3 easy snowflake crafts that'll keep kids busy when they're stuck inside

Dec 19, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. ET
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Snow storms can be gorgeous, but they can also force us to stay cooped up for days on end — which can make it tough to keep restless children entertained. Check out these fun crafts that will keep them occupied, so you can stay sane.

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Glitter popsicle stick snowflakes

Glitter popsicle stick snowflake

What you'll need:

  • 3 popsicle sticks
  • craft glue
  • paint brush
  • glitter
  • sequins and gems

What you'll do:

  1. Use your paint brush to coat the popsicle sticks in glue.
  2. Sprinkle the glitter over the popsicle sticks and allow them to dry.
  3. Once they are dry, layer the popsicle sticks on top of each other to form the snowflake, and glue them in place.
  4. Decorate the snowflake with sequins and gems.

Beaded snowflakes

Beaded snowflakes

What you'll need:

  • white pipe cleaners
  • beads in assorted colors
  • scissors
  • string

What you'll do:

  1. Cut the pipe cleaners so that you have three 6-inch segments.
  2. Hold one pipe cleaner piece vertically, then wrap the other two pieces around it so that they make an "X" across the vertical piece.
  3. Slide the beads on the pipe cleaner, alternating between colors.
  4. Fold down the edge of each pipe cleaner to keep the beads in place.
  5. Make a loop in the top pipe cleaner for hanging. Thread some string through the loop and hang the snowflake.

Coffee filter snowflakes

Coffee filter snowflakes


What you'll need:

  • coffee filters
  • scissors
  • tape

What you'll do:

  1. Fold the coffee filters in half to form a semi-circle, then fold the semi-circle in half two more times.
  2. Use your scissors to cut along the edges of the folded coffee filter. You can play around with cutting out different shapes and seeing what kind of design they make.
  3. Unfold the coffee filter and lay it under some heavy books to flatten the folds. Use the tape to tape the snowflakes up in a window.

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Originally published January 2013. Updated December 2016.

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