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DIY Faux Aged Copper Snowflake Ornaments from a Cereal Box!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: cereal boxes are one of my all-time favorite things to craft with!  They are an excellent substitute for chipboard, and I pretty much always have a solid supply in my kitchen pantry (who doesn’t?).  So yeah, free craft supplies for the win!

Last week I shared a tutorial for using a cereal box to make some faux rusted state ornaments.  I had so much fun creating those, not mention plenty of leftover box panels, and I decided to do something similar for this project.  Instead of rusted iron though, I went for an aged copper look, and swapped out states for snowflakes!

Oh, it’s also Silhouette Challenge time again (woot woot!), and we’ve got 32 amazing holiday projects for ya, as well as a mega huge Silhouette giveaway with THREE winners!  Keep reading for all the awesomeness and your chance to enter!

DIY Faux Aged Copper Snowflake Ornaments from a Cereal Box! | Where The Smiles Have Been

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DIY Faux Aged Copper Snowflake Ornaments from a Cereal Box!



The How To

Like I mentioned, last week I shared a similar tutorial for making DIY faux rusted metal state ornaments from a cereal box using some iron paint and rust activator, and since there’s no sense in recreating the wheel (and I’m feeling lazy), I’ll spare you the duplicate details here.  This project follows pretty much the same process, just using different kinds of paint and activator.  Make sure you check that out for all the nitty gritty goodness!

DIY Faux Rusted Metal State Ornaments from a Cereal Box! | Where The Smiles Have Been


I’ve also already shared three (yes, three!) tutorials on using this copper paint and blue patina spray to get a super cool aged effect, so take a looksy at those too for all the deets on these cool paint products:

DIY Faux Copper Letter Aged with Blue Patina | Where The Smiles Have Been DIY-Succulent-Planter-Final-THUMB Faux Aged Copper Succulent Planter Housewarming Gift | Where The Smiles Have Been

Here’s the rundown on these snowflake beauties:

  1. Get snowflake shapes into Silhouette Studio and add a small circle (hole) to each for the twine to be strung through.
    1. I used the free dingbat font called WWFlakes, which is the same one I used for the snowflakes that are jazzing up my playful Don’t Stop Believing Santa sign….my love for dingbat fonts has no end!
  2. Cut off a large panel of a cereal box and place it onto your Silhouette‘s cutting mat, securing with a little painter’s tape.  Load mat into Silhouette.
  3. Adjust blade and cut settings and then get to cutting!
    1. I usually use the Coverstock settings, but always do a test cut first.
      1. For a FULL tutorial on how to cut a cereal box on a Silhouette, check this or this out!
  4. Remove cut snowflakes from cutting mat and give the glossy side a light coat of white spray paint.
    1. The spray painting may not be necessary if you don’t have a lot of contrasting print on your cereal box, or if you don’t mind using several thick coats of the upcoming copper paint.
  5. Apply one coat of copper paint to the back cardboard (non-glossy) side and let dry, then apply as many coats as necessary to fully cover the newly spray-painted front side.
  6. Apply one more light coat of copper paint to the front side and WHILE THE PAINT IS STILL WET, spritz on some blue patina spray.  Wait a while (15-20 minutes) to see how the aging effect is progressing, and spritz on more patina as needed to reach desired effect (I did three light spritzing sessions).
    1. I only aged one side of these snowflakes (the glossy side) thanks to some learning from my rusted states’ round 1 craft fail.
  7. String twine through hole, hang on your Christmas tree, and stare at your amazing upcycled creation with prideful wonder! ;)


The Snowflake Ornaments!

And here are my final faux aged copper snowflake ornaments!  You would NEVER be able to guess that they started out as a cereal box!  You gotta love frugal DIY projects that you can whip up on the fly with everyday household objects, and these bottles of copper paint and patina spray are lasting me foreverrrrrr.  This is now four projects under my belt and I’ve still got at least two-thirds left in both bottles….it sure doesn’t take much to achieve beautiful (and totally nifty) results!

