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Pipe-Cleaner Snowflake Ornaments

Introduction

These directions yield a snowflake that is 6 inches in diameter, with three arms attached to each spoke. To create larger or smaller snowflakes, simply adjust the proportions of the pipe-cleaner pieces accordingly. You can also use more or fewer arms on each spoke.

Materials

  • Wire cutter or pair of old scissors
  • Three 6-inch pieces of pipe cleaner, plus six 2 1/2-inch pieces, six 2-inch 
  • Needlenose pliers

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using a wire cutter or old scissors, cut three 6-inch pieces of pipe cleaner. Then cut six 2 1/2-inch pieces, six 2-inch pieces, and six 1 1/2-inch pieces. 

  2. Step 2

    Twist 6-inch pieces together at their midpoints to make a six-spoked asterisk. Tighten twist by clamping down with needlenose pliers. 

  3. Step 3

    Center one 2 1/2-inch piece at the midpoint of a spoke, and twist onto spoke. Tighten twist with needlenose pliers. Repeat on remaining 5 spokes. 

  4. Step 4

    About 1/2 inch from an arm attached in step 3 (toward spoke's tip), center one 2-inch piece, and twist onto spoke. Tighten twist with needlenose pliers. Repeat on remaining 5 spokes. 

  5. Step 5

    About 1/2 inch from an arm attached in step 4 (toward spoke's tip), center one 1 1/2-inch piece, and twist onto spoke. Tighten twist with needlenose pliers. Repeat on remaining 5 spokes. Trim arms if needed.

  6. Step 6

    To hang, glue a loop of cord to the back of a spoke.

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Martha Stewart Living

Reviews (5)

  • newgirl875 14 Dec, 2013

    For visual learners, it would be nice to have images to accompany the written directions.

  • hazel1 28 Nov, 2012

    www.ehow.com/how_7264768_make-snowflakes-borax.html

    snowflake ornaments with BORAX

  • KSPartyofFive 19 Nov, 2009

    For pipe cleaner borax ornaments:

    http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/boraxsnowflake.htm

  • coolestmom 6 Nov, 2009

    I have been trying to find the recipe for pipe cleaner and borax,I believe, ornaments. You mix borax and water together and immerse pipe cleaners in the solution. I made these with my daughter when she was young and now want to do the same with my grandchildren. Can anyone help me? Thank you!

  • CaroleOR 30 Dec, 2008

    I found these too late to make many, but did make a few. Actually I should say hubby made a few. We used a little fluffier pipe cleaner for a larger flake and placed them on our tree. I hope to make more next year.