Artful snowflake crafts keep the focus on the simple pleasures of the Holiday season.
You know the old saying, “less is more.” What could be more beautiful than simple decorations for a setting that is unassuming, honest, welcoming and warm? And what could be simpler than a snowflake? It’s an image that let’s us travel to the days of our Christmas youth and all the years in between.
Here are a few ideas that I have for you to bring the snowflake into your Holiday decorations by painting them on fabrics and much more!
By the way, did you know that snowflakes are always in the six sided shape of a hexagon? Well, if you are looking for a pattern to fold a piece of paper so that you can make paper snowflakes, here is the one I created. Just click to download the Snowflake Fold Template. This pattern will be the start of many great snowflake crafts and it’s free.
To make cutout paper snowflakes, fold the paper for a six sided snowflake (using the template above). Cut away a few pieces of the paper. Unfold carefully and flatten. Now you have a snowflake cutout design. To make a stencil, place the cutout on a full sheet of paper (or stencil film if you want a permanent stencil for multiple uses). Trace around all the edges and then cut out with a craft knife. Now you have one cutout and one stencil. You’re ready to start creating some fabulous crafts with these simple designs.
Don’t forget that you can put the designs on a copy machine and reduce or enlarge the size to fit your project size.
Set a unique and festive Holiday table this year by decorating cloth napkins. I found a great pack of colorful cotton napkins at a discount department store and painted a small snowflake in the corner. When the napkin is folded or strung through a napkin ring, the snowflake is the centerpiece. Make sure to find a napkin that is made from a smooth fabric that does not have a texture to it. You can find fabric paints at your local crafts supply store. When applying paint to the napkin through the stencil use an up and down, dabbing motion to apply paint to the fabric. A back and forth motion with the brush will push paint under the stencil and smear your image. Use a brush made for stenciling. Foam brushes work well too. Keep the brush on the dry side. A brush loaded with too much paint can cause paint to seep under the stencil. Heavier color is achieved by applying several light layers of color with drying time in between.
Along with the “less is more” theme, I tied my napkins with a thin rope chord and glued a couple of wooden Christmas trinkets to each end instead of using a fancy napkin ring.
I mentioned that you can find fabric paints at your local craft supply store, but if you are not able to find these, regular acrylics work well too. However, they may not wash as well and tend to be a little stiffer when dry.
Good golly – let’s get jolly! Do you like to wear your Christmas spirit? Then paint some snowflakes on a t-shirt or sweatshirt. Maybe you know someone who likes to wear Christmas art. Then make a wearable gift for them. Paint several snowflakes across the front. Use a different color for each and then top it off with some spray glitter. There is so much you can do with simple snowflake crafts.
Have you seen those nice cloth or velvet wine bags at the discount stores? If you find some plain ones they are great for enhancing with stenciled snowflakes. Just secure your stencils in place and tap on a little paint. The one in the picture above is red and green velvet with a gold cord and tassel. So I painted my snowflake designs in gold paint and then used a light coat of gold spray glitter. Slide the bag over a nice bottle of wine and you have a fine gift for even the hardest to please.
Stencil a snowflake on the corner of a nice linen handkerchief. You can give it as the gift itself or wrap a treasure inside. I like to hang them over the side of a basket and fill the basket up with goodies like the one pictured above which is overflowing with red and green apples. I like to browse the flea markets and thrift stores to find vintage hankies. They lend an old world feel to your snowflake crafts.
Do you need more information about stenciling on fabrics? Don’t worry! We have the how to instructions for you at Fabric Stenciling. It’s really quit easy.
You’re not stressing over a gift list are you? Don’t worry! I have some great ideas for creating unique gifts with snowflake designs. It’s easy to make gifts that you can tailor make to fit the interests of your friends or family. And you may just find that you save a little money too. Need I mention the fun you’ll have designing and creating all those gifts with snowflake crafts?
Here's one more snowflake crafts project. If you are looking for an easy and elegant centerpiece for your Holiday table, I have just the thing. A 3-D Snowflake Centerpiece! I’ll show you how to use simple
snowflake patterns to create an arrangement that you can be proud.
In an effort to bring you a complete solution for all of your stenciling needs, we now have a catalog for you to browse a large variety of designs that you can open at your computer and print or save. Just check out our Stencils Catalog for your next project.
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Well, I know you're ready to get started on some snowflake crafts. I hope this information inspired you to create some wonderful Christmas art!
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If you love making things then Christmas is the very best time of year. This site has so many ideas that I wanted to put all the links to Christmas Crafts at your fingertips - after all, time is of the essence this time of year! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Angel Stencil - Free Angel Stencils.
Christmas Art Activities - Decorate Ornaments with Stencils.
Christmas Art Craft - Find great ideas for making Tree Skirts with Stencils.
Christmas Art Ideas - Watch a Video for more Christmas Craft Ideas.
Christmas Art Prints - Find a new way to use Holiday Decorations.
Christmas Art Projects - Watch a video about using Stencils to create in different ways other than with paint.
Christmas Card Templates
Christmas Arts and Crafts - Make a beautiful candle holder with Stencils.
Christmas Card Ideas
Christmas Craft Activities - Use Stencils to make unique Stockings to hang by the fire.
Christmas Craft Ideas - Decorate Gift Bags.
Christmas Craft Patterns
Christmas Projects - Decorate unique Gift Tags.
Christmas Tree Stencils
Free Christmas Stencils
Gingerbread Man Stencil - Ideas and a Free Stencil.
Holiday Crafts - Here is the place for all your Holiday Crafts.
Holiday Stencil - Watch a Video with a unique way of using Stencils for Holiday Decorations.
Homemade Christmas Crafts - See how to use Stencils to embellish cloth napkins.
Make a Snowflake
Printable Christmas Stencils
Snowflake Crafts - Gift and Decoration Ideas with Artful Snowflakes.
Snowflake Designs - Here is where you'll see how to put your Snowflake Designs to use making unique gifts.
Snowflake Patterns - Make 3-D Snowflake Decorations.
Well, I hope you enjoyed all the Christmas Crafts and please come back year round for many other decorating ideas with Stencils!
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