1 or 2 stiff snowflakes in red or green (as shown) or white* (we used 4" and 6" snowflakes)
or you can use a crochet or tatted doily, stiffened (see How to Stiffen Doilies) Clear acrylic varnish (optional)
Paint (optional) in colors of your choice
Glitter (optional) in colors of your choice
Hot glue gun and glue (or other glue of your choice)
Ribbon to make 1 or 2 bows (optional) for each ornament
Ribbon, cord, thread or clear fishing line (to be used as a hanger)
*Note: Doilies and snowflakes can be purchased at craft stores, fabric stores, and many other places, especially at Christmastime. Also look for small doilies in the doll-making section of your craft store.
1. Optional: If you wish to paint your paper casting, apply a coat of varnish to the side with the design and let dry. This keeps the moisture in the paint from turning the paper casting back into pulp.
2. Optional: If you are using a stiffened doily, apply a coat of varnish to make it stronger and block it out until dry.
3. Optional: Paint the design on the paper casting in colors of your choice and let dry.
4. Optional: Add varnish to areas on the paper casting where you want glitter, then sprinkle glitter on while varnish is still wet. Let it dry. Then apply a final coat of varnish to secure the glitter.
5. Glue 1 paper casting to the 4" sbowflake.
Optional: Glue the 4" snowflake with the paper casting to the 6" snowflake (as shown below)
Optional: apply a second paper casting to the other side of the snowflake for a 2-sided ornament.
6. Optional: Make a bow and glue it to the top of the ornament as shown. Glue another bow on the other side of the snowflake if you want a 2-sided ornament.
7. Make a loop of ribbon, cord, thread or clear fishing line and tie a knot. Glue it onto the top of the ornament and let it dry thoroughly before hanging.
An Easy Project for Kids:
This is a good children’s project and you get good results. Children can cut paper snowflakes instead of using the store-bought or crochet snowflakes. Origami paper has beautiful colors and it is easy to fold. You can fold it several times, then cut out bells, trees, stars, etc. Kids are fascinated by that and often do paper cutting at school using just plain white paper. You can encourage them to cut small, simple snowflakes if they are just learning.
The project above was designed and created by Nancy Wilhelmson.
Thank you, Nan!