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Paper Snowflakes

Fun fact of the day…

Today is Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day…

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Simple Valentines

Hey, I have been so crazy busy with school that I decided I needed to take some time away from homework so a few night ago I got some of my craft supplies out and made some valentines. Recently I bought different packs of buttons. I love all the crafts that have been done with them on Pinterest. I adore Pinterest, definitely take a look at it. Anyways I wanted to make my family some valentines.

So here they are…

Now I made a few more than this but I liked these ones. They are really not that hard to make. I wanted to make sure that they are simple and pretty, and that they can be personalized.

Here are the things I used…

So I took

-Construction paper (I found some that is half the size of regular paper, then I just cut them, into threes)

-Paper clips (I found at the dollar store a pack of a bunch of different colours and picked out the green ones)

-Little flowers (I found them at the dollar store, they could even be made, just card stock with a little gem in the middle)

-Buttons (Really any kind will work, probably bigger for the inside of the flower)

-Double sided tape (I adore double sided tape, I use it for everything)

-Tissue paper (Really any kind colour can be used, maybe even a few different colours)

First I took my doubled sided tape, and put into a square. Then I folded the tissue paper and cut out some petals shapes.

The thing I did special with the petals is that I cut them on a fold. So the bottom is connecting the two petals. This is  so I could twist the fold a little to get the petals to fan out, then stuck them onto the tape.

Then I did a second layer, and put the button on. I was going to do something different for a stem but I kinda liked the paper clip. I straightened out the first one for the main stem, for the two little flowers I half straightened them, so there would still be a bend in the middle.

To secure them on, I cut the double sided tape in half to fit along the paper clips. I wrapped the siding of the tape around the paper clip so that it would not stand out as much on the paper.

Then I chose some flowers to put on the ends of the smaller stems, now those could have been made into more tissue paper flowers, or leaves, whatever you prefer.

So any questions just ask, I hope this makes sense.

Cost:

-Construction paper ($1.25 for a pack)

-Paper clips ($1.25 for a pack)

-Little flowers ($1.25 for a pack)

-Buttons ($1.25 for a pack)

-Double sided tape ($1.25 for a roll)

-Tissue paper ($1.25 for a pack)

So this craft is really inexpensive, and you can make many of them!

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A simple snowflake

This year is my first year away from my parents house at Christmas time, of course I will be there for Christmas, but the time before I will be at my apartment so I thought I should do some decorating. And obviously I have a great mum because she knew that I wanted to get a tree but I really didn’t have too much extra money. She went and found me a tree, it is being delivered tomorrow! Anyways I am excited but still money, not too much money to buy decorations or even ornaments… Kinda sucks, but I am just going to make some.

So tonight I made a snowflake out of paper, now I know what you are saying, that is really nothing new. Well this one I must say is pretty, and not that hard to make! When I first saw it, I thought I will never be able to make this, unless I focused and struggled, but oh my goodness, not the case at all. Its is really simple. Any ways here is how I made it…

So first you want to cut out a square

From your square(top) you want to fold it diagonally (on the right), then again (on the bottom).

From that you want to cut a few strips into one side, but do not cut all the way across!!

Now I am sure that you can do less strips or more if you would like.

Then open it up

This is probably the trickiest part, and it is not that bad

So what you want to do is take the two matching corners and you can either staple them on tape them together. I found that stapling held them better, and they didn’t pull or rip. You need to do this with each set of corners, start with one corner on one side, then flip the other to staple the corners so they are on the opposite side.

This is the first two corners stapled.

Once you have the first one done you are going to have to make five more!

Okay, once you made them all you are going to take the outer corner of each and staple them so that they are in a long line, now for this I taped it. But then had to staple them after because the tape was not sticking. Now this could be because my tape didn’t work so well.  So definitely use what works for you.

So you should have six of these diamond shapes, stapled together, side to side. Now take them and wrap the side that are not attached and staple them, this will now turn into your snowflake.
Now for the middle part I chose to tape them together, you could do whatever works for you.

This was my first time making this, is it super easy, and looks really nice. Even my boyfriend liked it!
Let me know how it goes for you! And I think this will be ever a craft that kids could try!

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