Our grandsons attend a Waldorf school and their biggest fundraiser of the year is called The Elve's Faire which is this Saturday. Every family is supposed to donate 12 hand made crafts to the faire. They also have vendors who rent booths, live music and food. I am SO excited to go and see all the beautiful things people have made. Our daughter has 3 young sons, a writing career, an online book club on education that she hosts, she is a representative on the parent council at school and has a home to care for. I took pity on her and told her I would make her crafts (I think I heard a large sigh of relief when I said I would do that for her)!
Waldorf schools encourage children to use their imaginations when it comes to toys and games. They highly discourage electronics which is okay by me. Many of the people in Silicon Valley send their children to Waldorf schools which I find highly interesting. The children begin doing crafting in Kindergarden which is wonderful and they craft all the way through school. They start by finger knitting. It is amazing to see all the little ones knitting away and they easily progress to knitting with pencils and then needles. They do woodworking and all kinds of really beautiful art.
All crafts for the faire are to be made from natural materials, nothing synthetic. Now that puts a whole new light on the subject of craft making. That means no acrylic felt, nothing plastic, nothing polyester and that eliminates a lot of crafting materials. What to do, what to do.
Last year, I made these cut paper snowflakes with the boys and Holly fell in love with them, so she asked that these be one of the crafts. That was okay by me because I have tons of book pages and music pages from another craft project that I had done. These are a little time consuming, but oh so beautiful. They can be made in any size depending on the size squares you start with. Last winter we made huge white snowflakes using some 100% cotton paper that I had. Holly loved my book page wreath that I made so much, that I decided to use book pages and music pages for this project. Here is what you do.
First, choose the paper you want to use. I chose these pages.
You will cut out 6 or 8 squares for each snowflake. I used a box lid that is 4 inches square for my template. (Remember, this will give you an 8 inch snowflake because you are going to glue two sets of sections together.) Trace around your square, whatever size you are using, and cut out 6 or 8 squares.
Fold again corner to corner to make a smaller triangle.
Open up all the squares after you have cut them.
Now, the fun part! This is where the gluing begins. I used a glue stick and the brand I use is from Big Lots (it is their brand) and is called Bridgeport and has a blue wrapper. Best glue stick I have ever found and the only one I use. It sets up immediately. No waiting. Hot glue can work, but you risk burning yourself and you may have lumps in the folded over sections left from the glue. The choice is yours.
This is what you do first.
Place some glue from the glue stick on the inside of the bottom cut piece and fold it over the top piece. I put a pencil in while doing this so I don't mash the center. Remove the pencil after a couple of seconds.
Here is how I do the glue.
I place my thumb against the outside of the piece I am gluing so I have something to press against. Rub the glue around a couple of times on the tip of the cut piece. Be careful not to tear the paper (and yes, you will have glue all over your thumb like in the picture). Pull up the same cut piece from the other side, fold the glued piece over the bottom piece, pinch between your fingers and hold just a couple of seconds.
When you are making each piece of the "flake", you will fold one piece forward, the next piece back, the next piece forward and the final piece back.
Here is my final bunch of snowflakes.
These would be fun for an afternoon or evening crafting project with your children or grandchildren - even in a class room or Sunday school class. It doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful or thoughtful.
Keep this project in mind for the upcoming holidays. I used them in my windows after Christmas last year during that gloomy January/February part of the winter before Valentine's day. Have fun with this one!
Things to Remember:
Memories of making things for Christmas are some of my fondest childhood memories. Don't forget to make some memories with those you love.