Paper punches are known for cutting pretty dots. But the craft tools come in many forms, offering an effortless way to create snowflakes, stars, icicles, and more with a quick press. The shapes can be cut in multiples and used atop gifts in innovative ways.
Here, snowflakes big and small are punched from pearl-finished paper. Some are glued onto tags and cards; others are threaded -- along with sequins and Stars of David -- with a large-eyed needle onto mohair yarn. Nothing is wasted: Flurries produced by the snowflake edge punch are used as decorative accents. Tiny popup villages and trees, also made with craft punches, add a new dimension to presents and cards.
Punches: Icicle edge, $16; Snowflurry edge, $16; Snowflurry corner, $13; Pineforest edge, $16; Glacial Snowflake, $10; Tag, $10; Frosty Village pop-up, large, $18; Himalayan Snowflake, large, $16; Frosty Village edge, $16; all by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels, 800-642-4235.
Multi Tags Scallop punch (#31323542), $16.74, by McGill; round paillettes (#24537629), in Iridescent Crystal, 54 cents for 75, by Sulyn Spangle; flat sequins (#1030, #1050, #1085, #6510, #7165, and #7300), $3.09 for 10.5 g, by Gutermann Creativ; all from CreateForLess, 866- 333-4463.
Tags, style A, in Daffy Blue (T_A182) and Peony (T_A153), $4.90 for 10, from Paper Presentation, 800-727-3701.
Kid Setta mohair yarn, in white (#416), $12 per skein, by Madil, from Purl, 800- 597-7875.
Similar Star of David paper punch, 1", $10.25, from 1-800-Dreidelcrafts, 800-373-4335.
A2 envelopes, in Quartz Metallic (#5370-08), $11 for 50, and Lagoon Metallic (#5370-27), $19 for 50, both from Action Envelope, 800- 653-1705.