DIY Tinfoil Icicles

Icicle Ornaments

That’s right.  Icicles from tinfoil.  For this project, you’ll need a few simple ingredients: tinfoil (you don’t say!), white glue, glitter of your choosing, and wire ornament hangers.

Glue and Glitter

I chose to do a base coat of pale blueish white iridescent glitter, with a sprinkling of silver glitter over the top of that.

I like to attempt to contain my glitter in a folded sheet of paper.

I like to attempt to contain my glitter in a folded sheet of paper.  Attempt.

Tinfoil

Unroll a sheet of tinfoil approximately the length you want an icicle to be.  When in doubt, go long, because they can always be cut down before you coat them.  Cut your piece of foil from corner to corner once to create two triangles.

Tinfoil roll

Start rolling the tinfoil to resemble an icicle (or a sloppily rolled sheet of tinfoil).

Tinfoil Tube

You should end up with a pretty bad-looking, vaguely icicle shape.

Now you want to start compressing that thing into a more realistic icicle shape.  Compact it down as much as you can; the thinner it is, the more realistic it will look.  Take care to let it gradually taper from one end to the other.

Now you want to start compressing that thing into a more realistic icicle shape. Compact it down as much as you can; the thinner it is, the more believable it will look. Take care to let it gradually taper from one end to the other.  They don’t need to be perfectly straight.

Now, repeat, repeat, repeat until you have as many as you want, or until you can't take it anymore, whichever comes first.

Now, repeat, repeat, repeat until you have as many as you want, or until you can’t take it anymore, whichever comes first.  Trim some of them to make varying lengths.

Take one icicle and liberally coat it in a good layer of white glue.

Take one icicle and liberally coat it in a good layer of white glue.

Roll that gluey icicle in your glitter.  For mine, I gave it a liberal coat of the light blue glitter, then sprinkled silver over the top of that.

Roll that gluey icicle in your glitter. For mine, I gave it a liberal coat of the light blue glitter, then sprinkled silver over the top of that.

Brilliant!  Now, do that to all the rest of them, and then let them all sit and dry thoroughly.  Once they are dry, coat all sides liberally with a clear gloss spray to give yourself the best chance to not get glitter everywhere.

Brilliant! Now, do that to all the rest of them, and then let them all sit and dry thoroughly. Once they are dry, coat all sides with a clear gloss spray to give yourself the best chance of not getting glitter everywhere.

If your hands don't look something like this when you are done, you didn't do it right.  Or, you know....you wised up and wore gloves.

If your hands don’t look something like this when you’re done, you didn’t do it right. Or, you know….you got clever and wore gloves.

Once the clear coat has completely dried, use a small nail and hammer a hole through the thick end of the icicle.

Once the clear coat has completely dried, use a small nail and hammer a hole through the thick end of the icicle.

Then choose your ornament hook and string it up.

Then choose your ornament hook and string it up.

Easy Icicles for the Tree

They look especially marvelous on a tinsel-y tree. I love a good tinsel-y tree!

Icicles and Icicles

So pretty and glittery!

So pretty and glittery!

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18 thoughts on “DIY Tinfoil Icicles

  1. Mindie December 8, 2012 at 3:48 am Reply

    LOVE! So easy and oh so cute! 5 stars on this one 🙂

  2. Katie/Maple Grove December 8, 2012 at 3:55 am Reply

    Really nice Kate! They look so pretty! Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Meredith/GreenCircleGrove December 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Great! I think even I, the un-crafty one, could follow the directions! (Especially the part about glittery hands!) I’ll give it a try! I’m anxious to see how they look hanging with twinkly lights wound around the tops. Thanks for sharing!

    • farmhouseK8 December 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm Reply

      Meredith–the photos don’t do them justice–they really do look so pretty and icicle-y. The husband had laughingly forbidden me from buying anymore holiday decorations, and when he came home and saw them he actually got annoyed until I explained what they were made of! Hahaha.

  4. Lynn December 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm Reply

    What a great idea,Love them.

  5. Jenny December 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm Reply

    These are soooooo pretty. I’d love to make some.

  6. K @ Shift Ctrl ART December 11, 2012 at 12:39 am Reply

    I’d like to vote these icicles the most inventive Christmas ornament this year. Pinned! It’s genius!

    • K @ Shift Ctrl ART December 11, 2012 at 12:42 am Reply

      Oh, looks like pinning is disabled…

      • farmhouseK8 December 11, 2012 at 2:24 am

        Oh, boo….what? That’s not right….lemme figure it out–thanks for bringing this to my attention!

    • farmhouseK8 December 11, 2012 at 2:23 am Reply

      Oh, yay! Thanks!

  7. Kim@NewlyWoodwards December 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm Reply

    These are so great! What a clever use of tinfoil.

    Thanks for linking up to Dare to DIY! It’d be great if you could link back to one of the hosts, too. Thanks!

    • farmhouseK8 December 11, 2012 at 10:54 pm Reply

      Thanks, Kim! I put the ‘dare to diy’ image in my sidebar and it links back to you!! 🙂

  8. Chelsea @ two twenty one December 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm Reply

    How cool! These look awesome! Thanks for linking up!

  9. Stephanie @ The Cozy Old Farmhouse January 24, 2013 at 2:59 am Reply

    You “liked” my Facebook page a few days ago and ever since I’ve had your blog saved waiting until I had time to check it out. I’ve been having fun looking back through your posts, but I especially like this one. So cute and creative! Pinned it to my Christmas board.

    • farmhouseK8 January 24, 2013 at 3:26 am Reply

      Oh, thanks, Stephanie! Yay! Glad you stopped by. 🙂

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