Dollar Store Snowflake Garland
I visited my local Dollar Tree store a few weeks ago, and they had these really large clear snowflakes for $1! They were plastic but looked like glass. It was a lot of bang for the buck (pun intended), and I bought all they had left, which was three. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them because the thing that made it such as steal was their size, but it also made them kind of hard to work with too. I mean what do you do with three large snowflakes? I wasn’t sure how I was going to hang them, because they were clear so anything I attached to them was going to show up. I had them in my office for three weeks before I made another trip to the Dollar tree and saw that they had snow flake ornament packs and the idea for a garland came to life.
I purchased two packages of medium sparkly snowflake ornaments which came three to a box and two packages of the small snowflake ornaments which were six to a box. Then I went home and asked my husband if he had fishing line. It turns out the only fishing line we had was on an actual fishing pole, but he told me my daughter had a Barbie fishing pole that had never worked right and I could take the line from that. This was a great idea except when tearing up one of your children’s possessions (even a non-working kind) you should always hide the evidence. I forgot that key step and my daughter was not too happy to see her Barbie fishing pole in pieces in my office. You’d think we were some kind of fishing family, when in reality the last time we tried fishing we all stood around arguing who was going to touch the worms. And when we caught an actual fish we had to get the neighbor to take it off the hook.
So back to the garland. It was not a hard project, but fishing line isn’t the easiest thing to work with. And as a word of warning, do not wear clothes you plan to wear in public while doing this project. I was covered head to toe in glitter. Those Dollar Store snowflakes have a lot of glitter, but apparently it’s not actually glued onto the snowflake. I got glitter all over myself and my office looked like a glitter explosion just from tying them together.
I tied the fishing line to the top point on the little snowflakes by just tying a knot around it. For the big snowflakes, I tied the line on each side instead of the top. I don’t want to knock the Barbie fishing line, but I had doubts about it’s actual strength. Plus by doing the two sides, it made the big snowflakes look like they were higher than the rest. I really liked how it turned out. This project only required three nails in the wall, one on each end and one in the middle underneath the big snowflake. This one did double duty of holding the middle flake up and as a hanger for the little mini garland that hangs down in the middle.
For a total of $7 I got a huge garland that hung nearly the entire length of my 16 foot wall, it was a great value, and only took about an hour. And I have three snowflakes left over to hang on my tree.
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