I’m not going to lie….yesterday was not one of my better days. I made a really dumb mistake on yesterday’s blog post that I was kicking myself for…….I was feeling pretty worn out from having been to San Francisco and back in 48 hours…….and then upon my return home I learned about the tragedy in Connecticut.
All those things combined with the typical “10 days until Christmas stress” made me feel like not doing much of anything! So what did I do??? I crafted!
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I have always found that doing a simple craft soothes my soul. And this one was no exception. As I folded and cut and created…I found the worry and stress I was feeling melt away. Which I felt was a fitting metaphor since I was making snowflakes. :-)
I made some snowflakes last year out of plain white paper and used them as Christmas present embellishments…but this year I decided to kick things up a notch and make them out of doilies. Since doilies are already perfectly shaped and delicately detailed…a few simple snips with the scissors and you have an intricate and beautiful snowflake. After realizing how easy (and satisfying!) these were to make I decided to try fashioning a couple of snowflake garlands to hang around the house for my Christmas party this Friday. It really was so simple to make and looked so lovely….I plan on making several more this week. :-)
Here is a rundown of how I created my snowflake garlands.
I bought two sizes of doilies at my local Walmart. They were in the wedding cake decorating section. When I went to make them into a garland, I just alternated the sizes.
First thing you have to do is FOLD the doilies. The method I used makes a 6-point snowflake:
After I had made a good number of both sizes of snowflakes, I ironed them using my stream iron with the STEAM TURNED OFF and on the lowest temperature setting. After they are nicely pressed, lay them out in a row on your table or on the counter, lay a length of fishing line over the top, and tape it onto each snowflake using invisible Scotch tape. At first I tried “stringing” the snowflakes on the fishing line, but quickly realized that taping was MUCH EASIER and kept them all nicely spaced. And you don’t see it at all!
I ended up making two swags that I draped across the front of our entertainment center…and one smaller one for one window in the same room. But like I said, I plan on making before my Christmas party. I love how they look festive and elegant at the same time. :-)
Have you started feeling the pressure of Christmas being 10 days away? I highly suggest getting out your scissors and making of few of these. :-)