It's hard to find a more inexpensive and yet attractive craft than paper snowflakes. I cut these out (making a huge mess--thank goodness for vacuums!) over a period of two days--always while the baby was sleeping of course (trying to keep all the paper pieces out of her mouth would have been an impossibility). My 3-year-old and I had fun as we taped them up all over our windows and dangled them from the ceiling in our dining room. Now our house feels like a winter wonderland! A warm one--the best kind.
I had fun just experimenting with the scissors to see what would come out, but there are some patterns available online. May I suggest these two:
I learned a few hints though--the biggest hint would be to start with a square piece of paper and then after it is all folded up, cut off the end to make it rounded before cutting your pattern into the paper. That way it ends up as a basic circle or hexagon shape rather than a square.
Making snowflakes kind of got me on a snowflake kick and I found these other great ideas. What a pretty cake! Maybe I'll throw a little snowflake party; wouldn't that be fun for the kiddos!
Vanilla Snowflake Cake from Kraft. Basically what they did to make the snowflakes is they melted white chocolate, placed it into a bag and snipped the end off, then drew snowflakes. When the snowflakes hardened you can lift them up and put them on your cake.
Or put them on your cupcakes:
What a pretty cupcake from Glorious Treats .
And while we are talking about pretty food--take a look at these cookies! Gorgeous! You can order some from Rolling Pin Productions. (Or you could spend ALL DAY making them yourself.) :)
I love this snowflake garland over at mycutestamps. She used felt and sequins to make these pretty snowflakes.
And last but not least, look at these fabulous pictures of REAL snowflakes I found over at the California Institute of Technology.
Can you belive how beautiful and perfectly symetrical they are? Nature is an amazing thing.
Stay warm and have fun with snowflakes!