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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts: DIY Glitter Snowflakes


Hi!  Back again for December's installment of Kid's Crafts.  Today we're making glittery snowflake ornaments made from pasta.  Yes, you heard right.  Pasta.  


When you're working with kids, things can suddenly become the old clique', "A rolling stone . . .". This was the case for us, which means no full supply list photo.  I did grab a photo of what you'll need to grab to start off. The rest of the list can be gathered between drying sessions.

Supplies:

- strong craft glue (like Aleene's)
- paintbrushes
- waxed paper
- pasta in various shapes (we like wagon wheels but Ditalini, Gemelli, even mini-shells work too)
- Mod Podge 
- glitter in various shades
- ribbon (3 mm or 6 mm sizes)


Before gluing, play around with your snowflake design, mixing large and small pasta pieces.  You can't go wrong here as each and every snowflake is unique.  Then using a generous amount of craft glue and a paint brush, glue each piece of pasta together to form your snowflake.  While drying on the wax paper, you will want to rotate the snowflake to avoid sticking.


Once the glue has dried, paint with silver or white paint.  Spray paint will allow for a more complete painting (all those little openings) but since we're giving these as handmade gifts, I encourage the kids to paint theirs.  Make sure to get both sides, as well as the edges.


Once the paint has dried, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over the entire surface, and sprinkle on the glitter. Allow to dry for 10 minutes and then repeat on the other side.  Lightly dust with the glitter or for more shine, cake it on.


Lastly, thread a piece of ribbon through on of the larger holes and tie a knot.  


The boys can't wait to give these out to their grandparents and aunt and uncles and I have to say, I'm super excited that we made a few extras to put on our own tree.  
As always, I'm thrilled to be here. Until next month!


Hi there! I'm Stacey, and I blog over at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts. I'm a former elementary school teacher, Foreign Service wife, and mom to three very active boys. I have a passion for all things crafty. On my blog you'll find sewing tutorials and pattern reviews for boys, women, and home decor projects as well as crafts and activities to keep my boys busy.  I'm a fabric hoarding, coffee drinking, YA fiction addict who'd choose cheese over chocolate any time. I love making new friends so stop on by!

10 comments:

  1. I don't know if I've ever made pasta ornaments but I always love how they look. Pinning so I don't forget!

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    1. I have a feeling that there are many in your future Marissa. Such a great way to get kids involved in the tree decorations.

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  2. Wonderful project! Thanks for sharing. Makes me think of my first X-MAS tree oh so many years ago when I was so poor and had no money to decorate my tree with store bought ornies. A friend and I made about 200 macaroni angel ornaments for both our first Christmas tree after moving out of our parent's home. Those were the days!

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    1. It's always amazing to me, Jill that the one's we make ourselves last way longer than the store bought ornaments.

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  3. We absolutely love making pasta ornaments! These turned out so cute!

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  4. Thanks, Debra! Glad I'm not the only one.

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  5. I don't think I have ever heard of pasta ornaments before, but I love the idea! It looks so cute, and they are the kind of ornaments that you don't have to worry about your kids breaking. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hahaha! Which is so important in a house full of kids!

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  6. That's so cool those are made out of pasta! Great craft idea!

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