflake I did with the adhesive…
Much better. Since I have never used spray adhesive before let me share a few things I learned along the way…
1) Less is more. Seriously, you need hardly any for it to work properly. If you use too much you are going to hate this project and then probably hate me for telling you about it.
2) Lightly spray your stencil and then let it sit and dry for a few minutes before placing it on your glass. You want the adhesive to stick the stencil, not the glass.
3) If you use too much glue and slap it on your glass too fast you will be left with a ton of sticky stuff around your snowflake. Then you will grab your paper towel and fish foam to try and scrub it off, but in the process you will also scrub off a large portion of your snowflake. Consequently, the sticky adhesive will still be there and you will have to go find a new piece of glass. That’s just a hypothesis…it’s not like that’s what happened to me or anything. That would be so out of character.
After you place the barely sticky stencil on the glass, cover up any exposed glass and spray paint the snowflake.
That is the mirror effect spray paint, and it’s actually pretty amazing. When you first spray it on it look gray and horrible, but then as it dries it starts to look like a mirror.
When it’s all dried and set it actually IS a mirror. A dirty kinda fuzzy mirror, but a mirror nonetheless. Pretty cool.
After you’ve made all the snowflakes insert the glass back into the frames (glue with E-6000 if there aren’t tabs) and hang wherever you want! Make sure you put the sprayed side of the glass toward the back of the frame and clean the front. (If you have to clean the side with the snowflakes just know that the mirror kind rubs off somewhat easily, the frosted glass can take some scrubbing, and the white is somewhere in between.)
So that’s the tutorial…aren’t they pretty? I’m pretty sure they are my favorite Christmas craft to date.