A GUIDE TO BRINGING A BIT OF WINTER CHEER INTO YOUR LIVING ROOM
or How To Make A Snowflake Mobile
- White paper (preferably from the recycling bin)
- Wooden embroidery hoop, or similar lightweight circle.
- Heavy thread
- Needle (optional)
- Cup hook (optional)
Step 1: Cut 16 paper snowflakes. Mine are different shapes and sizes, mostly cooked up as I was going along. A tutorial for folding and cutting paper snowflakes is available here. Cutting them out of the draft from your sister’s research paper? Totally optionally.
Step 2: Using the needle and heavy thread (I had some beige quilting thread on hand) string the snowflakes into groups of 2 or 3, knotting after each one to keep it in place. Mine run from about 20-25 inches long. One snowflake is so big that it gets a string all to itself and that works.
Step 3: Okay, now for the hoop part. Tie 3 25″ lengths of string at equal distances around the hoop. Tie the strings together at their opposite ends and hold it up, adjusting until the hoop hangs level. (Or level-ish. Mine tilts considerably.)
Step 4: Hang your new top piece up somewhere handy (I used a floor lamp – a tall child would probably work as well). Tie your snowflakes evenly around the hoop, using a double knot.
Step 5: Use a cup hook to hang up your pretty snowfall! There was a hole already in the ceiling in front of our big window, just waiting. How handy! Hang another strand of snowflakes from the hook, and voila! It’s snowing!