The Crayola product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack featured in this post have been provided by Crayola. All attempts at craftiness are my own!
Let me give a big old holiday shout out to the non-crafty mamas out there who are struggling to get through the crafting high season. I’m right there with you sisters, scissors in hands, glue in hair, and pipe cleaners wrapped around my finger, looking very VERY dazed and confused.
Crafting is seriously challenging for me. My mind just doesn’t work that way, folks! But I don’t want to assume that Darah feels exactly the same way (I know for a fact that she doesn’t) so I try to find the occasional crazy-easy crafting project for us to do together. I usually mess it up. She never minds. 🙂
So when Crayola reached out to me to see if I wanted to try out some of their products and come up with a holiday craft idea, I did two things.
1. I laughed for a really long time. It started out as a, “you must be kidding!” kind of laugh and then somehow devolved into a “run in the other direction because this lady is crazy” sort of laugh as I thought about all the great craft ideas I had swimming around in my head. And by “all” I actually mean NONE. I had NO IDEAS.
2. I said yes to the opportunity to get outside of my comfort zone, and get my craft on. With Crayola supplies on hand, it will at least be a little bit easier to come up with something cute, right?!
When the box of supplies arrived and I unpacked them, I happened to have a carton of Reynolds Pan Lining Paper on the table (it’s parchment paper on one side, foil on the other. It rocks in the kitchen, but that’s a different post…). I had a friend over at the time, and she started reading the packaging of the Crayola Slick Stix, and noted that they would color on foil.
And just like that, a craft idea was born in my head. It’s a Christmas miracle! I gathered my needed supplies to make some indoor sweet/outdoor pretty snowflakes!
So in truth, I totally forgot to use the glitter glue. But it would have been lovely, I’m sure!
Ok, now that the supplies are in hand, let’s rock this snowflake business!
Start by cutting a piece of pan lining paper, and then bringing up an edge like this to form a square.
Cut all that excess shiny stuff over on the right off. If you are ultra-awesome, use that to make another snowflake. I’m not that awesome, y’all.
Your cut product should look like this!
Now I’d say making a shiny square is great for a day’s work, but we aren’t quite finished! 🙂
Now it is time to break out your Crayola Slick Stix and color like crazy on the parchment paper side. The colors are vibrant and they will stick fairly quickly after being applied.
You can also color on the foil side of the paper, too. Below is just an example: we opted not to color that side and you’ll see why in a minute!
Once you have the parchment side decorated to your liking, it is time to turn it into a snowflake. First, this means a whole lot of folding!
And one more time:
Yeah, I know. It didn’t line up straight. I was actually having a lot of fun coloring and folding with Darah, and when I saw that the end result of the folding wasn’t perfect, I just didn’t care! It doesn’t really matter, so don’t stress out if yours looks crooked like mine.
Now, hold on to the internal corner of the snowflake. You don’t want to cut there, but feel free to cut pretty much everywhere else. Get wild and crazy. Here’s what I did!
Now slowly unfold your snowflake (careful! Sometimes the paper gets caught on itself!) and check out your colorful design!
So cool! Now for the reason why we didn’t color the aluminum foil side of the paper. I wanted to hang these in our window, and I wanted to be able to admire the art that my child did, and I also wanted to have something simple and bit less, shall we say, “colorful” on the outside. Here’s what it looks like to folks passing by!
So that’s why I’m calling these “inside sweet and outside pretty” snowflakes. And can I just say, OMG, I did a craft!
By the way, I made the stars to show you an even easier example of doing a craft like this. Just find a printable of a star and then trace it on your paper. Color, cut, then boom! Done!
Let’s celebrate my accomplishment, shall we?
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- Crayola Washable Markers
- Crayola Colored Pencils
- Crayola Glitter Glue
- Crayola Model Magic
- Crayola Slick Sticks
- $25 gift card to purchase additional Crayola items for your project
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