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Pipe-Cleaner Snowflake Ornaments

Gather the kids and make these DIY Christmas ornaments. 

Source: Martha Stewart Living

Introduction

Our Pipe-Cleaner Snowflake Ornaments are the perfect Christmas DIY. Our 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 (Stanley "84-096 5-Inch" Needle Nose Plier, $9.99, amazon.com)

steps

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

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

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

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

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

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