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How to Make Wooden Snowflakes With Lights (page 2 of 2)

Make a bunch of these snowflakes and hang them from your front porch, from the eaves of your home or from tree branches. This is a perfect project for a beginner woodworker.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Create the Front Frame

Use the guide for cutting the long points, short points and short rails. Refer to the lengths of the parts in the cut list. Using a miter saw, cut 45-degree angles when cutting to shape both ends of the long pints and one end of the short points. Drill pocket holes in the short points and short rails.

Position the short point assemblies centered on the long point assemblies and attach using glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws.

Add Finishing Touches

Position the front frame on your work surface with the pocket holes facing up. Position the back frame, pocket holes up, rotated so the long and short points are diagonal to the long and short points of the front frame. Attach using glue and 1-1/4-inch deck screws (image 1).

Turn over the assembly (image 2) and make any desired adjustments. Paint the assembly using white spray paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Drill Holes for Lights

To illuminate the snowflake, select string lights containing 100 bulbs. Drill holes just big enough for the lights to fit through (for our lights an 11/32-inch hole was perfect) and spaced about two inches apart along the frame of the snowflake. Starting with a hole near the center of the snowflake, insert the lights working out toward the points, then over to the next set of points and back toward the center, then out again, repeating until you've inserted lights as desired around the entire snowflake.

There are several options for displaying the snowflake, such as hanging on a wall near an entrance, hanging it from a front porch or a tree or staking it in the ground. To hang it on a wall or front porch, use a screw or nail appropriate for the wall type or porch material and attach a picture hanger or screw eye to the back of the snowflake. You can use fishing line to suspend the snowflake from a tree or front porch (the line is relatively transparent and will be nearly invisible).

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