My son loves “sprinkles” also known as glitter, and I love them when they are being used correctly. The other day it was “snowing” in our kitchen aka my son was dumping large quantities of glitter on the floor while running away from me. I haven’t been able to completely de-glitter my kitchen since so I thought what the heck it’s already a mess let’s make these snowflakes. I love using cupcake liners for snowflake crafts because for the life of me I can’t make pretty circle snowflakes any other way. This is a great winter craft but you can also use clothes pins between the snowflakes to clip holiday card on!
- Gather your materials. You will need some cupcake liners, scissors, blue ribbon, glue, glitter and a good dustbuster.
- Start by folding your liners into triangles.
- Make cuts into them to make snowflakes. My son got the hang of this after a few tries, one liner he simply demolished but he made 3 really cool ones, I made the rest.
- Lay your snowflakes out and add glue.
- Add your glitter. I love the flexible plastic place mats I have for this because I can bed them and pour the extra glitter back into the jar easy peasy.
- Let dry .
- Thread your ribbon through the cuts. The paper is so light that they will stay in place on your ribbon without slipping.
- Thread the rest of the snowflakes on and hang up!
Un-Brella by Scott Franson is such a cool book. There is not a single line of text in the book , and it’s not missing a thing! The illustrations are so vivid, so layered and tell the story perfectly. A little girl has a magical umbrella that brings sun on a snowy day and snow when her yard is green and sunny. My 2 year old was beside himself laughing and saying “No no” to the little girl wearing her swim suit in the snow. Grab this book and enjoy!
Stella, Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay is my kind of book. If I were to quote all my favorite bits of this book I would write out most of it. I just love the writing, it’s simple but doesn’t talk down to the reader. The characters are sweet but not saccharine and I love how inquisitive Sam is . Stella is a know it all but not bratty about it at all! Sam has never seen snow before and Stella tells him all about it as they explore the first snow fall of the year.
- Gather your materials. You will need some cupcake liners, I am using 2 sizes in both white and silver foil. Crayons- blue and silver, glue, sparkles , ribbon , clothes pins and a hot glue gun.
- Have your child draw on the white cupcake liners. My son said to me when he started “Lippy Lippy” which translates to his liner was slipping, if you have a really little guy tape it down with painters tape to keep it from “Lipping”.
- Next fold the liner into a triangle and make small cuts to make a snowflake. Older children can do this , but you will need sharp scissors so a parent should do this step for preschoolers .
- Next grab the glue, my son was very pleased to have full control of the glue .
- Sparkles! I like to use a paper plate to sorta keep him contained. It worked reasonably well too.
- For the foil liners we skipped drawing on them and just turned them into snowflakes added glue and of course added sparkles.
- Let your snowflakes dry. For reference my son colored all the white liners and added the sparkles to 5 or 6. Don’t expect toddlers to do this whole craft, if they do it’s a bonus but it’s too long for most.
- If you don’t need a card holder you can stop here and just have fun snowflakes to decorate your house! While the snowflakes dry add the clothes pins to the ribbon by hot gluing it to the underside. Alternate the direction the opening is in.
- Next add the snowflakes to the ribbon , I used hot glue .
10.Hang up and wait for all your cards in the mail !
“Snow Party” by Harriet Ziefert is a magical book that celebrates the biggest holiday for snow people, the winter solstice. I wish I had had access to this book when I was teaching because it’s a perfect way to read a story about celebrations without focusing on one tradition, or leaving out another. The illustrations are beautiful and the idea of snow people eating and dancing in the middle of the night is delicious!