Make twig snowflakes with the kids! It's a simple craft (although better for older, more responsible children because a hot glue gun is needed) and it is a great excuse to get the kids out for a walk on a winter's day, when they otherwise might not be interested - to collect the twigs needed. And they look really lovely, too. Hang them up with fishing line or dental floss, and dress them up with ribbons and glitter if you want a different effect. But we like the natural look, with perhaps a touch of white glitter on the ends.
You will need:
- Dry straight twigs
- Hot glue (use with care)
- Break or cut six lengths of twigs to roughly the same length.
- Glue two together at one end, at about a 60 degree angle.
- When they hold firm, glue on another at the same point so the newest twig is at about a 60 degree angle to the last twig.
- Repeat until you have a six point star.
- Add a blob of glue to the centre to secure the join.
- Take shorter twigs and glue them to the points to form a snowflake pattern.
Leave the snowflake for a while to make sure the glue has set completely before you hang your snowflake up.