Turn common carpentry items, such as turned wood legs, doll heads, and dowels, into a stunning Christmas decoration. Make these minimalist snowflakes for the holidays, then marvel at their beauty all winter long.

September 27, 2017

With a little creative guidance, a pile of woodworking supplies effortlessly turns into a festive holiday decoration.

Follow our tutorial to learn how to make these DIY snowflakes, then hang a trio of them above your mantel for a winter wonderland scene. You can also place them on doors, windowsills, or any spot that could use a little holiday cheer. We love the natural look of the snowflakes, but feel free to paint, embellish, or decorate them as desired. 

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What You Need

  • Wood turning legs (2)
  • 1-1/4-inch wood doll heads (1)
  • 3/4-inch wood beads (22)
  • 1-inch wood doll heads (8)
  • .1875x36-inch wood dowel
  • Wood cube
  • Wood glue
  • Drill and 3/16-inch bit
  • Portable vise
  • Clamp
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Painters tape

Step 1: Cut Turned Wood Legs

With the help of your portable vise, cut each turned wood leg into two equal parts. At the end of each leg, carefully cut a bit more to remove the rounded edge.

Step 2: Drill Holes in Legs

Before drilling into the wood turned legs, check your drill bit size. You might need to adjust to a bigger bit to fit the size of your dowel. Drill a 3/16-inch hole, 1/2-inch deep, centered in each end of the turned wood legs. Then drill holes all the way through the second ball from the capped end of each of the wood legs.

Editor's Tip: A piece of painters tape wrapped 1/2-inch from the end of the bit will help you drill the needed distance. Simply stop drilling when you reach the edge of the tape.

Step 3: Measure and Cut Dowel

Measure and cut four 3-1/2-inch lengths of dowel.

Step 4: Drill through Cube

Measure and mark the center point of five sides of a wood cube. Drill a 1/2-inch deep hole at each mark.

Step 5: Add Beads and Doll Heads

Insert a cut piece of dowel into each of the drilled holes on the turned wood legs. Add a bead and doll head to each dowel, then glue in place.

Step 6: Add Dowels and Beads

Measure and mark eight 1-inch lengths of dowel. Cut. Glue one piece of dowel to both the top and bottom of each leg. Glue a bead on each leg's top. 

Step 7: Attach to Cube

Insert the doweled end of each leg into the cube. Glue in place. Then cut four pieces of dowel, 3-1/2-inches long. Glue to the cube so its radiating out, making sure not to cover the drilled hole. Add three beads and one doll head to each radiating dowel.

Step 8: Add Dowel to Cube

Cut a 1-inch piece of dowel. Glue into remaining cube hole.

Step 9: Add Final Doll Heads

With your drill and bit, enlarge the hole in the 1-1/4-inch dolls head. The hole should be 3/16-inches wide and 1/2-inch deep. Glue the doll head to the middle dowel placed in the previous step.


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