Get Ready For Christmas With This DIY Countdown Snowflake

November 28th, 2022 by

Woman decorating

The countdown is on. Santa’s been working on it for a while now. You’ve been at it, too. Shopping. Decorating. Planning. Chances are, you still have a full to-do list. As the clock ticks closer and closer to December 25, you can get ready for Christmas with this DIY countdown snowflake.

Materials You’ll Need To Get Started

  • (4) 20” pine wood lath
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • hot glue gun + wood glue sticks
  • (8) 4-1/2” pine wood lath pieces
  • miter saw
  • (4) 5” pine wood lath pieces
  • white spray paint
  • drill + bit
  • stencil numbers
  • sandpaper
  • black paint + small brush
  • dark wax
  • coarse brush
  • (2) rubber washers
  • large clock hand + hardware

Building The Arms

They say no two snowflakes look the same. But Christmas countdown snowflakes? They might look awfully similar. Start by making two crosses with your longer pieces of lath and cross them so you get the foundation for what looks like an eight-sided snowflake. Next, glue the five-inch pieces at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock respectively if you were building a clock. Remember, glue them each into place as you go along. Next, take out your can of white spray paint and turn it into the snowflake you know it can be.

Drill A Hole For The Clock Hand

In the center, drill a hole for the clock hand. Don’t worry, you’re not building a motor or anything. You or your family can enjoy the fun of turning it manually – similar to the way they might open a door each day on an Advent Calendar.

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Finishing Touches

It’s time for the numbers. Because it’s numbers for the time. Use your stencil to add one through 24 on the extremities of your snowflake. After the numbers dry, use dark wax and a coarse brush to add a distressed look. Finally, add your clock hand and you’re ready to go.


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