How to Make Hot Glue Snowflakes

Hot glue is a go-to supply for crafters because it is so multi-purpose. You can literally create just about anything, like these DIY snowflakes. Turn them into ornaments or window clings and watch how they transform your holiday decor instantly! Get the kids involved and add color or glitter for a little extra pizzazz. Grab your hot glues guns and let's get started.

DIY Hot Glue Snowflake Ornaments (Image: ks)

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Things You'll Need

Supplies (Image: Kalia Silva-Phillips)

Step 1: Create or Print a Snowflake Template

Start by searching online for a free printable snowflake template. If you don't find anything to your liking, try creating your own template in photoshop or a user-friendly photo app. Search for snowflakes that are easily traceable with your glue gun. If you are good at drawing, disregard the template altogether and free-hand your own snowflakes!

DIY Hot Glue Snowflake Ornaments (Image: KS)

Step 2: Cover Template With Contact Paper Lining

Take the wax side of a piece of contact paper lining and cover your template or hand drawn snowflakes, wax side up. Do not use the sticky side of the contact paper.

DIY Hot Glue Snowflake Ornaments (Image: KS)

Tape the four corners of the contact paper lining to the surface you are using so it doesn't move when you begin to trace the snowflake image.

DIY Hot Glue Snowflake Ornaments (Image: KS)


Use a roll of CLEAR contact paper. The lining is somewhat translucent, which makes it easy to trace a snowflake template. Most patterned/colored contact paper has a solid white wax lining and is not as easy to see through.

Step 3: Trace Snowflakes With Hot Glue Gun

Grab your glue gun and begin tracing your first template. Be sure to connect all the lines and make them thick so the snowflake stays in one piece once it's time to peel it away from the contact paper lining.

DIY Hot Glue Snowflake Ornaments (Image: ks)

A good way to resolve a shaky hand while tracing is to rest the glue gun on its kickstand and point it down as you drag it across the paper.

Step 4: Allow Hot Glue Snowflake to Cool

After tracing your snowflake, allow it to cool 3-5 minutes before removing from contact paper lining.

DIY Hot Glue Snowflake Ornaments (Image: Kalia Silva-Phillips)


If you have several snowflakes on one sheet of paper, start on another while the one you just made cools off.

Step 5: Peel Snowflakes Away From Lining

Once your snowflakes have cooled off for a few minutes, begin to peel them away from the paper. You'll be amazed at how easy they come off! Look, you have beautiful new snowflake window clings.

DIY Hot Glue Snowflake Ornaments (Image: ks)
DIY Hot Glue Snowflake Ornaments (Image: ks)

Step 6: Decorate Your Windows

Make as many snowflakes as you like in different shapes and sizes. Now it's time to decorate!

DIY Hot Glue Snowflake Ornaments (Image: ks)

To adhere them to the window, add a dab of hot glue to a few corners of each snowflake (quickly, as hot glue dries fast) and press them onto your window. Reposition snowflakes at anytime by repeating this step.

DIY Snowflakes (Image: KS)

There you have it! DIY hot glue snowflakes to make your holiday season a little brighter. Use them for years to come!

DIY Snowflakes (Image: ks)


Bring the kids into the fun and add some color! Here are a few ways...
1) Use a glittered glue stick to make your snowflakes.
2) None on hand? No problem! Brush Elmer's glue onto the snowflakes while on the paper lining and sprinkle glitter over them.
3) Paint the snowflakes with nail polish in the color of your choice while it's still on the paper.

Buy materials for this tutorial:

Pack of glue sticks (clear or glitter)