These popsicle stick snowflakes make an easy and fun Christmas craft for kids. Use popsicle sticks, buttons and pipe cleaners to create festive snowflakes.
Children learn to appreciate the uniqueness of snowflakes with this easy kids’ Christmas craft. Popsicle sticks and buttons are the main ingredients for these decorations that can be hung on walls, in windows, or used as Christmas tree decorations. From choosing their own paint colors, buttons, glitter and pipe cleaners, children can create snowflakes as original as their personalities.
Things you will need:
- Popsicle sticks (four per snowflake)
- Tacky craft glue
- Paint and paintbrush
- Dental floss/fishing line/string for hanging
- Pipe cleaners
Steps for Making a Glitter Popsicle Stick Snowflake
- Have the children choose what color they would like to paint their glitter snowflake.
- Squeeze some paint into a small container and have them apply the paint to one side of the popsicle sticks with a paintbrush.
- While the popsicle sticks are still wet, sprinkle some glitter over them.
- Once they are dry, place a dab of glue in the center and glue another stick on top, making a cross shape. Press together while drying.
- Then do the same with the next two sticks, altering the angle to create the snowflake shape.
- To make a loop for hanging the snowflake, glue a small button on the back side of the popsicle stick near the top and press while drying.
- Tie a loop with your dental floss, or whatever type of string you have chosen. With the knot end, hook it around the button. Hang and enjoy.
Steps for Making a Button Popsicle Stick Snowflake
- Have the children paint the popsicle sticks with their chosen colors. It is nice to have two alternating colors for this one.
- Once they have fully dried, repeat the above step for glueing them together in the shape of a snowflake.
- Next, they can squeeze small dabs of glue onto the sticks and glue the buttons on (smaller buttons work best). Any glue that bubbles up from the button holes or around the buttons can be easily wiped away with a clean wet paint brush.
- Remember to save a button for the middle.
- Repeat the above step for creating a hanging loop.
Steps for Making a Pipe Cleaner Popsicle Stick Snowflake
- Have the children choose the pipe cleaner colors. There is no need to paint the sticks as the pipe cleaners will cover them.
- Apply the pipe cleaners to each stick prior to glueing the sticks together. You will need two pipe cleaners per stick. Starting at the ends, wind the pipe cleaners around the stick. Winding tightly at a slight diagonal angle works best. Leave the middle of the sticks clear so they can be glued together at the end.
- Once you have all the sticks covered in pipe cleaners, except for their centers, repeat the above step for glueing them together in a snowflake shape.
- Choose a button that fits into the center point of the snowflake and glue it on.
- To create a hanging loop, cut a pipe cleaner (the same color as the one it will hang from) and twist one end around the longer end to make a lollypop shape. Then twist the long end around the top of the popsicle stick where it will hang from.
If you end up with extra buttons, you can use them to make button Christmas trees or to decorate glass snowman jars.
This easy and inexpensive kids’ Christmas craft is a great way to get children involved in the festive decorating process. Use these beautifully unique dangling snowflakes to breathe some creative spirit into your Christmas decor.