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
Now that there’s a chill in the air, winter feels more like a reality. I’ve even seen a few snowflakes floating around up here in Boston already. And while holiday decor tends to overtake the interwebs in December, sometimes more subtle winter-themed decor can be refreshing. So today we have ten gorgeous snowflake DIY projects for you.
I don’t know about you, but I spend most of my budget on gifts this time of year… which means that I don’t have much to spend on ornaments and decorations. So a toilet paper roll snowflake sounds pretty good to me! Check out the surprisingly beautiful result after the jump.
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 great paper snowflake template and tutorial. You’ll be able to make beautiful garlands like the one below in no time at all!
Read on to see how to get today’s download: Curbly Essentials: Paper Snowflake Garland
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Dateline: Monroe United Methodist Church, Early December, 1986-1992. Tiny Chris is bent over a folding table in the Fellowship Hall, making beaded snowflake ornaments. And they looked NOTHING like this.
From FashioningTechnology: “I’m unusually enthusiastic about this holiday season. I’ve already started making gifts and holiday decorations. I made a few handmade LED snowflake ornaments that I would like to share with the community. They are super-easy to make and only take about 15-20 minutes each (depends on how long you experiment with the beading). Continue Reading
There’s something about elegantly cut white paper that simply captures the holidays.
So this season, grab your scissors and hang up some comfort and joy with this retro-inspired, mod paper snowflake garland. You could wrap it around your tree, drape across your mantle, or simple let it flow on a wall or from the ceiling. In the spirit of giving, we’re offering a free, downloadable and infinitely printable pattern to enable you to keep whipping these up all season long. Continue Reading
A paper pumpkin: easy, fun, inexpensive, festive, and…..asymmetrical. Even the steadiest of scissor-wielders can’t get those chubby sides quite even. Unless, of course, you borrow a technique from a different holiday.
Turns out, the easy-paper snowflake folding technique can work wonders on jack-o-lanterns, and, presumably, on all sorts of fall flair. Click here to head to MerMag for an easy photo how-to.
Okay…just ONE MORE Christmas-y thing before the big day! I was so inspired by madamsewingstick’s knitter’s Christmas ball, I decided I had to go for the crocheter’s version. Of course, if you don’t crochet, you could ‘stuff’ your ball with a small paper snowflake or even one made out of craft foam, but if choosing foam, I might opt to dust it with some fine crystal glitter to make it look not so foamy. Basically, I did what madam said she did, although I did have to stick something long and skinny inside the ball to unfurl the snowflake, which I sort of had to roll-up to get in there. Continue Reading
A piece of paper. A scissors. A scant five minutes. The results?
The paper snowflake is nearly everyone’s first Christmastide craft, and its elegant aesthetic keeps folks creating ’em, year after year. But my elementary-school snowflakes never really captured nature’s precise geometry and symmetry…they really looked more like crude doilies than lilting crystalline water.
As it turns out, the magic doesn’t lie in obsessive, intricate scissorwork…but rather in starting in the right place: folding technique. Continue Reading
Nothing sets a festive mood like a fresh lighting scheme. From tiki torches at a summer BBQ to a full-on romantic candlelit dinner on Valentine’s day, there’s always something incredible about the unique glow at special occasions.
But such an investment for once-a-year is a bit wasteful…well, at least it used to be. Requiring only a scissors and some completely reusable L.E.D. votives, Design*Sponge offers this project: snowflake lights. Beautiful, inexpensive, creative, and oh so holidaylicious. Continue Reading