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I'm still considering myself a newbie because I'm still learning the glory of Christmas yard displays. This year I wanted to put something on my roof because the side of it can easily be seen from the street. I was thinking of putting snowflakes up there.

I've looked everywhere for a DIY snowflake I can put on my roof. I want one that'll light up using ropelight or mini-lights or whatever. Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks!

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Here's a link to where I got mine......http://www.noveltylights.com/36-Bi-Color-Rope-Light-Snowflake-Frosted-White-and-Blue.html

I think rope light is the way to go on the roof as opposed to mini-lights cuz it seem the plastic around the lights gives it more protection from getting damaged.....As you'll see in the pic they are 2 colors and really look good and are bright on the roof, I have 5 on our roof, weve used them for 3 seasons now ant they have held up quite well.

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Ocsurf, I agree with Gmac about the Novelty snowflakes for the roof. I also have five I have used for a couple of years and they look and work great, well worth the $$. I use the smaller 15" size, but you get alot of bag for the size. I used 5mm coro to make a L shape braket to set them upright for the pitch of my roof. Best wishes...

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Thanks guys. This is helpful. I am trying to find plans for a DIY snowflake to bring the costs down. Those look really nice but are out of my price range if I want 3 or 4 of them.

FYI......... A wire frame snowflake w/shipping U'r probably looking at $30-$40 (unless you know how to weld and bend wire) to do a DIY and then you need wireframe light clips and rope light I know HD is $18+Tax(You might want to check out a recient post on PC about Rope light from the BIG BOX STORES) and you have to paint the frame $5 can spray paint. And now your TIME

See where I'm going ? I don't see you saving much doing a DIY. and these vendors will fix or replace a defective product usually ASAP

But with a DIY project your on your own. Hope this Helps

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OCSURF...did you try one of those cage snowflakes?  I've looked everywhere for DIY ropelight ideas/instruction, but to no avail.  I understand they idea and reasoning behind buying it completed for 60 to 80 bucks, but part of why I do this is for the fun/hobby of it.  I like the idea of making something from scratch, standing back, and saying "I did that."

 

If you made one, how did it turn out?  Any pics?  Did you find any other instructions elsewhere you might share?

 

Thanks!

 

Matt

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Happy New Year!  I use 16 tomato cages for trees in my display and was wondering myself, how to create flakes for my roof area.  I have noticed, from the local tomato cage supplier, that some cages come with four legs and others with three.  Four legs gives me more metal to zip tie to.  I like the flake idea listed above.  Not to PooPoo this idea, but, how much detail in a flake do you really need to be seen from the street blinking at 20 fps?  I found a flake at andyslights.com in his display that will allow three channels and a simple rope light style.  I am still waiting for Andy's answer on the construction, but I would probably modify it anyway.  I have not made up my mind yet for next year's display. Thanks for reading.

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Very impressed with this!  Mcas thank you bringing up this old post.  I was lucky to find 5 snowflakes in the past 2 days at 75% off (<$10 each) that are 30" or bigger!  I would consider making some of the ones that utilize the tomato cage design.

 

 I just did the digging and thought it was a good idea.

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