Sunday, November 3, 2013

Burlap 3D Snowflakes




I had some burlap fabric that I coated with mod podge in hopes of making tan flowers like the ones I made here.  I think it's a bit too late to be making flowers now when all I keep thinking about is holiday crafts.

Everybody loves snowflakes and we definitely could start having some real ones at any moment around here. After all, it is November.  I'm sure you've seen the 3D paper snowflakes that are so popular across the internet.  I made one out of  burlap which makes for an awesome holiday ornament. 

Here's how I did it:  Using burlap, mod podge, scissors, ruler, and hot glue . . .




1.  Cut out six 4 inch squares of stiffen burlap  ( I coated burlap with mod podge and let dry)

2.  Fold a burlap square in half, diagonally to form a triangle. 

3.  Fold the triangle in half again.

4.  Cut three lines in the "folded" area of the triangle, parallel to the edge of the triangle, stopping just short of the edge (1/4").

5.  Unfold the triangle.  You should see cut lines in the shape of a diamond.

6.  Glue the edges of the innermost cut lines (smallest) together forming a tube.

7.  Turn the burlap square over to the other side and glue the next two edges together as before. Larger than the previous one.

8.   Keep turning over the burlap  and gluing the edges to form a curve shape.

9.   All the edges have been joined creating one "arm" of the snowflake. . . 
  so beautiful!

  Repeat the same process for each of the remaining 5 burlap squares.


Glue three of the glued burlap arms together at one end and glue the remaining arms together the same way.  Then glue the two sets together at the ends.


Glue where each of the six burlap strands meet. . .


So that the snowflake (six arms together) shape is formed. 



So pretty!
I love the look of just a single arm of the snowflake.
 These can be hung individually . . . 

                                                       with a hint of sparkle



  or grouped together for a large snowflake. . .








 3D burlap snowflakes are so much better than the paper ones.  Wouldn't they look fabulous on a tree with a rustic theme, hanging as ornaments or as a tree topper?  Why not add some glitter for a bit of sparkle or hang on the fireplace or perhaps in front of a window for a winter wonderland effect?
So many possibilities. . .



Take a little time to enjoy,












51 comments:

  1. You are a GENIUS!! I love this SO much! I am going to start mod podging my burlap now.
    So very very cool!

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  2. Gail, This is amazing! My kids used to make these in school out of paper, but burlap?? Wow, what impact! Love them! :) Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable

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  3. Thank you so much! That is what I'm looking for.

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  4. You are one talented lady!! I've seen this done with scrapbook paper, but this one take the cake! Love it!

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  5. Totally love this snowflake! Just gorgeous!! And your photos are always amazing!

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  6. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We invite you to come and link this up to our blog here : http://rosevinecottagegirls.blogspot.com/2013/10/photos-from-cottage-link-up-3.html

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  7. Love this! So pretty. Please tell me about your glue gun, thanks ~ Jenn

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! It's a narrow point glue gun by Surebonder. I think I got it at JoAnn's using a coupon. I use it when I need just a little bit of glue to hold things.

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  8. Love this! Cannot wait to make some.

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  9. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing how to make these! I love them and will def be making a lot of them!!

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  10. I may try this by lightly dusting the burlap with white spray paint and letting the burlap show through. It would still have a rustic look but take on a "snowy" appearance. This would also make a great template to make pointsettias with a different medium such as double sided scrap book paper, felt or other fabric. Hmmmm....I think I need to clear off all the junk that's accumulated on my craft table and get going on this! Thanks so much for posting this project!

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  11. Oh my gosh is this stunning! I need to make one of these for the holidays. Thank you for the how-to.

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  12. Oh wow that's amazing???? I really want to try that!

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  13. These are beautiful! You are so talented! Snowflakes are one of my favorite Holiday decorations!
    Jemma

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  14. LOVE that you made this out of burlap, so cute!

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  15. OMG that is amazing! Please tell me you are selling those, LOL...I am sooo pinning this to pinterest.

    You rock, I am going to have to try this!

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  16. LOVE IT!! If you haven't already I would love for you to link up to my weekly linky party. http://www.somedayilllearn.com/2013/11/04/teach-tuesday-40/

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  17. Incredible!! I bought some burlap a while ago without any plans for what I was going to do with. Now I know what I'm going to do!

