Let it snow! It may be the day after Christmas, but we have MANY weeks ahead of us of snow-filled activities as December starts to wind down and 2014 is on the horizon. If you find yourself a bit blue when putting away those holiday decorations, it's time for you and your children to make some winter-approved garland to hang on Jan. 1. Medium Pure White Snowflake Cards by Paper Source have endless crafting possibilities with each pack; this week, we're putting our favorite collection of watercolor paints to work with the cards and creating a frost-friendly strand of winter garland.
| 1. Start out by preparing your work surface. While this great tablet of watercolor paints from Crayola is washable, it's best to keep the mess to a minimum if you can. I love this larger offering from Crayola – look at all those colors!|| |
| 2. From your package of snowflakes, set aside five to be painted and five to remain plain white.|| |
| 3. Have your children paint the snowflakes with their favorite watercolor shades. We liked blues, grays and purples paired together for our strand. Not every snowflake is painted perfectly – and that's OK. In fact, it's preferred! Let the paint dry completely.|| |
| 4. With your hole puncher (this small Martha Stewart punch is still a favorite for projects like this), punch out a dozen circles. These will be added to space out the garland.|| |
| 5. To put the garland together, start by sewing a straight line across one of your circles. As you reach the end of the circle, feed a plain snowflake through the sewing machine. Once that has gone through, add a watercolor snowflake. Repeat this pattern until you've used all of your snowflakes.|| |
| 6. If you don't want to sew the garland together, use a hole puncher and punch a hole in either side of your circles and snowflakes. Using a lightweight string, add your paper elements to the strand by threading them along the string for a no-sew method.|| |