I’m really digging how the copper paint gives an authentic metallic look….it’s so nice and shiny!  Plus the random, haphazard blue aging is just so darn cool.

DIY Faux Aged Copper Snowflake Ornaments from a Cereal Box! | Where The Smiles Have Been

DIY Faux Aged Copper Snowflake Ornaments from a Cereal Box! | Where The Smiles Have Been

DIY Faux Aged Copper Snowflake Ornaments from a Cereal Box! | Where The Smiles Have Been

DIY Faux Aged Copper Snowflake Ornaments from a Cereal Box! | Where The Smiles Have Been


The Silhouette Challenge

But wait, there’s more!  It’s Silhouette Challenge time again, and December’s theme is….you’ll never guess….Holiday Projects!

I along with 31 of my bloggy buddies have teamed up to bring you a HUGE collection of holiday projects that you can make with your Silhouette!  Make sure you check them all out for lots of festive inspiration!

32 Holiday Projects for Your Silhouette! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Easy Glitter Snowflake Ornament Ornament Surprise Box Merry & Bright Christmas Stocking Gift Card Holder Holiday Projects with Heat Transfer Vinyl Christmas Tree Card Display Easy DIY Hello Kitty Ornaments Fa la la Christmas Shirt Make Printed Holiday Tea Towels Christmas Tree Countdown: December Silhouette Challenge Modern Advent Calendar 'All is Calm, All is Bright' Canvas Sign Tutorial DIY Faux Aged Copper Snowflake Ornaments from a Cereal Box! "Good King Wenceslas" Christmas Mondegreen Cutting Board Sew Easy Pillow Covers Easy Gold Striped Monogram Ornament Monthly Dry Erase Planner Handmade Christmas Tags Cactus Gift + Printable Buffalo Plaid Gift Tags Coffee Mug Gift for the Star Wars Geek Hot Chocolate Stirring Spoons & Gift Tags Cut File Merry and Bright Christmas Pillow Damask Reindeer Print Ikea Star Ornament DIY Etched Nativity Ornament Fa La La La Pillow {Tutorial} DIY Split Monogram Pillow Fun Holiday Gift Tags - Free Print and Cut Etched in Glass DIY Easy Red and White Christmas Pillows 3 Easy Ways to Create Christmas Baby Onesies with HTV Easy Christmas Gifts for Teachers and Classmates

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Super Amazing Silhouette Giveaway!

And I’ve saved the best for last!  My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I, in partnership with Silhouette America, are hosting a mega-huge giveaway for not one, not two, but THREE winners!

The prizes up for grabs, you ask?:

Silhouette Giveaway! Three Awesome Prizes for Three Winners!


Pretty sweet, huh?  To enter: just complete the entries in the Rafflecopter widget below (or at this link).  Because of my many blog friends who helped make this giveaway possible, you have 36 potential entries, which means a LOT of winning power.  So, hurry up and enter!  Good luck! :)

{This giveaway runs from today through Monday, December 21st at 11:59p eastern and is open to anyone 18 years of age or older with a U.S. or Canada mailing address.  You can read the rest of the terms and conditions in the widget below.}

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If You Enjoyed This….

Make sure you check out some of the other festive creations I’ve shared in my Project Gallery, including these!

Don't Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

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Colorful & Glittery Christmas Sign: Making Spirits Bright! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Clay Vacation Map Photo Ornament | Where The Smiles Have Been

What a great way to preserve a Christmas memory! 21 Christmas Keepsakes for Kids! | Where The Smiles Have Been


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy holidays! :)


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Helen Gullett

Friday 18th of December 2015

You made AMAZING projects for Christmas! Love all of those ornaments.

Allison @ Dream a Little Bigger

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Dang these are awesome. LOVE them so much. You'd never know they weren't actual aged copper!

Marni @ haberdasheryFun

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Great project!! Such a great idea!


Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Thanks so much, Marni! :)