The 3Doodler pen is a fun craft tool for teens and adults. Use it to make delicate blue DIY snowflakes to hang in a window for holiday decor.
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Additionally, I received a complimentary 3Doodler Create+ from the manufacturer so I could see how it works.
When I was a kid, my mom would buy this spray stuff in a can and decorate the edges of our windows. It looked as if they were covered in frosty snow. We also cut paper snowflakes and hung them in the windows. I loved it all.
This year I got to test-drive the 3Doodler Create+ and you’ll see it is included in my holiday gift guide for tweens and teens. It’s a pretty fun craft tool, although it is definitely for older kids and adults, not little ones.
We were playing with it and I realized it would be the perfect tool for making DIY snowflakes.
I printed a few patterns to trace and we were making them in minutes. Overall the technique is similar to making snowflakes with glue and wax paper, but these snowflakes dry hard and more durable than the glue version. I dropped my snowflakes a few times with no damage.
How to make DIY snowflakes
- 3Doodler Create+
- clear blue PVA plastic (the kit above comes with some)
- printable snowflake template (at the bottom of this post)
- wax paper
- ribbon or string
Most of the “how-to” is just following the 3Doodler instructions. I traced our snowflakes directly on the paper, but the PVA sticks a bit more than the PLA, so you may want to put wax paper down so that the snowflakes are easier to remove.
Start by heating the 3Doodler and insert a strand of clear blue PVA. Using the PVA temperature setting and the slow speed, trace each snowflake.
I like to hold my 3Doodler with my thumb resting on the speed button so that I can stop and start easily.
The plastic cools almost instantly, and then you can peel the snowflakes off of the template/wax paper.
Cut lengths of ribbon and hang the snowflakes in a window or on the Christmas tree. You could also stick the DIY snowflakes to the window with clear tape or sticky tack, or use them to decorate other areas too.
3Doodler Create+ tips
- The 3Doodler Create+ does get hot, like a hot glue gun, so be careful.
- Try different colors to match your Christmas decor.
- Once you’ve mastered the snowflakes, you can print any line art and trace the lines to make something!
DIY snowflakes template printable
The page has 5 snowflakes on it and prints on 8.5×11-inch paper. Feel free to use it for other craft projects where you need a snowflake shape.
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