This post shares my DIY concrete and gold leaf snowflakes, a unique holiday decor idea.
DIY Concrete and Gold Leaf Snowflakes
Hi all! I got the urge to do a little holiday project one day as a way to use up the small amount of Cement All we had sitting in the garage. There’s something cool about making something as delicate as a snowflake out of something as rough as concrete.
And I think they turned out really cool! I gold leafed mine for a little extra touch. You like? Well, the good news is that this was a pretty easy—if a bit messy—project to do.
HERE’S WHAT I USED
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- Silicone snowflake mold
- Gold leaf
- Glue stick
- Concrete mix
- Disposable gloves
- Cooking oil
- Paper towels
- Baking pan
- Mixing container and something to mix with
And here’s how I made my DIY concrete and gold leaf snowflake!
Step 1: First I lightly greased the silicone snowflake molds. Then I mixed the concrete according to the instructions on my package and immediately poured it into the molds about halfway up.
Step 2: As the snowflakes were drying, I tapped the baking pan and gently dropped it from about 5 inches up onto the table to help get rid of air bubbles in the concrete. This is why I put the snowflake mold on the baking pan; I wouldn’t have been able to do the tap/drop method to get rid of air bubbles without it.
After the concrete was fully solidified, I popped the snowflakes out.
Step 3: You could leave them as is, but I had some gold leaf left over from this old abstract canvas art project (that we still have hanging in our dining area), so I dug that out of my craft closet and got to work.
I used my glue stick to roughly cover the elevated areas of each snowflake. Then I carefully laid gold leaf foil down onto the snowflakes, pressing gently.
Step 4: Once the glue had dried completely, I used a paper towels to gently rub off the gold leaf. Don’t worry, gold leaf is extremely fragile, so it will come off really easily. I’d recommend doing this over a paper towel because it can get very flakey and messy.
And here are the finished snowflakes! Aren’t they cute?
For more DIY holiday decor ideas, check out DIY dried orange slice garland, my 7 ideas for decorating with clear crystal ball ornaments, my pine come potpourri, my small rosemary wreath, and my dried orange slice garland!