Every winter, our family designs snowflakes for our front window while listening to Christmas carols. I was inspired this year by a lovely snowflake display on Pinterest. I found a photo tutorial on making 3D snowflakes and couldn’t believe it was so SIMPLE. Instead of flat snowflakes on the windows, we are hanging GIGANTIC snowflakes from the ceiling of the entryway to our house.
My daughters had so much fun (and had so much confidence in their ability to make these) that they wanted to create a video tutorial for other kids. Yeah, this awesome snowflake is super simple to make. Learn the easy steps in the snowflake tutorial below.
- Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
- The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino
- It’s Snowing! by Gail Gibbons
Last year my ladies were particularly fascinated with the story of Snowflake Bentley.
The book description explains…
From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley’s enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time (1865-1931), but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful.
His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist’s vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature.
Preview the story book on Amazon.
You and your kids can admire his work in the book Snowflakes in Photographs by W. A. Bentley. He documents for science, but his descriptions are sometimes divine . . .
“The snow crystals . . . come to us not only to reveal the wondrous beauty of the minute in Nature, but to teach us that all earthly beauty is transient and must soon fade way. But though the beauty of the snow is evanescent, like the beauties of the autumn, as of the evening sky, it fades but to come again.” ― Wilson A. Bentley
The best part about this project? It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, imperfection brings forward the opportunity to discuss the beauty and science behind snowflakes. This sentence sticks in my mind: No two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. Oh, how does one even begin to discuss . . .
“…the endless repetition of an ordinary miracle.”
― Orhan Pamuk, Snow
PS: Here is some additional “cool” snowflake inspiration from Pinterest:
- Burlap Snowflakes (same process)
- Giant Quilled Snowflakes
- Star War Snowflakes
- Frosted-Window Snowflakes
- Snowflake Cookies + Royal Icing Recipe
- Puffy Snowflake Paintings
- Pipe-Cleaner Snowflake Ornaments
Did you make a giant 3D snowflake?
I’d like to SHOW the girls that people are using their tutorial to decorate their homes for the holidays. If you and your family do the project, we’d love if you’d leave a comment here on Facebook letting us know. Thank you! Thank you!
This post is dedicated to Rob of Art for Kids and his family. My girls spent hours doodling after we stumbled upon the amazing collection of drawing tutorials for kids. The video tutorial show Rob and one of his kids side-by-side going through the process of drawing a reindeer, for example.
Click here to learn how to draw elves, Santa, Christmas trees, snowmen, reindeer and more.
The best part is, how he reassures his kids that there are no mistakes in art. One of my daughters is a perfectionist when it comes to her art and on occasion she literally melts into tears upon “a mistake.” Something about the confidence in the way he reassures them seemed to resonate with her. My girls were so inspired that his kids were helping teach them to draw. They decided they wanted to make a video tutorial, too. I think their little experimental video project turned out AWESOME. I am so proud.
Thank you again for the inspiration Rob and family!
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