It's that time again...
...time to find activities to keep little hands busy when it's too cold to play outside.
We're thankful for all the creative, crafty geniuses who are so willing to share their ideas!
Thanks to Martha Stewart's Craft Department, here's our favorite project from this week:
Martha Stewart has a great tutorial, but I'll attempt to give you
a personalized one, too!
1. Take a 12 in. pipe cleaner and cut it in thirds.
(approx. 4 in. pieces)
2. Twist pipe cleaners into snowflake shape and trim ends to
1 1/2 to 2 in.
Make a small loop on the longest end.
Thread string or wire through the hole and attach to a craft stick.
3. Purchase Borax soap--only the 20 Mule Team brand will work.
(This was only $2.99 at Wal-mart.)
4. Measure out nine tablespoons of soap into a quart container.
5. Heat three cups of water to very warm--but not boiling.
(Take cheesy pictures while water heats...)
6. Pour hot water in container and dissolve soap.
Carefully hang snowflakes in water--adjust so snowflakes don't touch the container.
7. Wait...and wait...and wait...
8. Make more snowflakes and submerge in borax/water solution while waiting...
(snowflakes won't grown quite as big when more than one is added to the solution)
9. Come back eight to twelve hours later for a full grown sparkly snowflake!
(Wait until Daddy gets home to let him explain the science behind the growing snowflakes!)
What's your favorite winter or Christmas craft?