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I’m back with another fun heat gun project today! This is a fun festive project perfect for Christmas.
We turned sheets of plexiglass into these awesome DIY Christmas icicle ornaments using our Wagner heat gun:
Don’t they look fab with all the tree lights surrounding them?
They were easy to make. As always, I’m amazed at all of the projects you can do with a heat gun. We’ve used it to crackle paint and to clean our grill, in case you missed those earlier posts. Wagner has several more heat gun projects on their website, too if you’re interested.
I’m still wanting to try using the heat gun to strip paint from a painted piece of furniture, but I haven’t found a furniture piece for that project yet!
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- Wagner heat gun, FURNO 750 (you can buy one here)
- Tape measure
- Plaskolite plastic cutting knife
- Heat resistant gloves
- 2×4 piece of wood
- Clear wire
- Gold picture hooks
How to make Christmas icicle ornaments with a heat gun:
1. Determine the size you want your icicles to be.
We went with a variety of sizes, I wanted them to look cohesive but not identical. The longest size we did was 10 inches.
2. Place the plexiglass on a solid table (or workbench – or in our case a random bench in the basement) and use the clamps to secure the 2×4 and plexiglass.
This will make cutting the plexiglass waaaay easier.
3. Use your Plaskolite cutting knife and score the plexiglass along the piece of wood until you get just over halfway through the plexiglass.
This took about 30 seconds with a good amount of pressure.
The first few scores need to pretty precise and in the same line. As you develop a line to keep scoring on, the knife will naturally follow that same line.
4. Re-clamp the wood on the plexiglass at a slight angle along the ten inch edge.
You will score it just like you did in step #3 to create a triangle-like piece that will give you the icicle look.
5. Pick the right attachment for the heat gun.
6. Put on your heat resistant gloves.
7. Turn the heat gun on (650F) and set the fan to high.
Press the power button in the upper left. The heat gun starts automatically at a default temperature of 650F.
The heat gun manual lists several uses for the heat gun and recommended heat settings for each, so you’ll have a good starting point no matter what your project. If you’re not sure what temperature to start at, start low and work your way up. It’s way easier to add heat than to start a project over because it was too hot!
8. Heat the plexiglass for about 5 seconds on both sides.
Start about a half inch below the top (at the widest part of your plexiglass piece).
9. Place the heat gun in its slot on top of its case (with the attachment piece pointing up).
10. Twist the plexiglass (holding it at the top and bottom, not right where you were just heating it) to begin creating your twisted icicle.
11. Repeat steps #8-10 until the entire plexiglass piece is twisted and finished.
The last time you’ve finished step #8, turn the heat gun off and slide it on top of its case to allow it to cool down.
12. Let the heat gun cool before putting it away.
Once the attachment and gun have cooled down, remove the attachment and put the heat gun away.
13. Attach the fishing wire and gold hooks.
Drill a hole at the top of the plexiglass (we used scrap wood underneath to catch the drill on the other side).
Loop the wire through the hole in the plexiglass icicle and the picture hook, and tie it. Then hang the icicles using the hooks.
And that’s it! Isn’t that fun?! You could paint them, too and use them throughout the year for different holidays or parties.
I was debating between hanging our DIY Christmas icicle ornaments from the mantel (which you can see here) and using them as tree ornaments. I love them on the tree since they’re surrounded by lights. They just seem to shine up there!
I think they’d look fun hanging from a big window, too, like in our Milwaukee house. Someday!
I started taking pictures of our tree and Oakley hopped off the couch to pose in front of the tree (weird, right?!) so I had to take a pic.
I got questions on the tree skirt when I posted the tree the other day. It’s from Pier 1 years ago and I don’t see anything similar online!
Those sheer white curtains are my fave. We have them throughout the first floor here and love them. We have these curtain rods, but they’re not always available for whatever reason – these are similar.
I love the tree as the sun starts to go down. The lights make the living room feel so cozy!
Have you made any DIY ornaments this year? They’re a fun way to add a personal touch to your tree.
Here are a few other DIY ornaments if you’re in the crafting mood:
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