We finally finished taking down all of the Christmas decorations last week, and my house has been feeling a little bit bare. I guess removing a 15-foot Christmas tree from the midst of our living room will do that!
So when I was looking for a project to do with the kids last week, I was excited to come across this popsicle stick snowflake craft idea on, where else, Pinterest. I figured I could use it to kill two birds with one stone -- you know, keep the kids occupied for an hour or so and make something cute to dress up the living room.
A quick trip to Walmart provided all of the materials for our little snowflake craft project...
I based my snowflakes loosely on the templates provided in the post I mentioned previously, building and gluing section by section. I should note that I used wood glue instead of a hot glue gun to make this a more kid-friendly project, but this does mean that you need to allow some drying time for each section.
Also, I did not use a protractor to measure everything -- I'm just not that exacting, lol. I simply eyeballed the angles, and I think they turned out just fine.
In hindsight, I should have realized that the snowflakes patterns might be a tad too complicated for my younger children, but once they stopped trying to mimic the flakes I was making and started getting creative on their own, we ended up with a fun mixture of snowflakes. They mostly made snowflakes that closely resemble asterisks, and I'm good with that. They provide a nice balance to the larger flakes that I put together with my oldest daughter!
Once all of our snowflakes were dry, my husband gave them a nice coat of white spray paint, followed by a light coating of the glitter spray paint. Originally I was just going to use the glitter spray paint, which is why the white spray paint isn't pictured, but it wasn't opaque enough to cover the wood on its own.
After the paint dried overnight, we applied rhinestones to the tips and angles of the snowflakes for a little more interest. This part is totally optional, but I happen to like the little bit of added bling, as do my girls.
My final step was to hang the snowflakes up using some Command Strips and navy blue satin ribbon. I think fishing line would work equally well, and you may already have some of that laying around.
I just love the way this fun snowflake craft turned out! Crafting with the kids is always fun, plus we were able to spruce up the living room in the process.
Have you done any fun winter crafts lately? I could use a new project for our after school activity on Wednesday!