Kiddley reader Aoife Clifford kindly sent in this great snowflake craft idea
There is nothing so much like Christmas as white snowflakes, even in Australia. As my children are one and three Christmas is still a work in progress as we introduce old family traditions to them and they think of new traditions for us. Last year all my eldest wanted from Santa Claus was snow (this year he wants a REAL magic wand not a toy one!). A little tricky so I bought a whole heap of tissue paper and cut snowflakes out in the hope that it would be enough. There are plenty of patterns on the internet . I used the Martha Stewart Kids pattern which coincidentally is craft of the week at the moment. Luckily he liked them but as he was only two I did have to hang them out of his reach for fear his dream could be ripped up in about 30 seconds. You could make them out of any sort of paper but I like the look of tissue paper.
This year we are doing it all again but I had a revelation of making them out of vilene from my sewing shop. It looks just like tissue paper but is much stronger – people use it for making patterns with because it is very hard to rip – so really is ideal for crafting with kids. Most sewing shops and craft shops would have equivalents. It cost about $1.50 AUS a metre. I am most fond of the plain snowflake but my kids, like most, seem to channel Versace in their decorating and demand enough glitter to make a glam rocker blush. Vilene will withstand all the glitter, stickers, glue and paint that your kids will literally throw at it.
For younger crafters like my two I’m in charge of the cutting and they the colouring. For really wee ones, like my 16 month old, I got her to decorate the square first and then cut out the snowflake afterwards.
We tend to stick our snowflakes up on our windows but you can make garlands, wreaths, tree decorations, stick them on presents and cards and even use them as a stencil for decorating cakes with icing sugar or cocoa as our last picture shows.
What’s even better is that I think these snowflakes will actually make it to Christmas next year as well – so you can keep on adding to your decorations each year with some new varieties.