Or flower. It could be a flower, right? If you’re not quite ready to think about the holidays, or the coming winter weather, you can think “flower” every time you read snowflake in this post!
Whichever way you go, this is a sweet little craft that even a beginner can do in no time. I know that because this is my first attempt, and I did it absentmindedly while watching TV with the hubby. Basically paper quilling involves using simple tools to roll and shape paper into elaborate designs. Quilling enthusiasts can create breathtaking works of art. But this little project is a super simple version that anyone can create the first time out.
The inspiration of course was my talented group of blogger friends participating in the #12MonthsofDIY challenge, where we’ve been exploring monthly crafting themes. You’ve seen my previous posts – DIY Ribbon Tassel Garland, DIY Frame Art With Free Printable, DIY Striped Carafe, and DIY Felt Notebook Covers. This month it’s all about paper. You can play along, too! Just post your own paper craft on Instagram, follow all the members of our group, and use the #NovemberPaper hashtag. Your project might be chosen at the end of the month as our favourite, and shared on all our Instagram accounts!
This is an easy paper project to start with. All I did was roll 1 cm strips of paper around a tiny paint brush, and glue the ends. Before I glued the ends I tried to form the rolls into similar sized circles. For the heart shaped pieces, I just folded each strip in half and then rolled the ends inward. All that was left was to arrange the shapes into something pretty and glue to a sheet of paper, and voilà – snowflake! Or flower ;).
What to do with my sweet little snowflake? It would make a pretty ornament, but my tree is packed with ornaments collected over the years. In keeping with my new Marie Kondo-inspired crafting decision to make only things that I can put to good use, I decided instead to create a little piece of decorative art to add a holiday touch to one of my side tables. Just to sprinkle a bit of holiday cheer into a quiet corner!
This snowflake probably would work best in a shadow box, but I already had a lovely frame I wanted to put to use. I know Marie Kondo would agree! The design is 3-D, but that doesn’t matter, don’t you think? I just inserted the snowflake first with the glass behind and it worked out just fine. And I can easily change it up when the season’s over.
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY PAPER project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.
From the top left, they are: