Stars and Snowflakes

by Debbie Sullivan December 11, 2017 1 Comment

Stars and Snowflakes

We're right in the middle of the darkest time of the year here in Montreal, with the sun setting just after 4pm these days. Elizabeth and I have both been doing some decorative crafting lately, which helps to brighten things up as we prepare for the holidays and anxiously await the solstice...

Starry Dream crocheted ornaments

I've been working on some crocheted Starry Dream hanging ornaments, from a pattern I found through the Indie Design Gift-along on Ravelry. These use an overlay crochet technique that I haven't done much before, but once I got the hang of it they were super fun to work up. I'm using some leftover scraps from our Elora mini-skein sets, and I'm hoping to have time to crochet a few more in different colour combinations. 

Elizabeth has been working on some more kid-friendly decorating projects with her son this year. They've got some paper stars on the go, and various shapes and sizes of paper snowflakes. 

Origami stars

She used these instructions for the origami stars on the left, and suggested this tutorial for the 3-dimensional paper snowflake on the right. She says these ones look especially nice with origami paper that's patterned on both sides, and are a great project for kids because they'll still look beautiful even if the cuts aren't perfectly straight or even. 

Cut paper snowflakes

We used to make cut paper snowflakes all the time as kids, but Elizabeth has taken them one step further this year. She's been ironing them flat and stiffening them using this recipe. She irons them on a low setting both before and after stiffening them, and her favourite tip is that the more paper you cut away, the more delicate your snowflake will be. 

Once they're stiffened, paper snowflakes are incredibly versatile decorations, for hanging on your tree, in the window or elsewhere. This morning's project was snowflake Christmas cards, and who knows what will be next! You can find the basics of snowflake folding and cutting here

Snowflake Christmas cards

Do you have any favourite homemade decorations that are brightening up your holiday season this year? 





Debbie Sullivan
Debbie Sullivan

Author


1 Response

Lucie
Lucie

December 13, 2017

I might have a go at the origami (5 points star), Good idea for kids artcraft.

Leave a comment


Also in News

How to make quick and easy fabric gift bags
How to make quick and easy fabric gift bags

by Debbie Sullivan December 19, 2017

Several years ago, I decided that it was time for me to stop using wrapping paper for my Christmas gifts. We usually celebrate as a family at my parents' place, and wrapping paper isn't recyclable in their municipality - in fact it's not recyclable in many places, and it's not a good idea to burn it in the wood stove either, due to its high ink content. We would often end up with several bags full of paper by the time we were done our unwrapping, and most of it would eventually wind up at the local dump.

View full article →

Happy Birthday to Us!
Happy Birthday to Us!

by Debbie Sullivan November 16, 2017 2 Comments

Elizabeth and I have shared our partnership running Sweet Paprika for over 10 years now, but we've been sharing many other things in life for much longer than that - including birthday celebrations!

With my birthday falling on the 16th of November and Elizabeth's on the 22nd, we often had shared parties and celebrated our birthdays together. In fact, our younger sister Margaret was also born on November 16th, so the third week in November has been "Birthday Week" for us as long as I can remember. 

View full article →

Socktober (or Sicktober...)
Socktober (or Sicktober...)

by Debbie Sullivan October 26, 2017

This year Elizabeth and I wanted to create some fun plans for Socktober, a month-long celebration of sock-knitting! We had things all lined up for a sock-focused knit-along among other things, but just as we were getting ready to launch I got really, really sick. Elizabeth stepped in and helped me out with trying to get things organized (even though she's supposed to be on maternity leave), and everything more-or-less went along the way we'd planned... except that I didn't get better - I got worse.

View full article →