Use a Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun to Make Snowflakes for your Windows!

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I have the most adorable Winter Craft to share with you all today! The inspiration came to me when I was looking through Pinterest yesterday. I saw crafts involving snowflakes… and then I saw crafts using glue guns! And then it hit me! I can use a Hot Glue Gun to Make Snowflakes on my Windows! It’s clear, pretty, and peels easily off of glass! I was like wow, I wonder if anyone has ever done this? It’s such a “duh” idea! πŸ™‚

It was so easy! Make sure your windows aren’t super cold when you do this as some people have said that they’ve seen hot glue guns crack cold glass. I did it on a warm day & the glass was comfortably room temperature. Also, use a low temp glue gun to prevent burns.
If you really don’t want to glue it directly onto your window, you can always do it on another glass like surface & add cooking spray for easy removal (think parchment paper, counters, greased picture frame glass, teflon sheets, etc) and peel it off then adhere it to the window.  
If you don’t want to do it free hand, you can always tape a sketch of what you want your snowflakes to look like on the other side of the glass. See, so easy! 
The look so gorgeous! Best part is, they cost nothing but look like the real thing!
If you make them thick enough, they peel off really easy. Just make sure they are cooled completely before you peel them off. If there are any remnants, just scrub with a green-pad & some soap and water and it should come off with no problem.
This would be a great craft to do with your kids! So much prettier than those stick-on ones!

Add some glitter before it dries, or use colored glue sticks from the craft store! The possibilities are endless! πŸ™‚

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  1. Rae

    December 3rd, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Just love this idea!

  2. Hannah Hathaway

    December 3rd, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Me too! It looks SO pretty!

    <3 Hannah

  3. Lacy

    December 3rd, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Be careful. Hot glue on a cold window will cause the glass to break. I've seen it happen.

  4. Hannah Hathaway

    December 3rd, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Good Tip. Hopefully window glass at room temperature will hold up for everyone.

    Also, I used a low temperature glue gun.

    Hope that helps,

    <3 Hannah

  5. Anonymous

    December 3rd, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I just love this so much!

  6. Hannah Hathaway

    December 3rd, 2012 at 12:55 pm


  7. L.E. Fiore

    December 4th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Really pretty & neat idea!

  8. Hannah Hathaway

    December 4th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks Linda! <3

  9. melittlestory

    December 5th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    found out this beautiful blog <3 really a nice idea
    thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  10. Hannah Hathaway

    December 5th, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you!

    <3 Hannah

  11. jenclair

    December 5th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Beautiful! Clever you!

  12. Hannah Hathaway

    December 5th, 2012 at 4:58 pm


  13. Nicole

    December 5th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    you can also make them on a piece of glass (like a picture frame) and add a little glitter then move it to the window when cooled…

  14. Hannah Hathaway

    December 5th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Yes, I was thinking this too! You can always transfer it from something else (even wax paper maybe?)… or even make Christmas ornaments out of them too!

    <3 Hannah

  15. Anonymous

    December 5th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    You could probably use a teflon sheet. I couldn't do it straight to our windows as we live in Northern Ontario and it's way to cold to even try it.
    I love the idea though.

  16. Anonymous

    January 3rd, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I am going to try parchment paper. I would think the waxed paper could stick on. It should come off easily with parchment paper without tearing the paper or sticking πŸ™‚

  17. Allison W

    November 15th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Parchment paper is the way to go! Wax paper stuck too much.

  18. Hannah @ We Lived Happily Ever After

    November 17th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Great tip, Thanks! πŸ™‚

  19. Ana Marcela Herrera

    December 5th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Nice idea!

  20. Hannah Hathaway

    December 5th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks! πŸ™‚

  21. The Crochet Chic

    December 5th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    LOVE this idea!

