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String-Light Snowflake

Photography: Ryan Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2014/January 2015

Introduction

Sources

Pine-wood lattice molding, 1/4" by 1 5/8" by 96", $3 each, homedepot.com

materials

  • Wooden lattice strips, 1 5/8 inches by 8 feet

  • Miter saw

  • Staple gun

  • Staples, 9/16 inch

  • Drill

  • 2 screws, 3/4 inch

  • Silver spray paint

  • String lights

steps

  1. Following assembly plan, use miter saw (or ask your local home center or lumber yard) to cut wooden strips for the desired-size snowflake. Put 2 short angled pieces together so they form a V; place as indicated on plan. Holding pieces snugly together, use staple gun to attach V to strip; tap staples down with a hammer. Using plan as a guide, continue attaching Vs, alternating between securing them to the front and back of strips.

  2. Cross 2 lattice strips to make an X, then place third strip vertically on top. With a pencil, mark 2 spots about an inch apart at center where all 3 pieces intersect. Working on scrap wood, drill holes at both marks, through all 3 pieces of wood. Drill a long wood screw into each pilot hole.

  3. Working in a well-ventilated area, spray-paint snowflake; let dry completely. Position string lights so bulbs hang over edge of wooden strips. Staple down wire on both sides of each bulb, making sure that staples go over (not through) wire. Continue stringing entire snowflake, adding a second strand of lights if needed.

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