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Crafty projects for kids and parents from Catherine Romano

paper snowflakes and paper chain

Winter holiday decorating often includes opulence: shiny red, green and gold ornaments, bright twinkle lights and sparkly garlands. All the shimmer and shine makes for an eye-catching spectacle.

Yet, this year I thought it would be fun to create more understated holiday decorations using the simplest of materials: white paper!

White paper lends itself to endless opportunities for creative experimentation (and can be easily recycled).  I decided to play with white paper and create two classic paper crafts. Take a look at my materials and the results.

Paper Snowflakes

My materials:

White paper
Scissors

My process:

1.  Fold sheet of paper in half, and then in half again.
2.  Start cutting out shapes along each edge. Play with straight edged shapes and round shapes. The more paper you cut out, the more detailed the snowflake.
3.  Unfold the paper, and a beautiful snowflake appears.

If you want to make a more complex snowflake, a quick online search can give you diagrams on creating five and six-point star shapes.

Paper Chain Link

My materials:

White paper
Scissors
Ruler
Adhesive tape
X-Acto knife (not necessary, but if you have one it is useful in cutting the paper chain strips)

My process:

1.  Cut stripes out of a sheet of paper (these will be the chain links).
2.  With your X-Acto knife or scissors, make two vertical cuts into each strip, but be sure not to cut through the top and bottom of the strip.
3.  Attach the strip ends with adhesive tape and follow steps 1 to 3 again and again, until you’ve reached a desired length.

Catherine Romano moved back to Toronto after graduate school in New York City. Now she’s a stay-at-home mom embarking on new adventures with her two-year-old.

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