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Do you have any ugly buttons lying around the house that you would never actually sew onto your own clothes, but can't seem to part with them? Well, I have a project for you! If you don't have these kind of buttons, you can always buy them at thrift stores or on Ebay. You want to look at the "texture" of the buttons because that is what will stand out when you paint them.
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The first thing I did was to cut the shanks off my buttons with wire cutters. The cheaper, plastic buttons work the best because they are lightweight and the shanks are easier to cut. Next, spray paint both sides of your mini craft sticks and buttons with Krylon Premium Chrome spray paint. Make SURE you allow one side to dry thoroughly before turning them over and spray painting the other side. I would allow them to "cure" overnight.
You will need 4 sticks to make one snowflake; glue the sticks together, using E-6000. I would not use hot glue for this part because you want the base to be sturdy and not fall apart if it is knocked around. Allow to dry overnight.
Next, use your low temp. hot glue gun and glue the button onto the middle of the snowflake. Add flat back rhinestones at the end of each stick and in the center of the button. I would NOT recommend painting any part of the snowflake with glitter paints or nail polish. I tried that and it took away from the shininess of the chrome paint. I love glitter, but this is one project that I would not recommend to use glitter on.
Lastly, I used some very narrow wire ribbon to make a loop and hot glue onto the back of one of the sticks. Now you are ready to hang your snowflakes on your tree! Merry Christmas!
*Mini craft sticks (Walmart has them.)
*Krylon Premium Chrome Spray Paint
*Ugly buttons with a lot of texture to them
*Flat back rhinestones (good quality ones!)
*Low temp. hot glue gun
*Very narrow ribbon or wire ribbon (approx. 1/8 inch wide)