Ahhhh, winter time. It’s the time of year when we are torn between hibernating and tackling stuff like crazy. I’m also always torn between decorating for Valentine’s Day or decorating with snowflakes. I guess both would be cute together, but after the décor-overload of Christmas, I like to take a break from holiday décor.
We usually go through about 3-4 cartons of eggs a week and I was looking at our stack of egg cartons wanting to make something out of them. And then it hit me – snowflakes!
They were super easy to make, free, and the kids (mine are 3.5 and 2.5) were able to help. Plus you’re recycling and repurposing, so you can use this craft as a little lesson too. :)
Here’s what you’ll need: cardboard egg cartons, scissors, and hands. Big hands, little kid hands, it doesn’t matter. Maybe not puppy hands, but I digress…
Cut the bottom of the egg carton so you are left with the little cups, the part that actually holds the egg.
Cut slits all around the cup like this:
Next comes the fun part! Put the cup with slits down on a sturdy table, make your hand flat, and BAM! Hit the cup with your hand, whack a mole style:
This is the part that your kids can help with, and when they’re done you can decorate them, or shape the snowflakes back into cups and smash them into snowflakes again. And again and again and again. :)
Here’s a video of the smash action:
You could take the snowflakes and paint them, add glitter, sequins, all of that fun stuff! I loved the look of the plain cardboard and decided not paint them. I hot glued the flakes onto hemp twine and made a garland:
these would be great to stick on the walls, on a wreath, make a mobile – whatever!
and they’re free. You can’t beat that ;)
Do you decorate for winter, for Valentine’s Day, or do you enjoy having nothing up?
I did want to add that the past few weeks I’ve felt as if I needed a bit of a creative break and to focus on family. It wasn’t planned, but it happened and It felt good, and I feel recharged. :) I needed to stop talking about doing, and actually, ya know, DO! We started painting our dark wood trim white (more on that tomorrow!!), I have a few projects in the works including my “mom cave”, and I’m starting to plan this year’s 40 bags in 40 days decluttering challenge.