Here in the frozen north (a.k.a. Minnesota), no one really likes snow. As soon as those first puffy flakes come tumbling down from the sky, you can almost hear a unanimous groan echoing across the state. We experienced our first snowfall the weekend after Halloween, and no one was happy about it… except for me. I love the snow! Granted, I'm not from here, so maybe it's just a matter of me not being sick of it yet. Continue Reading
This one goes out to all my Star Wars-obsessed friends and family–you know who you are. I’m going out on a limb here and guessing you’ve got a few in your life, too? Just call it a hunch. Impress them this holiday season (or embrace your own Star Wars geekdom) with these hand-cut snowflakes!
This month, we’re giving away a free series of useful PDF tutorials that are perfect for the holiday season. We’re calling it “Curbly Essentials”, and today’s download is a set of nine printable, cut-out-able paper snowflake templates. These sweet-looking things are modeled after photomicrogaphy of real snowflakes (if you have a minute, look at some of these images, they’re amazing).
Read on to see how to get today’s download: Curbly Essentials: Paper Snowflake Templates
There are two ways to access today’s download:
Those kids over at The Purl Bee never cease to get my creative juices flowing! This DIY project is a super easy and super awesome and involves everyone’s favorite material: felt!
Making double-sided felt snowflakes is a snap if you follow The Purl Bee’s simple instructions. Their hot pink and white combo is certainly stunning, but what colors would you use? (I’d probably spring for mixes of turquoise, lime, and white–with silver thread!) Check out the tutorial right here. Continue Reading
I can’t think of a sweeter way to top off a cup of hot chocolate than with these snowflake marshmallows. Martha tells us how to make the marshmallow mix from scratch (so you know it’s yummy). Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- vegetable-oil cooking spray
- snowflake-shaped cookie cutters
After mixing the ingredients, you basically roll the mixture like dough and cut out the shapes with cookie cutters. Continue Reading
Real snowflakes are teeny. These craft stick replicas are not! I particularly like the idea of painting them red. Wanna make some? Then you’ll have to scrounge up this stuff:
- craft sticks (aka popsicle sticks)
- hot glue gun and glue
- fishing line
- clear cellophane tape
- 3/8- to 1/2-inch-wide holiday ribbon
- red and white paint (the maker used Benjamin Moore Aura Steam [AF-15] and Caliente [AF-290])
- round 12mm rhinestones
- double-stick foam tape
- small paintbrush
- drop cloth or newspaper
- this tutorial over at Crafty Nest
And yes, they’re lovely in white too. Continue Reading
Snowflakes that are fuzzy and soft are so much better than the real thing. Look how pretty these Two Sided Felt Snowflakes are:
creator, Molly at The Purl Bee says that you can ‘You can create your
own blizzard in a snap!’ A pretty felt blizzard sounds lovely and way
better than the real kind that stops you wearing your brand new boots
and makes your nose do that dribbly snot thing.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 pieces of felt one in your chosen colours
- A water soluble marking pen ( I would totally use a pencil)
- A ruler
- 2 spools of cotton in contrasting colours
- The handy downloadable templates provided
I reckon you could probably make them by hand if you didn’t have a sewing machine. Continue Reading
These snowflake designs are quite remarkable. If you examine them closely, you’ll see pictures in them. Easy to make out are the seahorses and fish pictured above. Also easy to spot are these hearts, but note the ‘love border’.
A little trickier yet is ‘Joy’ spelled out in the one below. The maker has included not only the folding and cutting methods but examples of the patterns he used as well. Again, remarkable. For the entire tutorial, head on over to Instructables. Continue Reading
Seriously, who would have imagined these stars started out as plastic bottle bottoms?? And to make this project even better, it’s super easy to do!
To make a garland consisting of 5 stars & 3 snowflakes, you’ll need:
- 8 plastic bottles
- a scissors
- a needle or small hole punch
- clear beads