Jewelry is an inexpensive and simple way to add something special to an outfit. Crafting your own jewelry allows you to both dress up an outfit and make a truly personal statement with your accessories. Make, or help your children to make, snowflake jewelry to wear with a winter outfit or to give as gifts to family, friends or teachers. You can also sell your homemade snowflake jewelry at a flea market or craft fair to raise money for an organization or as part of a small craft business.
Alcohol-based permanent blue ink pad
Thin cloth gloves (optional)
Stiff blue felt
Black permanent marker
Blue seed beads
Snowflake Jewelry: Ring
Wrap a string around the finger that you want to wear the snowflake ring on. Trim the string down to that size.
Measure the length of the string with a ruler.
Cut a strip of shrink plastic that is three times as long as the string plus another ten percent and three times as wide as you want the finished ring to be. So, if your string is 2 inches long, you want to cut a strip that is 6 inches, plus an extra ten percent, so 6 6/10 inches long in total.
Preheat your oven to the temperature indicated on the package your plastic came in.
Decorate the plastic strip with snowflake stamps of different sizes and blue alcohol-based permanent ink so that the ink doesn’t smudge when you wear the ring.
Place the decorated strip of plastic onto a cookie sheet covered in butcher paper with the stamped side facing up.
Place the plastic strip on the cookie sheet into the oven and watch the plastic while it bakes. The plastic will curl up and flatten back out. Wait an additional 30 seconds after the plastic flattens back out before you take the plastic strip out of the oven.
Find the place on the ring mandrel that is the same size as the finger you want to wear the ring on using the piece of string that you cut.
Wait 2 seconds after removing the plastic strip from the oven before wrapping the strip around the ring mandrel to form the ring. You only have about 10 seconds to accomplish this. Wear thin cloth gloves during this step if you find the plastic uncomfortable to touch right out of the oven. The plastic doesn’t stay hot enough long enough to cause any serious burns, but it may be uncomfortable to touch.
Bake the plastic strip again for 30 seconds if you aren’t happy with the shape of the ring the first time around and you can try it again.
Sand all the edges of the ring so they are smooth and rounded, especially the corners where the ends of the strip were so they don’t dig into your finger.
Snowflake Jewelry: Pin
Draw a snowflake outline 3 to 5 inches in size onto a stiff piece of blue felt. The snowflake outline should be a bubble outline, like when you draw bubble letters.
Cut the snowflake out of the blue felt.
Paint a generous layer of craft glue onto one side of the felt snowflake and then press that side of the felt into a paper plate filled with blue seed beads. Set the snowflake out to dry for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Attach a pin back to the backside of the snowflake using craft glue. Let the glue dry before wearing the pin.