I was born and raised in Australia – where it is regularly over 35˚C (95˚F) on Christmas day. Hot Christmases are completely normal for me... and yet, I love the winter wonderland theme at Christmas time. I guess I am not the only one – our shopping centres display fake snow at Christmas even though all the shoppers are wearing thongs and shorts!
With Christmas approaching I was inspired to make paper snowflakes with the kids. I followed the instructions from Bon Temps Beignet. She does a brilliant job of explaining how to get the folds right so I am not going to do that here. My advice is to spend 5-10 minutes of non-kid time to get the first snowflake right. Once you have mastered one, it is easy and you will blow your kids' minds with your snowflake prowess!
This is how our paper snowflake craft session unfolded:
I fold the paper, I cut the paper, I hand the paper over to the first child to unfold, child unfolds the paper to reveal a stunning paper snowflake, mouths drop open, eyes go wide, second child yells "I want one, I want one".... repeat.
I did have a roll of sticky tape nearby to fix any tears that were inflicted on the paper snowflakes during the 'unfolding'.
Eventually Cakey wanted to make them herself. I had a stack of very thin, green paper which I folded for her. She was able to cut out the patterns herself which meant Boo could monopolise my snowflake output. (Last year we made a simpler and technically inaccurate version of a snowflake).
After the snowflake craft was abandoned I was left with a bowl full of paper snowflakes. They were so pretty I tucked away my favourites and waited for inspiration. A few days later, a large roll of thick watercolour paper conked me on the head as it fell from a high shelf... it really did, honest. It gave me an idea – combine the snowflakes with the watercolour paper to make Christmas cards.
|Adding layers – snowflakes glued on and then stencilled with stamp pads|
That evening I glued the snowflakes onto the watercolour paper and left it to dry. I had watched a video clip of Julie Balzer make a lovely layered stencilled design so I thought we could attempt something similar. Cakey and I sat side by side and we stencilled patterns onto the paper with stamp pads and coloured ink. Cakey also added a few stamps of her own. They were blotchy and imperfect which suited us just fine.
|Watercolour wash over the top|
I spent an afternoon cutting up the large decorative piece of watercolour paper. I turned it into Christmas cards and lots of different sized present tags. Cakey sat beside me and rounded the corners with our new corner cutter. Unfortunately we lost a few good ones... Boo is currently going through a "let's cut up everything with my new scissor skills" phase so a few of the tags were chopped up into tiny pieces before I noticed.
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Linked to It's Playtime, The Kids Co-op, Kids Get Crafty, Holiday Fun, Tuesday Tots and Christmas Countdown
This is a gorgeous idea! Love it. Pinning it. Happy holidays.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much. Happy holidays to you too. :)Delete
This is stunning, Ali, and you're right that we were on the same page! I loved reading The story of how this unfolded. Isn't it crazy that you're celebrating winter wonderland in all that heat??ReplyDelete
So weird hey! I guess everyone loves snowflakes. Thanks for visiting.Delete
Beautiful creations Ali!ReplyDelete
Thank you SujaDelete
These are lovely, love that you took a kids craft and turned it into something really stunning. I took some potato printing we did and made it into cards, but the results are nowhere near as pretty as yours!ReplyDelete
They are a bit of them and a bit of me. I was going to wait and let the girls paint the watercolour washes but I was too excited and wanted to do it myself. Thanks so much for stopping by :)Delete
These are amazing, I love love LOVE them!!!ReplyDelete
I love that you love them Aleacia. So glad to see you are back in the blogging world too.Delete
Those are beautiful! Great job!ReplyDelete
Thanks Juise. I hope you are going well.Delete
Oh how beautiful they turned out! I would love for you to add this to my weekly Mom's Library Link-Up along with any other of your great ideas. There's one going on now!ReplyDelete
Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk
Oh my goodness these look WONDERFUL!! I am so impressed. Gorgeous and off to pin.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!
These are just stunning Ali....you sell those beauties!! Would have been nice framed too i am sure! Glad you didn't 'lose' too many to over excited cutting skills!!ReplyDelete
Oh my Ali, they're lovely!ReplyDelete
I reckon air con in the shops during the summer is enough to warrant some snow flake action :) the whole snow thing works whilst your in the mall, not so much when getting in your stinking hot car parked out in the 35C heat! I love snow flakes and snow men, even if the weather is FAR from accommodating my winter loves! Your snow flakes are stunning and the cards look beautiful :)ReplyDelete
Thanks fo dropping by Amie. So true about the air con, it can make the heat outside so much worse.Delete
Homemade Christmas cards are so much more meaningful. Thanks for the tips - I'm sure my younger one will enjoy making these for his classmates.ReplyDelete
I hope they are a hit :)Delete
Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Tots! I am featuring your snowflake cards and tags on In Lieu of Preschool this week: http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/2012/11/christmas-crafts-on-tuesday-tots.html Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button! Off to pin now. Thanks again! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Genny, that is kind of you. :)Delete
OMG its stunning. what a fantastic ideaReplyDelete
Oh! This is really beautiful.ReplyDelete
Hi again...just wanted to let you know i am featuring this activity on my Kid's Co-Op post this week...thanks for linking up Ali xReplyDelete
Thanks so much Jode :)Delete
I love your snowflake cards, they are amazing! Thanks for sharing on the Kids Co-op, I am featuring them this week. I hope you stop by and link up again!ReplyDelete
Thanks Tammy, I really appreciate that.Delete
These cards are just lovely. Really impressive to see how the snowflakes worked their magic!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness these are GORGEOUS Ali!ReplyDelete
Just popping back to let you know I've featured these on my blog today as part of my Kids Co-op post. These are so beautiful.ReplyDelete
Thank you Ness, you are so sweet :)Delete
These are darling. Are you going to be making any Christmas ornaments? I'm having a Christmas Ornament Party on my blog and would love to have you link up. Or any of your followers. Best wishes, I'm following you on Facebook and Twitter. LindaReplyDelete
Yes we are I will come over and link up. Thanks so much for visiting.Delete
Love the snowflakes - they turned out awesome! As a fellow aussie i'm used to it feeling like an oven during Christmas time too. I did a version of snowflakes that is printed onto a tshirt. I've followed you via Bloglovin please check us out - Love Notes Restyle Studio <3ReplyDelete
great cards and tags!! i the pretty result.ReplyDelete
I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!
These are absolutely gorgeous!ReplyDelete