Christmas Found: Faux Snow Flakes

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Take a plain ol piece of printer paper (8.5×11″)
…and fold it in half.

On the folded side, find your center mark…

…by folding it in half again and pinching the bottom corner.

Just pinch the corner, like this (see on the lower right?)…

I drew a little line so you can see where the center mark is…

Now fold the bottom corner up from that center point so that your bottom right corner is now pointing up near the top left corner

Press down to create a fold.

Then do the same with your lower left corner.
Fold that up to meet the top right edge.

Then fold that in half.
It will look like this…

Now you’ll want to trim the excess.
See that short piece in there? You want to cut off everything that’s past that edge.

Like this…

So you’re left with the triangle piece (on the left in the pic below).
You can toss the extra bit that’s on the right

Now draw your design. Try not to cut to far into the smallest angle (over there on the left in the picture below) because that will be the center of your flake. If you cut to far in, it will tend to fold in on itself. Keeping the center in tack will give you a strong flake. That’s an oxymoron… but it’s true.

I penciled in the areas that will be cut away.
Then cut, cut cut.
Once it’s cut, slowly and carefully unfold the paper.

Be sure to press down on the seems as you open it.
It tends to want to fold back up on it’s own.
Once it’s open, you can place each flake in between the pages of a big, heavy book to get them super flat.
Then string them along a piece of fishing line or floss across the ceiling or tape them to your window.
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Wondering what designs I made to get the flakes in the collage pic up top?
Well wonder no more!
Here’s the folded, cut piece (above) along with the open design (below)…

Now that I’ve completely overloaded you with paper cutting, go make some flakes and decorate!

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Bon Temps Beignet: Faux Sneaux Flakes

Christmas Found: Faux Snow Flakes

Giant craft stick snowflakes

Giant white craft stick snowflakes
Giant red craft stick snowflakes

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How to make giant craft stick snowflakes

Supplies and tools

  • craft sticks
  • protractor
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • fishing line
  • clear cellophane tape
  • 3/8- to 1/2-inch-wide holiday ribbon
  • red and white paint (I used Benjamin Moore Aura Steam [AF-15] and Caliente [AF-290])
  • round 12mm rhinestones
  • scissors
  • double-stick foam tape
  • small paintbrush
  • drop cloth or newspaper

All my snowflakes are based on three basic patterns, which I will call star, hexagon, and rotated hexagon.

The star

star - step 1
1. Start by gluing six craft sticks in an asterisk shape at 30 degree angles. Use a protractor to make sure your angles are accurate.
star - step 2
2. Then add the points to the star.
star - step 3
DIY giant snowflake - star pattern
3. Finally, depending on the pattern, add the final craft sticks to complete the snowflake.


The hexagon

star - step 1
1A. Start by gluing six craft sticks in an asterisk shape at 30 degree angles. Use a protractor to make sure your angles are accurate.
mini hexagon
1B. For the mini hexagon, start with three craft sticks instead of six.
hexagon - step 1
2. Add more sticks to expand the lengths.
hexagon - step 3
3. Glue six sticks in a hexagon shape, then glue each point of the hexagon to your asterisk shape.
hexagon - step 4
hexagon - step 4 alternate
rotated hexagon - step 3 alternate
4. Finally, depending on the pattern, add the final craft sticks to complete the snowflake.


The rotated hexagon

rotated hexagon - step 1
1. Start by gluing six craft sticks in an asterisk shape at 30 degree angles. Use a protractor to make sure your angles are accurate.
rotated hexagon - step 4
2. Glue six sticks in a hexagon shape, then glue the middle of each side of the hexagon to your asterisk shape.
rotated hexagon - step 3
3. Finally, add the final craft sticks to complete the snowflake.


paint the snowflakes
1. Using a small paintbrush, paint two coats of paint on each side, including the edges. I recommend spray paint instead because it’s easier and faster, but severe weather prohibited spray paint in my case. Let dry.
glue rhinestones
2. Glue rhinestones onto the tips of the snowflakes. Or glue on glitter or fake snow. Let dry/cool.
hang snowflakes in window
3. To hang them in the window, tie fishing line to each snowflake. Tape the fishing line to the top of the window frame with clear cellophane tape.
hang on the wall
4. To hang them on the wall, tie a small ribbon bow to the snowflake, then tie a longer piece of ribbon to the back of the bow. Attach the long ribbon with double-stick foam tape at the very top of the wall.

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Giant craft stick snowflakes – Crafty Nest

Christmas Found

Holiday Craft: Wrapping Paper Stars | Christmas Display Ideas

Wrapping Paper Stars
These stellar but surprisingly easy party decorations (they come together with just a few cuts and twists) are made from all those odds and ends of holiday wrap you’d otherwise toss in the trash. Hang one or dozens to brighten up the house come party time.
Materials
  • Heavy wrapping paper or origami paper
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Hole Punch
Instructions
  1. Cut eight 5- by 5-inch squares from heavy wrapping paper (you can also use precut origami paper).
  2. For each square: fold in half to form a triangle, pretty side out; fold in half again.
  3. Wrapping Paper Stars - Step 3 With scissors, cut into the first fold (now folded in half) about 3/4 inch down from the top, stopping about 1/4 inch from the end. Make a similar cut about 3/4 inch down from the first, as shown.
  4. Wrapping Paper Stars - Step 4 Open the square completely, plain side up, and bring up the 2 inside points to form a roll. Tape the points together with double-sided tape.
  5. Wrapping Paper Stars - Step 5 Flip the square over and tape together the middle points. Flip the square over again and tape the outer points.
  6. Wrapping Paper Stars - Step 6 Tape each of the 8 sections together, middle ring of one to outer ring of the next, to form a chain; tape the first and last sections together to form the star.
  7. To secure the star, tape the tips together in the center. Punch a hole at the top of one of the points and pass a string through to hang.

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Holiday Craft: Wrapping Paper Stars | Christmas Display Ideas | FamilyFun

DIY Christmas Topiaries

Twine Christmas Tree Topiary from The Thrifty Crafter

The Thrifty Crafter has has a couple of Christmas topiary tutorials on her blog that I love. The first is this twine wrapped Christmas tree topiary and the second is the red berry tree topiary. Both would make beautiful centerpieces for Christmas. I am adding these to the collection of Christmas topiaries I love, inlcuding this gorgeous white felt Christmas tree from Bliss Bloom Blog:

The glitter tree topiary from Eighteen25:

The edible Christmas tree topiary from Jeanne Bennedict:

And the fabric tree topiaries from The Pleated Poppy:

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