The holidays might be over now, but that definitely does not mean that winter is already coming to an end, at least where we live. Up here, we’ve still got a few months left with the snowflakes and the cold fronts! Our kids are totally okay with this because they love playing out in the snow, but every once in a while extreme cold temperatures will keep them inside no matter how much they’d rather be building snowman and throwing snowballs. On those days, we always like to keep them feeling cheerful with DIY projects and crafting afternoons! We’ve actually found that making winter and snow themed crafts can help cheer them up on days when they’d rather be out playing in the snow but can’t, so we’ve been keeping lists of fun snow and snowflake themed crafts for a while now to make sure we have lots of ideas on those chilly, calm days in.
Just in case you could use some snow inspired crafting for your kids too, here are 15 of the cutest and most fun snowflake crafts we’ve come across in our search so far!
1. Sparkly foam paper snowflake ornaments
You’ve probably seen cut paper snowflake ideas before but, if your kids are avid crafts like ours, they’ve probably also already had their fill of those for the season. In that case, why not put a unique twist on the idea so you still have something simple for them to do but they still get to try something new too? Check out how Craft Hubs made little cut-out snowflakes from sparkly foam sheets instead! We love that the glitter is already built in so the snowflakes you make sparkle just like the real thing.
2. Twisted paper strips snowflake
If you’re never heard of a “pasta snowflake” then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out! The name might be a little misleading, since the craft is absolutely not made of pasta, but these are definitely a great way to take simple paper snowflakes to the next level. iCreative Ideas guides you step by step through the process of weaving thinly cut paper strips into lovely snowflake shapes of all kinds!
3. Painted clothespin snowflake
If you’re going to go out of your way to make snowflake crafts with your kids one afternoon, would you rather use that as an opportunity to upcycle something you already have in your house you’re not using anymore? In that case, maybe you’d prefer to make something like these wooden clothespin snowflakes from Hello Homebody! They painted theirs green but you might choose red, white, or to just keep your wood natural.
4. Finely crocheted snowflake ornaments
Have your crafting skills always primarily lied in yarn crafts like knitting and crochet, and you’ve even been lucky enough to pass these skills on to your older kids, so you’ve always kind of been more drawn to crocheted crafts than paper or other materials? Well, lucky for all of us, Elly’s DIY Blog has a great pattern for crocheting fine little snowflake ornaments from lace yarn! The finished product is delicate and stunning.
5. Hanging popsicle stick snowflakes
Are you actually a little bit limited in your crafting supplies right now and the weather isn’t exactly encouraging you to go out and get more but you know your kids already have popsicle sticks in their crafting supply stash so you’ve been scrolling the list hoping to find a popsicle stick snowflake craft? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll find this tutorial from Unsophisticook more than a little bit helpful!
6. 3D snowflake paper sphere ornament
Have you always loved the idea of having your kids create their own paper snowflake ornaments to hang in your windows and on the mantel because you like that the unique patterns they create mimic the way real snowflakes are always different, but you’d like to make something a little more challenging yourself when you sit down to help them? In that case, you might prefer to check out this 3D folded paper snowflake ornament from Notable Nest.
7. Sparkling DIY dough snowflake
Have your kids always loved making crafts that they can really help you make right from scratch, start to finish? Then we definitely think you should take a look at this salt dough snowflake tutorial from Crafty Morning! They walk you through the steps for not only making a DIY salt dough recipe but also for moulding and decorating snowflake shapes. We love the way they topped the whole design off with sparkles!
8. Glittery hot glue snowflakes
If you’re a DIY heavy family them we have no doubt you’ll have seen hot glue crafts before. If you’ve tried them out, then you already know how cool they are to make and display too! We’d tried them already as well, but somehow we’d never thought to sprinkle them with glitter until we saw this awesomely sparkly hot glue snowflake tutorial from By Stephanie Lynn. Just be careful with the hot glue gun if you’re crafting these ones with your kids! Burned fingers are no fun.
9. Embellished dollar store snowflake ornaments
Did you get a pack of simple plastic snowflake ornaments on sale at the dollar store and you thought you were going to use them the way they were but they just didn’t fit your décor scheme? Well, don’t stress about wasting them because now you have the perfect thing to use as a base for some winter snowflake crafting! Check out how Meegan Makes embellished theirs with jingling bells and simple holiday greetings.
10. Coffee filter cut-out snowflakes
Have your kids actually gotten a little bit obsessed with cut-out snowflakes this year and they’ve been making them like crazy but you’re looking for an alternative technique and material for them because otherwise they’re going to use up all the printer paper you need in your home office? Then we’d suggest digging into the bulk sized box of coffee filters you bought last year instead! The Pink Couch shows you how cool cut-out snowflakes can look made with coffee filters instead of paper because they’re slightly more transparent, so they look awesome hung in the window.
11. Pretty beaded snowflake earrings
Have you and your kids actually been working on learning how to make your own jewelry because they love the idea of being able to wear the things they’ve created and worked hard on when they’re all finished? In that case, we definitely think you should take a look at the beautifully beaded snowflake shaped earrings! They’re not the simplest idea in the world but this step by step guide from The Spruce walks you through it in a surprisingly straight forward way.
12. Delicate beaded snowflake garland
Did we really get your attention with the idea of a beaded snowflake craft but you’re worried that the earrings tutorial we showed you above is just slightly too advanced, even though your kids are quite good at beading? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Live Love DIY made this delicate, beautiful hand beaded snowflake garland that will shine ever so slightly when it catches the light, no matter where you hang it.
13. Glue and rice preschooler snowflake
Perhaps your kids are still quite little and you’ve been scrolling our list hoping to come across an idea that’s just a little easier to make happen than some of the things you’ve seen so far? In that case, here’s another glue crafting technique that’s more kid friendly because it doesn’t involve a hot glue gun! Check out how Family Education created textured snowflakes on cardboard by sprinkling uncooked rice into a drawn out glue shape.
14. Pretty salt dough cut-out snowflakes
Were you very taken with the idea of making salt dough snowflakes but your older kids were hoping for an idea that’s a little more challenging than the simple chunky ones we showed you earlier on our list? Then we think perhaps you’d have a better time sitting down with them to make these fantastically detailed salt dough cut-out snowflakes outlined in just a few steps on DIY Craft Projects! Paint them however you please when you’re all finished.
15. Pretty wax snowflakes
We’ve already shown you quite a number of different techniques for making snowflake crafts using all kinds of different materials but perhaps you’re still looking for another alternative because you really want to craft with something you’ve never used before? Well, we can’t blame you; we love learning new things through DIY! Martha Stewart, for example, has an entire useful tutorial to guide you through the process of making cut-out snowflake ornaments out of wax sheets usually used for candle wrapping.
Do you know a fellow DIY and crafting enthusiast whose kids adore snowflakes and love making seasonal crafts every year? Share this post with them so they have plenty of ideas to get them through the holidays!