Hello! Did you know that today is not Thursday? You did? Then why didn’t you clue me in on this fact. This whole Christmas thing has just ruined my already tenuous grasp of what day of the week it is. Such is a hazard of working at home, where everyday is a working day.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is by far my most favorite time of year. It is a time when you can have all of the fun of the holidays, but none of the soul sucking stress. And it can be soul sucking, can’t it? Even when you try not to let all of the stress get to you, it does. Because all of those people out shopping and in your way all the time, it can inspire target aisle rage. And by you, I mean me.
But this week after Christmas, we like to decorate the house for New Years, bake our gingerbread house, and make more cookies. Because we can always use an excuse for cookies.
I came across this snowflake garland at Apartment Therapy that is part of a display at Anthropologie. Oh how fun, I thought! We could make something like a cut snowflake curtain! How fun would that be.
And you know what I realized as we began doing this… that it would be fun. If I had my own Chinese sweatshop filled with workers adept with small pointy scissors. Instead I have a few easily distracted children, with questionable eye hand co-ordination, and safety scissors.
After a few failed attempts I had to revise my expectations.
I wanted to make bunches and bunches of these:
But they proved way too difficult for any of my children who had the slightest interest in doing the project. I did find some patterns online that my 8 yr old was able to do with ease.
(I’ll provide links at the bottom of the post directing you to all of the patterns I found.) But nothing for the younger set.
So I had to make my own pattern. Which sounds easy, but really isn’t when you lack the crafty Martha gene.
And because surely there are others of you who are similarly afflicted, and have lots of daylight to burn during the holiday week, I will share my easy instructions. I am giving like that.
Step One: Gather some paper, scissors, and a pen. If you don’t have these things then I am sorry. You can’t do the craft. I don’t mean just now, I mean ever. You are beyond help.
You need to have a perfect square. If you are using copy paper, like I am, you will need to do this.
Then cut off that bottom strip. I am cutting with my left hand and I am not even left handed. Just so I can take a photo with my right hand. See what I do for you?
Fold in half.
Fold in half again.
Fold into a triangle.
I do not know why my fingers look like fat purple sausages here. They really don’t look like that in real life. I swear.
I drew half of a heart shape onto the triangle so that it is touching on both of the folded sides. I don’t know why I didn’t photograph this part. Perhaps I wanted to add a little drama by eliminating the single most important part.
But I did photograph my 4 yr old daughter cutting out the heart shape.
More than one photograph, in fact.
Open up the paper folds carefully, but with a flourish.
This is what you have so far. Kind of boring. But maybe you can convince your child that it is a snowflake.
Fold it all back up the way it was and draw another little half heart shape. Give it to your child to cut out.
You now have this. The little imperfections just make it that much more special. If you are a perfectionist like me you might need to remind yourself of this a few times.
Needs a little more.
Just a little bit more.
As a bonus here is my bloated purple hand that should belong to a dead pleurisy victim.
Step Will This Ever End:
Step Almost Over I Need a Stiff Drink:
I took some white thread out of my sewing kit and strung the snowflakes onto varying length pieces of thread. Then I used the ever classy scotch tape to hang the snowflakes from the interior window trim.
We ended up with a combination of intricate ones that I made, semi-intricate ones that my 8 yr old made, and the simple ones I provided instructions for above made by my 4 yr old. All together, strung up from the window, they make a nice decorative garland. Nicer than I thought they would look.
We also made these:
Links for snowflake templates:
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream snowflakes
Still Feeling Crafty? What about a snowflake chandelier?