Upcycled Hardware Snowflake Ornament

As part of my ongoing quest to make sure my husband is represented on our Christmas tree, I came up with another quick, easy, and practically free homemade ornament for him this year:


I was trying to think of an interest of his that had not yet been addressed and translated into ornament form, so I went looking around the house and garage for inspiration. As soon as my eyes fell on this box I knew I was on to something:


Everyone has one of these in their garage, right? If you don’t- how you live your life? Really. We’re always digging around for a nail or screw or anchor or picture hook.

Here’s a complete list of the tools and supplies I gathered up to make this gift:


Let’s start with the really quick explanation of how to construct this ornament in The Short and Sweet section, and I’ll give ya step by step instructions and a few tips in the All the Details section.

The Short and Sweet

  1. Collect a bunch of nails and screws of varying lengths. Then grab a few washers or bolts, too.
  2. Lay them out in the shape of a snowflake.
  3. Tie some ribbon to the washer and start glueing the nails and screws to the back of it. Glue a washer on the back and wrap up this unique ornament for your favorite handyman or handylady.

All the Details:

Prep your materials.

1. (Plug in your hot glue gun and set it to high temp so it’s hot and ready to go when you need it.)

2. Sort out screws and nails into sets of four. I went with 4 sets of screws and nails, you could go with more or less depending on what you find in your hardware stash. Grab a few washers for the front and back center pieces.


3. Lay out all the pieces in the shape of a snowflake. I like to place the larger pieces first and then fill in the smaller ones. 



Make the center of the snowflake.

4. Cut a piece of ribbon about 16 inches long.


5. Take your washer, face down...


6. And, with that piece of ribbon folded in half, push it through the center of the washer.


7. Feed the ends of the ribbon through the loop.


8. Pull the ribbon ends tight to secure it.


Assemble the snowflake.

9. Put your washer face down, with the ribbon pointing towards you.

10. I find it easiest to work from the center outwards in a symmetrical project, so I started by glueing the screw that was going to be vertical and in the center of the bottom of the ornament. (Because the ornament is flipped in the picture, what looks like the top in these pictures will actually be the bottom when the ornament is forward facing and right side up. Hopefully I didn’t just confuse you further.)


11. Then, I added a little glue right over the ribbon, across from that, and placed a matching screw. I made sure the tips of the screws were right next to each other to add a little stability.


12. After that, I thought it would be easiest to add one of the horizontal pieces in the middle, making sure the tip of this screw touched the tips of the already glued screws.


13. Following that was the one across from it. So far we have a plus sign.


14. Then, at the center point between each of the four screws, I added the similarly sized, but different colored screws. I glued them so that each screw added created a 45° angle.


15. Next, between the top three screws (when it’s right side up, these will be the bottom three screws), I glued the two smaller screws, and then glued the other two across from them on the lower half of the snowflake.


16. To complete the snowflake I glued those four small nails in the spaces left over.


Make it sturdy.

17. This part is optional, and you may chose to skip it if you have a phobia of too much hot glue in your projects, but I chose to fill in the spaces between the screws and nails to make it kid proof. They love to help with the ornaments, ya know.


18. The only bummer is that you can see the glue from the side, especially if you have small-ish washers (like I do). But, I think it’s worth it so that we won’t have screws popping off later.

Add the other washer to the back, right in the center where all those tips meet.


19. Flip it over to the front side and, if you were able to scrounge up a decorative washer (or is that a bolt? I dunno) glue it to the center.


Finish off the ribbon.

20. Tie a double knot near the end of the ribbon. (You may even want to test fit it on a tree branch to get the right size for your tree.)


21. Take that lighter and run the ends of the ribbon through the flame to melt the ends a little. (This seals the ribbon and keeps it from fraying.)


That’s it! You made a very personal, very unique, and very cheap ornament!


And for so little money! Here's what this project me:


If you don’t have the hardware lying around, you can head to a home improvement store and pick some up for somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-7 bucks. Still a good price if ya ask me.

I can't wait for Mr. Berry to open this up on Christmas morning!

Tell me, are you making any ornaments this year?


Happy glueing and and tying, friends. And whatever you make, make it yours!

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