It's that time of the year when the weather doesn't always cooperate for being outside for hours. As we snuggle in and try to keep warm, we love to sit and listen to books on Audible (Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks). Some of us have an easier time sitting still than others. When I find a wiggly kid, I love to give them something to keep their hands busy while they listen. It's amazing what they take in when you think they're totally distracted. This snowflake craft is simple and fun for all ages. The best part is that it keeps little hands busy with making something beautiful instead of mischief.
Supplies for Your Yarn Snowflake
This craft takes very few supplies, and you can get as creative as you like with it. Here's what we used:
- 3 - 18" dowel rods (the small one was 9" dowel rods)
- Glue gun & glue sticks
- Yarn in a variety of colors
- Optional: Toothpicks for adding designs to your snowflake
Making a Snowflake With Yarn
This project was inspired by these beautiful present toppers. My daughter wanted to see if she could make a snowflake with the dowels instead of a diamond.
Step 1: Prepare Your Base
She measured the center of the dowel rods, added a touch of hot glue, and put the three dowels together.
Step 2: Build Your Center
This craft is traditionally known as a "God's Eye" because it can look like an eye in the center of the design. After you tie your yarn to the middle, you wrap the yarn around each dowel until you build the center as big as you like.
I think the best part of this craft is the experimentation with design! Different yarns create unique effects. Keep playing with it until you find a pattern that you like.
Step 3: Build Your Snowflake
After you have your center defined, keep working around your snowflake base with different color yarns. I love how one daughter went up and down each dowel to give her snowflake an airy look, and the other kept her design simple with just two colors.
They both turned out beautifully! Hang them in a window, or prop them on your mantel to bring some cheery winter decor to those dreary winter days.