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  18. Did you put the modpodge on before cutting the squares? And, did you put the modpodge on front and back of the burlap? Thanks so much!

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    1. I coated the burlap just on one side with mod podge to make flowers which I never did. You know how we start and stop projects before completing. Thought of using the coated burlap when I was looking for snowflakes to make for another project I'm working on.

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  19. They are just gorgeous! Thanks for the how to, I think I'll give them a try.

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  20. Gail! These are so fabulous!!! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial with us...I just HAVE to make some of these for Christmas. You are just full of great ideas! I saw your post over at " A Stroll Thru Life" blog party...your thumbnail just jumped out at me...I didn't know it was you till I clicked on the picture.

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  21. Very pretty!! I love snowflakes and they are so country and homey out off burlap. Pinned! Visiting from The Scoop

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  22. Your burlap snowflake is so pretty I want to make some for Christmas gifts! Thanks for the "how to"! Visiting from MMM.

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  23. My girls have made these snowflakes in the past but with just plain white paper. The burlap adds a whole different dimension. A nice change! Visiting from 'FlusterBuster' link up (I'm #193).

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  24. Great tutorial! thanks so much for sharing :) http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com

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  25. This is such a creative use for burlap! There are so many burlap projects out there, but I have never seen one like this. I LOVE it! Thank you so much for linking up at Get Your DIY On! I hope to see you back on Sunday at 7pm EST to link up your furniture transformations! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

    ~Abby =)

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  26. Pinned!! I love this Gail and I have to say the one with just a little sparkle is lovely!

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  27. Wow gail your talents never cease to amaze me! I wouldn't have guessed how to make something like this, but your tutorial cleared it up for me! I rarely use my Pinterest but I think I'll post this because it's great!

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  28. Wow! This is amazing! I would love it if you would link up to my link party at http://ihearthandson.blogspot.ca/2013/11/show-off-fridays-3.html

    Have a great weekend!

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  29. Pardon my ignorance ,but what on earth is mod podge?

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  30. That is beautiful! I can't wait to try it!!! Thanks for such great instructions.

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  31. Stopping by to Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events and let you know you have been featured http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2013/11/dessert-display-with-flour-sack.html. Party is up hope you can stop by and share some more of your great ideas....Hugs Tammy

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  32. That is absolutely gorgeous, they will be stunning on the tree.

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  33. Your snowflake is lovely, very rustic looking. I never thought of mod podging the burlap, but I think I'm going to have to try that!! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

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  34. I know I say this every time you make an ornament or bauble that it is my favorite, but I do not think you can top this one. It is so wonderful. The burlap snowflake is number one of all you have done.

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  35. That is amazing! I bet it's not as easy as you make it look. :)

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  36. Hi lovely lady.
    I love your snowflake you did a great job putting this together.
    Diane

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  37. What size is the finished star? I think these would look great hanging in my dining room windows, but they would have to be large enough.

    Thanks!

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  38. It's really a good size to hang in windows -about 10 inches all around. Increase the square size to 5 or 6 inches and you will have a huge snowflake. For larger squares, you will have to make more slits to roll.

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  39. This is so pretty! Thanks for posting the tutorial. Definitely pinning.

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  40. Oh, goodness, these are amazing! I must give these a try- thank you for an excellent tutorial, Gail.

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  41. This is absolutely gorgeous! And what a brilliant idea to coat it in mod podge. I love love this!

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  42. I love these! I never knew how to make them. I pinned your how-to to my Christmas Crafts for Kids board. I'm going to try making them with my bigger kids.

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  43. I love the burlap snowflake, and hope to make some this weekend. I am doing a small rustic tree and these will work well!

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  44. I tried making a snowflake last evening. What type of glue did you use on the edges to make the tubes? I used Elmers but it didn't dry quick enough and the four tubes kept springing open. I felt like I would need some mini clothes pins or something to hold it together while it dried. What was your trick? LOL

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    1. Ha! Sorry, no trick, just used a glue gun putting a little bit to hold. There's a picture of doing this included in my post. If you want to use regular glue I would recommend Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue. I love this and it should work just fine.

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  45. Thank you for sharing your tutorial, these snowflakes are absolutely perfect! I have pinned and will be trying this. Great project!
    Debbie :)

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