If you enjoy decorating for the holidays as much as celebrating them with family and friends, then this DIY nowflake project is for you. With just a few Dremel tools and some wooden fence pickets, you can create a winter wonderland, complete with several of these snowflake yard decorations.
Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to make this outdoor holiday décor you’ll use year after year.
- Dremel Ultra Saw
- 8 – Wooden fence pickets
- Tape measure
- Safety glasses
- Ear plugs
- Work gloves
- Wood glue
- 1¼-in. Galvanized nails
- Behr Premium Plus EXTERIOR paint in Ultra Pure White
- Paint brush
- Dremel Multi-max Tool
- 220-grit Dremel sanding attachment
- Dremel 4200 Rotary Tool
- 1-in. x 2-in. Wooden stake
- 1½-in. Galvanized nails
- Behr Premium Plus EXTERIOR paint in Graphic Charcoal
- Carpenter’s square
- Rubber gloves
- Microfiber cloth
Step 1: Measure, Mark & Cut Bottom
Measure, mark and using the Dremel Ultra Saw, cut off the bottom section of the Gothic fence pickets so that you end up with eight pieces that are 22½-in. long (the decorative portion), then set them aside. Keep the scraps, as you’ll use them in the next step.
Step 2: Assemble Infrastructure of Snowflake
Step 3: Lacing the Decorative Pickets Into A Snowflake
Using four decorative boards, create a cross, interweaving the boards into the “number symbol” you built in Step 2.
Attach them with wood glue, then secure them with nails.
Next, take the remaining four decorative pickets, and create another cross that lies diagonally from the one you just built, and secure it like the first–with wood glue, then nails.
Step 4: Paint Snowflake
Using Behr Premium Plus EXTERIOR paint in Ultra Pure White, paint the snowflake, getting into all the nooks and crannies, then allow it to dry.
Dry time varies depending on environment.
Step 5: Give it a Weathered Look
Step 6: Etch Decorative Lines
Next, using the Dremel 4200 we added some simple etching along the decorative pickets, to give the snowflake a more intricate look.
Step 7: Attach Garden Stake
Lastly, attach a 1-in. x 2-in. wooden stake to the back of the snowflake with 1½-in. galvanized nails. We painted ours with Behr Premium Plus EXTERIOR paint in Graphic Charcoal.
Now enjoy this lovely, DIY snowflake yard decoration.