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Jan 20, 2011

{Valentine Snowflake Garland}


I've always wanted to make snowflakes out of coffee filters, so today I decided to make heart-cut VALENTINE SNOWFLAKES!

I love how they turned out and I want to share the tutorial with you.

Coffee filters are the perfect medium for making snowflakes; they are perfectly sized, already cut round and thin enough to cut many layers at once.

You can make these snowflakes faster than it will take you to read this post!

I'm including a step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make these 6-point snowflakes (which in my opinion are MUCH cuter than the typical square snowflakes).

This tutorial should be self-explanatory.  Just enlarge the photos, if needed, for more details.


Step #6 is to show you where to make the cuts. 
The blue-inked portions are the parts that will be cut off completely. 
The remaining white portions will be the snowflake.

You are basically cutting two half-hearts and rounding off the point.


Once you have finished step #10 (the end of the cutting), carefully unfold the snowflake and flatten it as much as possible.

Then, glue your finished snowflake to some pretty patterned cardstock with a glue stick.
It's best to start glueing from the center, out.
That way, you can straighten and flatten as you go.

Make as many snowflakes as you want!  I wanted mine to span the width of a door frame, so I used 5 snowflakes, each with their own different patterned paper backing:
Next, punch two holes at the top of each snowflake and thread your ribbon through each one.

Space your strung snowflakes evenly along the ribbon and hang your finished garland anywhere you need some colorful Valentine love!



Enjoy!

-Annie

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40 comments:

Malory said...

This is super cute, and would be great to make with kids!

Love your pictures!

Malory

http://snips-and-spice.blogspot.com/

Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) said...

This is such a sweet idea! And thanks for the great tutorial. Liked it so much, we've just shared it on our Bellenza Facebook page!

Clare G said...

I love coffee filters for crafting and I love snowflakes (paper ones anyway) so this was a great project. It turned out so cute!

jodi@Pleasant-Home said...

Adorable!

Jennifer said...

This is soooo stinkin' cute! =) What an awesome little craft! love it <3

Thanks for finding me in blog-land! can't wait to read more -- you totally had me hooked with those purple mints! haha

xoxox
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

thecraftyscientist.com said...

This is so cute! I really want to make one now (as soon as I get my own crop-a-dile/eyelet setter)! Saw it on House of Hepworths link party and had to comment!

greenbean said...

these are lovely!...

Melissa said...

Very cute! Thanks for sharing!
Melissa

Krystal said...

So cute! I'm featuring this on my blog today if you want to check it out. Thanks!
sassysanctuary.blogspot.com

Kara said...

LOving your blog ladies!!! Found you on Ucreate (such an honor, by the way, CONGRATS on that feature!). I would love to invite you over to my blog, Mine for the Making. I am currently looking for guest bloggers to share a tutorial or recipe with MFTM readers. If you are interested, please send me an email. I would LOVE to feature your blog!

Kara
mineforthemaking(at)gmail(dot)com
www.mineforthemaking.com

Sandra said...

Nice to meet you girls! I'm Sandra from Brazil.

Susan...myhomeroad.blogspot.com said...

Really nice Peppermint Plum! Glad to know your site!
Susan
myhomeroad.blogspot.com

Terry said...

Your heart snowflakes are so cute! I love how you made them into a banner!

Katie said...

How cute! My daughter would love a banner like that in her room!
It's my first visit to your blog, I love your style, and the fact that you know the correct spelling and how to use the word voila! That.Is.Awesome.

Tanya said...

I'm going to try this soon. Very cute, and I have a million and one coffee filters on hand :) I'm a new follower from UCREATE. Love your blog.
~Tanya@ http://www.johnsonfamily23.blogspot.com

Nicole Love said...

All of your creations are supper cute! I love your blog!!!

Nicole@CraftySisters-nc said...

Saw this cute banner over at Sassy Sanctuary and just loved it! What a great idea! Welcome to blogging I'm so excited to see what you two fun sisters come up with! Best of luck!:)

Sachiko said...

What a fun idea! Thank you for sharing your creation with us!

nikkijoy said...

VERY cute. I'm throwing a little cake party next weekend and these would make just perfect decorations! =) x

Seven Sisters said...

we are lovin' this!!
7sisters

Emily said...

OMG these are cute. I just made these with my kids. They were in the Family Fun magazine. My daughter had trouble with them, lol. She's small yet. They're really fun and easy to make. I love them. Great idea for sharing ;)

Amanda said...

Just dropping by to let you know that I linked to this post in a round up today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) You can see the feature here
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/9-more-valentine-projects/

If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

laura.kathryn said...

This is very cute! I'll be making some of my own for sure!

Lesley said...

Fabulous! I can't wait to make some of these lovelies with my daughter!

Trinity Whitley said...

Here's my version of the garland http://wolfpackwhitley.blogspot.com/2011/01/valentine-mantel.html

Thanks for the tutorial! Loved making it myself.

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

Super cute! I'm the worst snowflake maker ever...but I'll try again with your great tutorial!

Glad I found your blog!

Tracie said...

What a fantastic idea for the upcoming holiday and a very affordable craft for the kids to jump in and help with.

I have linked to your blog post at my own craft links blog below, thanks for the lovely idea.

http://craftylinks.blogspot.com/2011/01/coffee-filter-snowflake-valentines.html

Alison said...

I featured this fun project today on my blog:

http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2011/01/wednesdays-wowzers-just-in-time.html

Thanks so much!!
~Alison

Kristi said...

That is absolutely adorable

Melanie Reller said...

I just made some!! So cute! :-)

JHill said...

So cute! I am thinking about doing a Winter/Christmas theme for my son's birthday in Decemeber (I'm a planner :P), so I bookmarked this post. Off to peruse your other posts!

Rebecca Little said...

Thank for inspiring me. I can't cut my way out of a paper bag, but will try this will my girls.

Anna M. said...

What a great idea. And so cute too.

Tracy said...

The garland you made is so beautiful and was the inspiration for a craft I did with our Pre-K through 2nd grade homeschool group. When I tried to cut out the garland myself I realized that it would be too difficult for little hands so I simplified your idea alot. Thanks for the idea! Here is my post if you want to check it out: http://asliceofsmithlife.blogspot.com/2011/02/we-heart-jesus-and-valentine-crafts.html

Thanks!
Tracy at "A Slice of Smith Life"

Toddler Approved said...

so beautiful!!

rebecca said...

so sweet! :) so glad I found your cute blog. Rebecca

megan said...

though I live in a hot country, I love these.

Jenny said...

I just used your idea in my classroom recently. I asked my students to make three of these and we glued them to papers in shades of blue. On the back of each paper, I asked them to write a poem about snow and/or winter using 3 of the various types of poetry we've studied so far this year. I connected them with string and they are hanging from the classroom ceiling twirling gently above us like a mobile. So cute!

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Gorgeous!

Tami said...

Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:
http://funfamilycrafts.com/valentine-snowflake/

If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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