Christmas Crafting – paper snowflakes

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Fold your paper into a square, then fold into a triangle. Fold some more.  A bit like this:

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Here’s the template for mine.  I found it on the internet, drew it on and then carefully cut it out.  Please bear in mind that I’m not naturally creative, crafty or artistic so if I can do this, anyone can!

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You can probably find and make a more intricate, delicate design. If you have a craft knife, there’s probably a lot more you can do, as scissors can be hard work! Anyway, this is the finished product:

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And this is our pretty window at work.  Sure brightens up the usual crappy view!!

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This is a great project to do with the kids, and the snowflakes are a lovely keepsake that you can keep and cherish when they are older and don’t want to do this sort of stuff with you anymore!!

Merry Christmas….

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Christmas crafting for the artistically challenged

You know how people make jokes about not being able to sew a button on? Well, I can do that. I can just about repair a seam that’s come apart as well.  After that, I’m rubbish. I am a writer, not an artist and I can’t make cards or create my own art for the house or knit, sew or craft cushions etc.  But I have stumbled upon the easiest Christmas crafting ever. If I can do this, anyone – seriously, anyone – can do this!

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You will need:

  • White crew sock (buy several pairs if you want to make gifts)
  • Elastic bands
  • Mixed bag of buttons (I chose green & red smaller ones)
  • Some Christmas ribbon or fabric
  • Craft glue
  • Map pins
  • Long grain rice
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread

Start by cutting the sock at the heel and tying off the main part with an elastic band.  Keep the rest of the sock, you’ll need it.

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Next, stuff the sock with rice.  Keep pushing it down and using the stretch of the sock to plump it out and make a fat, round base.

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Next, tie off a section and then fill up the smaller top section with more rice. Tie off with another elastic band.  Your sock should now have a basic snowman shape.

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You now need your map pins. I bought a pack of black and a multi coloured pack, which had orange inside. This was good, as I was all out of miniature carrots…

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He’s starting to look like a real snowman now! Next, add your ribbon and fashion it like a scarf.  Also, roll the top of the edge of the sock remnant up and place it on the snowman’s head like a hat.

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Okay, now you just need to embellish him a little.  Sew or glue some buttons on to the main body section and maybe jazz up his hat with some ribbon or fabric offcuts.

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You are all done! And here he is – my finished prototype Snowman 🙂

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Directions were taken from HERE. Their snowmen are considerably better than mine!!! Here are some other sock snowmen.  Using different materials, embellishments and crafty bits you can create your own individual designs.

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