  22. Hannah Hathaway

    December 5th, 2012 at 8:41 pm


  23. cathy raines

    December 5th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    neat!neat!neat! doing this for mom she will love this!! ty,Cathy πŸ™‚

  24. Hannah Hathaway

    December 5th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    It is a blast to make them! Have fun! <3 Hannah

  25. Anonymous

    December 6th, 2012 at 1:45 am

    This is brilliant! Loved it <3

  26. Anonymous

    December 6th, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I am a food service manager at a school and I think I might do this in my pass thru windows. Will be cute. Thanks for the idea. I like new things each year.

  27. Hannah Hathaway

    December 6th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Great idea!

  28. Rini Hastuti

    December 9th, 2012 at 3:05 am

    so beautiful <3

  29. titancia

    December 9th, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I love this idea! It's so hard to find decent window clings!

  30. Hannah Hathaway

    December 9th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I know, right? πŸ™‚

  31. Anonymous

    December 9th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    You can also "make" the snowflakes on the kitchen counter (no fear of windows breaking) and just stick them to the windows. Watch craft stores for colored glue sticks too, the ideas are endless!! Happy Crafting!

  32. Hannah Hathaway

    December 9th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Great ideas!!!

  33. Antonella

    December 10th, 2012 at 6:22 am

    What a wonderful idea! Beautiful!

  34. Anna M.

    December 10th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Maybe if you do it on clear plastic or something you'd get to keep them and save them for next year.

  35. Hannah Hathaway

    December 10th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Great idea! πŸ™‚

  36. Carmen

    December 15th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Very cool idea! I've linked up to your blog through my FB page and while looking for a way to follow, I noticed that I should have contacted you first! I'm so sorry, please let me know if you'd like me to remove it. (the snowflakes and the free font post). Is there a way to follow through Google?

  37. Hannah Hathaway

    December 15th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    No, that's not a problem at all! Share all you want! It's more in relation to people who may want to use my posts and tutorials on their blog. Thanks for asking though! πŸ™‚

    Right now I don't use Google Plus, but if you scroll all the way up, on the upper right there are all my social media buttons which will lead you to my Pinterest, Facebook, Email Subscription and Twitter. That's all I can handle running right now. πŸ™‚


    <3 Hannah

  38. Lisa

    April 4th, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Can't wait till next Xmas to try this! What a clever idea – thanks so much for sharing. Lisa

  39. gaby

    July 6th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    muchas felicidades por idea de Hannah Hathaway desde mexico city

  40. Anonymous

    July 23rd, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I have made snowflakes with glue, but I am trying to remember what I made it on, like maybe parchment paper and then stick them on the window. I am going to have to try this. Could tape the snowflake from whatever image you have on the outside of he window and then do the inside with the hot glue gun (cool temp glue).

  41. Julie

    October 7th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Could probably do a spiderweb for Halloween, too! πŸ™‚

  42. Hannah Hathaway

    October 7th, 2013 at 9:13 pm


  43. Michelle MacPhearson

    November 5th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I made them today with my 6 year old – super cute. How do I get them to stick to the window? (We made them on the counter first).

  44. Hannah

    November 6th, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I would just add a tiny bit if hot glue to each corner and adhere it to the window that way. And you will have very little clean up! πŸ™‚

  45. cucicucicoo: ecological living

    November 9th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    What a lovely idea! I think we will be giving this one a try! πŸ™‚ Lisa

  46. Sunflower Sue

    November 30th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Going to try this with glow in the dark glue sticks!

  47. Hannah

    November 30th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Awesome! Post pictures on my Facebook page once you're done! πŸ™‚

  48. Anonymous

    December 6th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Maybe add some sparkles? Would look beautiful with the sun shining through

  49. Stacey (Little Feet BFB)

    January 2nd, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I just made some with my toddler son on this snow day. It was fun. In addition to snowflakes, we made a snowman too. Thanks for the idea

  50. Anonymous

    January 2nd, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    maybe hang them on clear fishing line?

  51. Jay

    January 11th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you for this lovely idea. One can also use this technique to create stencils. Super fun !

  52. Anonymous

    January 21st, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I thought it was a great idea, too. Did this week after Thanksgiving. Tried to remove day after new year. Still trying. It is not cold here. Any ideas?

