Kids enjoy making snowflakes using folded sheets of paper and scissors, but the craft is not just for children. Adults also enjoy folding, trimming, clipping and making intricate flakes of decorative snow. They are good for more than just decorative windows. Enjoy these five winter crafts that include paper snowflakes, and create lovely home decor, unique greeting cards and more. Get out your scissors and sheets of construction paper and cardstock, and transform something ordinary into extraordinary wintertime art.
Paper Snowflake Greeting Cards
If you enjoy making your greeting cards instead of buying them, consider adding paper snowflakes. Fold a sheet of light blue cardstock in half, and create an intricate snowflake. Place it on a sheet of waxed paper or another disposable surface, and apply spray adhesive. Immediately stick half of it to the front of the card, and fold the rest around the back. If you prefer sparkling snowflakes, use a cotton swab to apply craft glue to the cutout. Cover it with white iridescent glitter. Finish decorating and labeling the card as desired.
Create a Chain for a Mantel or Holiday Tree
Paper chains are usually very basic. They are typically made from strips of paper that have been linked and glued or taped together. Instead of using paper strips, use handmade snowflakes. Thread them onto a long piece of yarn. Knot the yarn in between the flakes to keep them from becoming bunched together. Use the chain to decorate the edge of a fireplace mantel or around a holiday tree.
Make a Paper Snowflake Wreath
Paper snowflake wreaths are delicate, detailed and absolutely gorgeous. You will need a foam wreath form and various shades of blue cardstock and bright white cardstock. Apply a thin layer of craft glue to the snowflakes, and sprinkle them with white iridescent glitter. After the glue dries, use Weldbond to attach the flakes to the foam, and be sure to overlap them to completely cover the wreath.
Decorative Winter Votive Cups
Plain glass votive cups can be beautifully decorated with paper snowflakes and used with battery-operated votive candles. Make the flakes just large enough to wrap around the bottom and up the sides of the holders. Do not worry about creases. Apply the designs with decoupage medium. After it dries, apply a top coat to seal the paper. They will look gorgeous when illuminated with flickering battery-operated candles. They make fantastic gifts too.
Create a Curtain of Gorgeous Snowflakes for a Window
Paper snowflakes can be used to make gorgeous window treatments that will enhance your winter view. Even if snow does not blanket the ground, it can cover a window. Make dozens of beautiful snowflakes using printer paper or another lightweight variety. Hang them in vertical rows from invisible thread on the drapery rod. Each time a slight draft touches the decorations, they will gently sway and twist in the breeze. Consider placing flickering battery-operated tea light candles in the window just below or behind them. They will beautifully illuminate your nighttime winter display.
Source: Advanced Crafting and Professional Home Decorating Experience