Let It Snow! Une guirlande de flocons de neige

A Snowflake Garland! What better way to celebrate winter? I am always sad to put away the Christmas decorations. To keep my heart in a festive mood and to continue the holiday spirit, I often like to decorate for winter. Here in Princeton, New Jersey, we’ve had lots of snow recently. I love to bring the magical ambience of the glistening outdoors in! Here is an easy diy snowflake garland that does just that!

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I recently came across this beautiful snowy window ( below) from the store Anthropologie.

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What a marvelous way of capturing the magical spirit of winter.

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I adore the snowflake windows at Le Puits Sainte Claire Bed & Breakfast at Courcon d’Aunis in France (below).

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From Puits Sainte Claire

Jennifer Rizzo created a vintage snowflake banner (below) from doilies, twine and crystal glitter. I love her simple yet elegant, easy diy.

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From Jennifer Rizzo

J’adore la guirlande de flocons de neige! From alittleMarket.com comes this delicate Snowflake Garland made with ceramic snowflakes and twine.

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At Ambiente Vistoriado I found exquisite paper snowflakes (below) used for decorating walls and windows and creating mobiles and simple tablecloths.

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This magnificent paper snowflake mobile (below) was featured on useful diy.com. It would be a wonderful addition to any room any time of the year.

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Having been so inspired, I embarked on creating my own snowflake garland with a little help from my daughter Julia. First, I went to the website instructables.com to check out how to make paper snowflakes. It gives easy step by step instructions on how to make 6-point paper snowflakes. Using plain white copy paper, we made as many snowflakes as we could.

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IMG_2196We thought it would be cute to apply spray snow to the snowflakes to make them a bit more realistic. We sprayed a light coating.

IMG_2204We sprinkled glitter while the spray snow was still wet. We did this on both sides.

IMG_2200We then sprayed the dry snowflakes with an acrylic sealer to make sure the glitter stayed on. We let the snowflakes dry overnight. Then using just white thread and a needle, we carefully pulled the thread through each snowflake (similar to sewing).

IMG_2212We lined up four or five snowflakes in a row and carefully pulled the thread through each one. I put a tiny clear bead between each snowflake to add a sparkle and again at the end of the entire row.

IMG_2213Be patient and careful with the thread. It tangles easily and can be a bit frustrating to work with.

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Then I hung some thread horizontally across my windows and tied each strand of snowflakes to it.

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I just love how our simple paper snowflakes hung with simple white thread brings the magical ambience of the glistening outdoors in! And I had fun discovering how easy it was to make paper snowflakes (which I had never done before).