  53. Hannah

    January 21st, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    If they are being stubborn, then I suggest using a razor blade or one of those scrapers you use on glass top ovens.

    I've found that the thicker ones peel off better, but this last year we made them on parchment paper and when they were dry, we added a small bit of glue to stick them to the windows.

  54. Venance

    November 4th, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Yeah, mine aren't coming off either. Now there are tiny chunks of glue residue on the window. Cool. Is it cos I used hi temp?

  55. Hannah @ We Lived Happily Ever After

    November 4th, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Oh no, that's not fun! Sometimes it has to do with how cold it is outside… When I do mine this year, I'm going to be doing them on wax paper before hand so that I don't have to deal with potentially stubborn glue on glass! XO

  56. Best the best maid service Goshen NY

    March 5th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    It's never too early for Christmassy, glittery stuff! I love it so much!

  57. Fadas de Luz

    May 16th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Adorei sua idΓ©ia. Muito criativa.

  58. Anonymous

    October 2nd, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I am going to do something similar for Halloween, only spider webs instead of snowflakes, Guess I will be doing both!!!

  59. Lindsay

    October 4th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Love this idea. Will have to try it. B)


  60. Anonymous

    November 18th, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    This is the coolest idea ever. I'm going to go buy some glow in the dark glue sticks and some with glitter and just go for it with my three teenage sons.

  61. BeautybyKitty xx

    November 24th, 2014 at 12:53 am

    This idea is wonderful! I did it inside a glass,white picture frame,glued fake snow on the corners and I put this on my hall stand and everyone is like "wow!how did you do that!"So thanks for the great idea!!

  62. applemini

    December 3rd, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    beautiful idea! I love it! thank you very much.

  63. Anonymous

    December 4th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I tried this today, and not wanting to risk cracking my window panes in my door – I did them on a piece of glass. First, getting them off of there was a nightmare. Then I found that they will NOT re-stick like a window cling when I tried to put them on the glass. This was the biggest waste of time ever. So disappointed because I wanted this to work.

  64. Hannah @ We Lived Happily Ever After

    December 6th, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Sorry it didn't work for you – It's best to put something on the glass first (pam, etc) or just do it on parchment paper. I am doing an "Updated" version of this post in a few days which shows how to do them in more detail… and they peel off like butter! Hope that helps! XO

  65. Anonymous

    December 5th, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Looking in the comments to see how it worked for others? I'll give you my story. It worked PERFECTLY. Okay, maybe I exaggerated a little. So I used the back of a casserole dish and sprayed it with cooking spray, like the article said, then began to glue. The idea really does work perfectly, but I have to say – it didn't work for me. And I assume 100% of the blame goes to my glue gun because it's a tad bit old and one of those smaller, cheaper ones. Anyways, it was just a little messy and didn't look that pretty so I decided not to do it anymore half way through. I still HIGHLY recommend trying the craft out yourself because it is bound to work with others who are more advanced and skilled in homemade crafts and have a better glue gun. Excellent post! I'll definitely try this in the future, when I get a better glue gun.

  66. Hannah @ We Lived Happily Ever After

    December 6th, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for your input! So glad the cooking spray works! Maybe parchment paper would help make them look less messy (no oils to make them separate) Also, try to use lots of glue, vs a little, and take it slow for thicker, cleaner snowflakes. XO

  67. Charlotte from AZ

    December 10th, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Very cool Idea!! It is warm here, but will give this a try…who knows…it may seem lots cooler with ice on the windows! Thanks for sharing your step by step tutorial and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  68. Tifanny Navyona

    December 12th, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Hi Hanna, i think your blog is very tremendous! Thankyou for sharing the free fonts and especially such an adorable tutorial about digital watercoloring using photoshop. Love all your ideas and the simplicity behind it πŸ™‚ and oh, sorry in advance for reposting your web on my facebook without ask your permission first. Wishing you a very happy Christmas for you and your family!

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