Cheri Peoples


Red and White Striped Paper Straw Snowflakes

by CHERI on December 22, 2011

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I know I am not the first to make these–Censational Girl gave a great tutorial of her snowflake. I did a little different TWIST to mine. I alternated the red and white pipe cleaners.

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I used red craft beads, clear beads that look like a flower or snowflake and snowflake sequins –all were from Darice. I got them all at my local craft store.

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I grabbed a package of red pipe cleaners and a package of white pipe cleaners.
I had purchased the red and white paper straws so the kids would have fun straws for Christmas.

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 I got 2 boxes so we would have enough for some fun projects too. I ordered my straws from Sur La Table. It was the best deal that I found. I would love to try some of the other colors too. What a fun addition to a birthday party for the kids.  (Sweet Shop Lulu has polka dot ones too.  –I think a combination of the stripes and polka dots would be so fun at a birthday party.)

I cut the straws into fourths (otherwise you will have a huge snowflake).  The big ones would be cute hanging on a mantle but they are just too big for a tree unless you have a tree with all OVER-SIZED ornaments.

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Lay 2 white pipe cleaners in a T shape and twist them together.

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Add a red pipe cleaner and twist.

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Now for the last red and twist again.

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I left my pipe cleaners long and added my cut straw pieces onto each pipe cleaner.  Once everything is done you can trim the long pipe cleaners.

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Cut some shorter pieces of pipe cleaner and twist it on to the pipe cleaner at the end of the straw piece to make your extra snowflake extensions.

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I then added the beads and  twisted the ends of the pipe cleaners with my scissors–so the wire wasn’t sticking out. For the “top” one I made a little loop with the pipe cleaner to attach a Christmas hook to it and hung them on the tree.

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I need to stop and get some cute ribbon to tie a bow to the top to cover up my loop.

Hot glued the snowflake sequin in the middle and added a red bead on top (with more hot glue).

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I am making 4 more so each of the kids will get one some day when they get married. My kids will have a huge supply of ornaments when they start their new lives some day. I guess that means I will have to add a bunch more.

While I was making the snowflakes I made a star bust ornament too:

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I used all red pipe cleaners and cut them in different length.  Then added cut pieces of straw to each and twisted the ends.

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Head over to the DIY Club to see my weathered “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” project. The letters are not vinyl and I did not paint them on–check it out.

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1 cassie December 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

these turned out so cute! i love the red and white stars!

2 Jewel December 23, 2011 at 4:04 am

Love these, such an original idea.

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