Friday, December 12, 2008

How to Make Snowflake Ornaments

Last year I made some snowflake ornaments that have held up pretty darn well for paper snowflakes, so I thought I'd tell you about them. I made mine out of maps, just because I love maps and I have saved a ton of them from National Geographic Magazine. You could also use sheet music, old book pages, or pretty scrapbook paper. Personally, I love using things that usually get thrown away and this is a great way to use books or maps that are in very bad shape...just pick the good parts out and use them.

You fold the paper in the usual manner and make your paper snowflake. There is a great tutorial here if you don't remember how. Then iron your snowflake to get it nice and flat. Lay it on a piece of felt that you've trimmed to about the right size.

Then go to your sewing machine and stitch around the edges of the snowflake, holding it flat as you go. You could use some wonder under to hold it, but I didn't. You just can't pin it because, obviously, you'd end up with holes in your paper. I put blue thread in my machine to match the map, and white thread in the bobbin to match the felt. Hand stitching with embroidery floss would also be cute...kind of a primitive look.

After you have your paper snowflake stitched down take a sharp pair of scissors and snip out the openings in the felt and trim around the snowflake, leaving a small bit of white showing around each opening and around the edges. Add a floss loop at the top to hang it.

I wish I had some in process photos, but as you can see it's a pretty easy thing to make. Email me if you have any questions.


Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

What a WONDERFUL idea!!!! I remember making paper snowflakes as a child, but yours takes it a step further...I LOVE IT!

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bec4 said...

ooo, I love these! They would be great on packages. I hope to make some--I need more time!

Dot said...

Very pretty!

That would be a good way to use up scrapbooking know, for someone like me who never got around to scrapbooking. LOL Like I would get around to making the snowflakes. LOL

12 weeks at a time said...

What a great idea! I could see that same idea used with sheet music too. Hope your having a wonderful Christmas season, ps. I love your dog! Becky