Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas/Winter Craft--Toilet Paper Roll Snowflake

I've mentioned our snowflake project a few places and figured it was time to share it on my own blog!

Before I start, I've got to tell something funny.  It looks like we're going to have a brown Christmas in our area.  Yesterday while watching the weather, mija got a pensive look and said, "Someone must have used their birthday wish wrong.  They must have wished for no snow for Christmas!"  Who knew?  I verified that it wasn't me.  Are you the guilty party?  ;-)

Now, on to the snowflake.  Here's what the finished TP roll snowflakes look like.

  1. Save TP rolls. (Duh!)
  2. Cut them into 1/2 inch sections.  If they flatten out as you cut them, that's fine since you're going to do that anyway.
  3. We painted them white and immediately rolled them in glitter.  We set them on wax paper to dry.  We used white tempera paint which doesn't cover that great, but I'm glad I did since it's washable.  You could use regular craft paint if you wanted a more "professional" looking paint job.
  4. Some people staple together.  We chose to glue together using a tacky glue.  We were originally going to use six segments since snowflakes have six sides, but, five segments looked and fit together better.

       5.  We cut a piece of silver ribbon to tie around one loop and Eureka!    Snow!

It did take a few days to complete the whole project because you had to make sure the paint was dry and then you had to make sure the glue was dry.
You could also paint them red to make poinsettias.  They could be painted green with three segments glued to make holly leaves. OR you could make sunflowers some other time of the year by painting them yellow and gluing some sunflower seeds in the middle.  You can also make them bigger by continuing to glue segments around.  I'm sure the ideas are endless!
Mija is giving them out as Christmas gifts, but again, this would be a fun project for winter in general.  Let me know if you come up with any more ideas!!

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Our Side of the Mountain said...

What a GREAT idea! I always love crafting when it using something we would simply throw away! (And who doesn't have TP rolls! LOL) Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from HHH!

Betsy Price said...

Thanks for stopping by! Glad you liked it.

Christine Cline said...

This is so me! I pinned it, guess what we are doing next year!!!

Betsy Price said...

Well, don't forget. Snow makes fun January and February activities, too!
Thanks for stopping by.

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