Christmas snowflakes made to last

Kiddley reader Aoife Clifford kindly sent in this great snowflake craft idea

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

12 Responses to “Christmas snowflakes made to last”

  1. McQuang

    Lovely. I’m impressed at the cleverness of making such pretty delicate things tough enough to last until next year. I also liked the diversity into cake decoration.

  2. Sinny MacIntosh

    What a terrific idea! I will be sure to make these with my littlies.

    We have made some really nice Advent pictures for our windows with cellophane and foil and these snowflakes will make a lovely addition (and they look like much less mess!).

    Thanks Aoife!

  3. Alisa

    What a fantastic idea! The beautiful snowflakes that we made have already been ripped to shreds by our agile 19 month old. My 4 year old daughter was not happy. We’ll have to try again. Thanks for the idea.

  4. Jean

    Does anyone know, does vilene go by another name in the States?

    Thanks!

  5. Jenn

    Awesome idea! I am going to do this for my classroom where paper snowflakes can be displayed-but rip as we take them down to take home.

  6. Marilyn

    Lovely idea,my 8 year old son has enjoyed making these.Thank you for the idea.

  7. Aoife

    Hello

    Just to respond to a few questions. We use sticky tape to stick ours on but you could use blue-tack or anything like that to make to easier to get off.

    I just googled vilene and it is available in the US – here is their email for customer service vilene.usa@freudenberg-nw.com but I’d just talk to your local sewing shop I’m sure they would have something similar that you could use.

    Happy Snowflake making.

  8. Liz

    Excellent craft idea Aoife. You are a crafting legend!

    I sought out vilene at Spotlight (in Australia). The woman sold me something called Easy Trace Interfacing which is not vilene. I ask you, are those Spotlight employees ever friendly or helpful? (Must be the AWAs.) Anyway, that said, the interfacing has a good tissue-paper look to it and is pretty tough. Might not be the best for decorating though. I stuck mine to the windows with small pieces of double-sided tape.

    Thanks Aoife.

  9. Stacy

    I’m not sure if it’s exactly the same, but it vilene sounds just like the stuff I use for tracing sewing patterns before I cut them. I buy it at Jo Ann’s here in the states, and it’s called “Pattern Ease”.

    Thanks for the idea – we’ll be trying it at our home this eyar.

  10. kelly

    a big (but belated) thankyou to Aoife!

    I went to buy some pattern paper and also ended up deciding to try using some remnants of interfacing because they were so cheap.

    Lo and behold one of the remnants was fusible… so I ironed them on to felt and got these snowflake Christmas ornaments, which were our gifts for our co-workers this year. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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