Turn excess cardboard boxes and yarn into stylish snowflake ornaments! This therapeutic activity is excellent for beginners and seasoned crafters to create simple yet interesting snowflake patterns. Experiment with different colors, textures, and thicknesses of yarn to create an assortment of snowflakes.
- Yarn Needle
- Round Template
- Single Hole Punch
Step 1: Trace a circular template or object with a pencil onto a piece of cardboard.
Step 2: Cut out the traced circles with heavy-duty scissors that can easily cut through the cardboard.
Step 3: Cut eight shallow slits around the edge of the circle, equal lengths apart from each other.
Step 4: Punch a hole between each of the slits.
Step 5: Place one end of the yarn in a slit starting from the back and pulling towards the front. Pull the yarn across the top and into the slit on the opposite end. Wrap the yarn once more through these two slits.
Step 6: Repeat this double-wrap process in the next slit and continue around until all slits are wrapped with yarn.
Step 7: Trim the yarn and tie a knot to secure it.
Step 8: Thread a length of yarn through a yarn needle. Place the end of the yarn in one of the slits.
Step 9: Using the yarn needle and going from front to back, thread the yarn through one of the punched holes. Place the yarn through the adjacent slit, going from back to front. Then, thread the yarn through the next punched hole, going from front to back. Continue clockwise until all holes are threaded.
Step 10: Once all holes have been threaded, change the direction to counterclockwise and repeat the punched hole and slit threading process.
Step 11: When the snowflake pattern is complete, cut the yarn and tie a loop to hang.
Ideas to take your laced snowflakes to the next level:
- Experiment with a variety of yarn colors, textures, and thicknesses.
- Incorporate other materials such as ribbons, beads, and paint.
- String ten to twelve mini snowflakes together to make a snowflake garland.
Learning and Discussion Questions:
A. Have you ever wondered about the science behind a snowflake? Read this brief article by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization to learn about the patterns of ice crystals.
Challenges and Solutions:
B. Did you encounter any challenges while creating your laced snowflake? How did you overcome them?
C. What techniques or strategies did you find most helpful during the process?
Creativity and Individuality:
D. In what ways did you personalize your laced snowflake to make it uniquely yours?
E. How does your creation express your unique style and personality?
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