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I just started offering these two gingerbread snowflake ornament decorating kits on my Christmas etsy site, bzlittlechristmaself. Save 20% off your decorating kits total by putting the code ‘wordpress’ in the message to buyer at checkout.(discount will be refunded via your PayPal account, discount does not apply to shipping cost)

Large Gingerbread Snowflake Decorating Kit

Large Gingerbread Snowflake Decorating Kit

Small Gingerbread Snowflake Decorating Kit

Small Gingerbread Snowflake Decorating Kit

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[from Better Homes and Gardens]

The light will dance on these wintertime snowflakes, made from a variety of crystal-like beads.

What You Need:

For each snowflake:

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It’s easy to make a blizzard’s worth
of these sparkling snowflakes.

  • 10 corsage pins with pearl ends (available in fabric and craft stores)
  • Crystal-like beads in desired shapes and sizes
  • 1 small cork
  • Iridescent white glitter paint pen (usually used for fabric, available in craft and discount stores)
  • Monofilament thread
Instructions:

1. Add beads to 4 pins. Place beads on 1 corsage pin in desired order, leaving the last 1/4 inch without beads. Make 3 more beaded pins using the same arrangement.

2. Make another set of 4 beaded pins, using a different arrangement. Make an additional set of 2 beaded pins. (You should have a total of 10 beaded pins.)

3. Add 4 matching pins to cork. Cut the cork, if necessary, so it is about 1/4 inch long. With the round side of the cork laying on the work surface, poke one beaded pin into the cork (close to work surface) like a spoke of a wheel. Place a matching beaded pin opposite the first. Place the remaining two opposite each other, between the first set.

4. Add remaining pins. Using the remaining set of 4 matching pins, poke each into the cork, slightly closer to the top of the cork and alternating with the first set of four. Place the remaining 2 beaded pins into each round end of the cork.

5. Cover the cork using glitter paint pen. Allow to dry. Apply a second coat, if necessary, and let dry.

6. To hang, cut a desired length of monofilament and tie to one spoke of the snowflake.

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Jazz up the classic snowflake in an unexpected way using jingle bells.

What You Need
  • 16-gauge crafts wire
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Fine crafts wire
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Assorted 9-mm- to 1-inch-diameter jingle bells
How to Make It

1. Cut three 6- to 8-inch lengths of 16-gauge crafts wire.

2. Using needle-nose pliers, bend one of the wires to make a hook for hanging.

3. Cross the wire pieces in the center, wrap with fine crafts wire to secure in a spoke shape, and reinforce the wire with hot glue.

4. Hot-glue one bell over the center intersection of the wire assembly.

5. Slide bells onto each wire spoke, securing them on the back side with hot glue.

6. Trim the remaining wires.

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