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Snowflake Wall Ornaments

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Celebrate the season with these Scandinavian-inspired snowflake wall ornaments in two sizes. You can assemble in a few hours from simple materials and tools.

 Wall ornaments above fireplace mantel

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Miter box and handsaw or miter saw
  • Drill and bit set
  • Hot glue gun or wood glue
  • Scratch awl
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdrivers
  • 180-grit sandpaper
  • Squeeze-grip clamps

Large snowflake:

  • 7/8-in x 3-3/4-in x 3-3/4-in pine rosette, #188927
  • 7/16-in x 48-in round dowel, #19381
  • 1/2-in x 48-in round dowel, #19382
  • 1/4-in x 48-in round dowel, #19377
  • 1-in x 36-in square hardwood dowel, #28604
  • #10 plate joining biscuits, 100-count, #356661
  • 2 - 1-3/4-in oak finials, packs of 2, #81618
  • 1-inch wooden balls
  • 1/2-in wood buttons, #81615
  • Stanley 3-in mending braces, pack of 4, #315711

Small snowflake:

  • 7/16-in round dowel, #19381
  • 4 - 3-3/4-in table legs, #848
  • 1-inch wooden balls
  • 1/2-in wood buttons, #81615
  • 7/8-in x 2-3/4-in x 2-3/4-in pine rosette, #48710
Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Make a Large Snowflake

Step 1

Cut four pieces of 1-inch square dowel 6 inches long. Cut four pieces of 7/16-inch round dowel 5 inches long, eight pieces of 1/4-inch dowel 2-1/2 inches long, and eight pieces of 1/2-inch dowel 6 inches long. Sand all the pieces with 120-grit sandpaper and set the round dowels aside.

Step 2

 Drill holes in four rosette extensions
Measure 1 inch from the end of a square dowel and drill a 7/16-inch hole through the dowel. On the end of the dowel nearest the 7/16-inch hole, drill a centered 1/8-inch pilot hole. Repeat for the remaining square dowels.

Step 3

 Screw extensions to the rosette
Cut a cardboard square slightly smaller than the size of the rosette. Lay the decorative surface of the rosette facing down on the cardboard and clamp both to your work surface. Center a 1-inch square dowel piece along the edge of the rosette so their tops are flush. The hole in the dowel should run parallel to the work surface and be at the end away from the rosette. Clamp the dowel to your work surface, drill pilot holes about 1/2 inch deep, and use mending plates and the accompanying screws to fasten the dowel to the rosette supplied. Repeat for the other three sides of the rosette.

Step 4

  Drill holes in round dowels
In a 7/16-inch round dowel, drill parallel 1/4-inch holes 3/4 inch from both ends. Repeat for the remaining 7/16-in dowels. (Drilling round dowels can be tricky. To draw a straight guideline along the dowel length, press the dowel against a flat surface and lay a pencil perpendicular to it with the point touching one end of the dowel. Draw the pencil tip along the dowel to make your line. Before drilling, use a nail or scratch awl to start the hole so the bit won't wander.)

Step 5

 Insert dowels in rosette extensions
Insert a 7/16-inch round dowel in the hole of a square dowel, and glue it centered in position with the 1/4-inch holes parallel with the square dowel. Repeat for the other three square dowels. Then insert the 1/4-inch dowels through the holes in the 7/16-inch round dowels. Center and glue them in place.

Step 6

 Drill holes in cedar balls
Hold a wooden ball steady in a clamp pressed flat against your work surface, and drill a 1/4-inch hole halfway through the ball. (Again, start the hole with a nail or awl.) Repeat for the remaining wooden balls. If necessary, wrap tape around the drill bit 1/2 inch from the tip to provide a depth guide. Glue and insert wooden balls on the ends of the 1/4-inch dowels and let dry.

Step 7

 Attach diagonal dowels to snowflake
On the 1/2-in x 6-in dowels, cut a 45-degree miter on one end. Glue a wooden ball to the opposite end of each dowel and let dry. Glue and center the mitered end of a dowel on the side of a square dowel with the miter tip touching the rosette. Repeat for the remaining mitered dowels.

Step 8

  Screw finials to snowflake
Attach a finial to the end of each square dowel using the 1/8-inch pilot hole you drilled in Step 2.

Step 9

 Glue biscuits to snowflake
Glue #10 plate joining biscuits to the face of the rosette and dowels to fill out the snowflake pattern.

Step 10

 Drill hole to hang snowflake
Flip the snowflake on its face and rest it on the work surface. On the back of one finial, drill a 1/4-inch hole about 1/2-inch deep to hang the snowflake on a wall.

Small Snowflake

Step 1

 Drill a hole in each table leg
This 12-inch-square snowflake can be assembled quickly with only a few simple cuts, making it even easier to build than the large snowflake. Clamp a table leg to a work surface and drill a 7/16-inch hole through the side. Repeat for the remaining three table legs in the same locations. (To make the 7/16-inch hole easier to drill, first make a 1/8-inch pilot hole through the table leg for the larger bit to follow.)

Step 2

Cut four 7/16-inch dowels 4-3/4 inches long. Center a dowel in each table leg and glue in place.

Step 3

  Drill holes in the rosette sides
Drill a 1/4-inch centered hole on each side of the rosette. Screw the table legs into the holes.

Step 4

 Glue a cedar ball to each table leg
Glue 1/2-inch wood buttons to the ends of the 7/16-inch dowels. Then glue a wooden ball to the end of each table leg.

Step 5

 Drill a hole to hang the snowflake
On the back of one table leg, drill a 1/4-inch hole about 1/4 inch deep to hang the completed snowflake on a wall.