Make glittering snowflakes using inexpensive materials found around the house. Find patterns and directions here for fun snowflake crafts.
Stuck inside with your kids on a snowy day? Here are a few ideas for activities using supplies you probably already have around the house. Bring the outdoors in without the chill with these delicate, sparkling, and easy snowflake projects. In my house, glitter is considered a staple, but if you just ran out, don’t worry, you can still play in the snow! Glitter is, and this is very difficult for me to write, optional.
- snowflake patterns
- Ziploc bags
- markers and or glitter
- Hit the web and find free snowflake clip art and download your favorite snowflakes and print them in different sizes that match the size of your Ziploc bag.
- Cut paper so that snowflake fits neatly inside your Ziploc bag.
- Use your glue bottle like a pen and carefully trace the pattern on top of the baggie.
- Sprinkle with glitter and let dry completely. To speed things up, I will set it near the fireplace at a safe distance, or near a heating vent. Just be sure to keep it flat so the glue doesn’t run before it is set in the pattern you have traced. There are a lot new fun glue dispensers with small tips, but a regular bottle of glue works just fine too!
- The snowflake will peel easily off the bag and is ready to be admired.
Make the snowflake as directed with one extra step. Before tracing the snowflake with glue, take a marker, (not permanent) and trace the snowflake on top of the bag, then trace with glue. The glue will absorb the color of the marker and create a lovely blue, pink, green, or purple, display.
I perfected this technique in the third grade, using my markers to color the back of my ruler and squeeze out the glue in the shape of a bookmark, which, of course I sold for 25 cents. I even took custom orders.
- Hold the snowflake flat against window, using the palm of your hand to keep it warm and pliable. *If windows are very cold, the snowflake may not stick unless you warm it with your hand while pressing against glass, also if it is frozen to the window, it will break when you try to remove it.
- A safer spot for your lovely snowflakes might be a mirror in the hall or bathroom.
Have fun and stay warm!