On Tuesday, when I had promised this post, we were invited to attend a beautiful Winter Garden ceremony at our grandsons' school. I did not get my blog written before we went and needless to say, it was too late to write when we returned (that's a nice way of saying my brain had ceased to function at that point). As for the Winter Garden, I am so very glad we went. It was one of the most beautiful and inspiring programs ever.
Anyway, here is the promised tutorial with directions on how to make your own snowflakes from craft sticks, better known as popsicle sticks. When I was in elementary school back in the dark ages, I had an art teacher who would ask for strange things for art projects. It made my mom crazy and there were no craft stores to buy such things as were requested. One December we had to have a bunch of popsicle sticks. Where did one get popsicle sticks in December? No one knew. So, we bought popsicles and ate them until we had the required number of sticks. Thank goodness for craft stores! I bought a box of 1000 craft sticks at WalMart for $3.99. Can't beat that with a stick. (I know, I know). Just couldn't pass it up. You can make a LOT of snowflakes with this many craft sticks, or lots of other projects if your heart so desires.
I had seen these snowflakes on Pinterest last year. They were on an interior wall and painted red which were really quite lovely. My desire was for snowflakes that looked like snowflakes, the white kind like the ones that fall from the sky. We have always been taught that no two snowflakes are alike so I created all mine to be different. Wouldn't you?
This is an easy project. You need some craft sticks, hot glue and paint. Feel free to glitter these up if you want. I was in a hurry the day I made these (and it shows, please forgive), so I did not do glitter. Simply start by making a base for the flake. The first one I did was the biggest one that is on the left in the windows. You will need a protractor and some basic math if you want them to be really straight. Also, the sticks may move while the glue is still drying, so some of mine are a little wonky which totally goes against my need for things to be straight. (Ever hear of the galloping horse theory? We used it in costuming. On a galloping horse, no one will notice if something is not perfectly even). These snowflakes are hanging outside, blowing in the wind, and hopefully no one will notice that they are not perfectly straight. If these were on an inside wall where I could see them, it would be mandatory for them to be straight. Period. OCD, I know.
Back to the directions. Make your base. The biggest flake starts with six sticks in an asterisk shape. To be perfectly straight, you want 60 degree angles between the sticks. Remember basic math? A circle has 360 degrees, so 180 degrees for half a circle, 3 angles per half circle would be 60 degrees. Have fun with that protractor! Glue the sticks together.
I leaned the flakes up against the fence around my little secret garden to take the pictures. When I looked at the picture, my thought was someone needs to clean up that poor garden. I will talk to the yard man about it. Here are some of the other designs I made. It's really lots of fun coming up with designs. Yep, that one is crooked on the top too. : (
Here is how they look hanging on the porch. Now they don't look so crooked. See? Galloping horse!
This is a project even your kids can have fun with, just help them with the gluing part! We don't want any burned fingers.
These snowflakes may hang on the porch when the Christmas decorations come down. I do like the way they look. Make your own snowflakes and enjoy the creative process. It's lots of fun. When friends and neighbors ask where you got them, just say I made them. Easy peasy.
Things to Remember:
Every snowflake that falls is one of a kind - just like you!