When I was growing up my mom had gorgeous antique ornaments. She also had hand blown glass icicles that she hung on the tree with them. They were my absolute favorite! Having four boys and a dog, I don't dare hang fragile glass ornaments on my tree. I figured out a way to make these DIY icicle ornaments. And the best part? They won't break!
This post is sponsored by HomeRight but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own.
DIY Icicle Ornaments
Back when I was working on another plexiglass project for my book, the thought came to me that I could make some icicles out of acrylic sheets. Turns out, it is easier than you might think!
8x10 Plexiglass (Acrylic Sheet)
Drill & Drill Bit
Ruler (For Straight Edge)
I bought a thin (⅛ inch) 8 x 10 plexiglass sheet and a plexiglass knife that was hanging just above where the sheets of plexiglass were at Home Depot.
You will need something to act as the straight edge to cut against.
I placed the ruler along the edge creating a long triangle shape. I scored it about 5 times. I left the thin protective film on for the cutting process.
After that I used needle nosed pliers to snap it off. Start at the top and gently snap and keep moving down to the tip. Then you should be able to snap the whole thing off. Sometimes the tip will break off, but that is okay. Sand it if it is sharp.
You can drill a hole for the string after you are done making them, but I found it to be easier to do it while they are still flat. Make sure to lay down some scrap wood to protect your work surface.
It is time to grab some thick leather gloves and a heat gun.
Always work in a ventilated area. Open a window or crack the door open. You may want to wear a mask for this as well. There are no strong fumes. In fact, I could not smell anything, but it is better to be on the safe side.
Hold the plexiglass with a gloved hand and the heat gun with the other. Heat only the top little bit. It will be ready when it gets soft and bends a bit.
Twist the plexiglass and allow it to cool for a few seconds. It will harden again as it cools.
The neat thing about this HT400 Wagner heat gun is that it has a built in stand. You will be putting it down and picking it up a lot during this project so it is nice that it is easy to do without fear of it burning your work surface.
Heat the next little section the same way as before. And then twist it again and allow it to cool. Repeat this process until you reach the end.
I love seeded glass (glass with bubbles) and I think that icicles look more realistic when they have them, so I held the heat gun in place longer for some until bubbles formed.
I used fishing line to hang them but you can use string or metal hooks.
I chose to add snowflake ornaments and some blue bulbs to add to the overall winter wonderland feel.
What do you think? Would you ever make some icicle ornaments?
Day 1: Mini Letterboard Ornaments
Day 2: Clay Snowflake Ornaments
Day 3: Leather Ornaments
Day 4: Mushroom Ornaments
Day 5: Glass Etched Ornaments
Day 6: Gingerbread Ornaments
Day 7: Clay Leaf Print Ornaments
Day 8: Wood Slice Ornaments
Day 9: Snow Globe Ornaments
Day 10: Stamped Clay Ornaments
Day 11: String Ball Ornaments
Day 12: DIY Icicle Ornaments
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