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.
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.
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.
Lay 2 white pipe cleaners in a T shape and twist them together.
Add a red pipe cleaner and twist.
Now for the last red and twist again.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
I used all red pipe cleaners and cut them in different length. Then added cut pieces of straw to each and twisted the ends.
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.