January 14, 2016

From Bamboo Placemat to Sweet Snowflakes

We have had unseasonably warm weather here in central Pennsylvania.  I mean seriously it was 65 degrees on Christmas! What?! We’ve lived here for over 20 years and I’ve never seen it that warm in winter. But I knew it was going to catch up to us… In the last week or so the winter chill has been creeping in. Just last night, I saw the first dusting of snow… Dusting… like barely on the edges of the driveway. I’m sure in the next couple of months we’ll get hit with more than that. It’s called winter for a reason, right? And winter here will mean lots of snowflakes!

So, here’s a fun little project you might want to do on one of these chilly winter days. They were so much fun to make! Plus they’re easy and quick!
Bamboo Placemat to Snowflake

There are so many cute things to be made with bamboo placemats!  Here are a couple of other things I’ve made with them.

Bamboo Picture Frame Mat
Mini Planter Box

This is how I made snowflakes out of a bamboo placemat. I picked up my placemat at the dollar store. You can make several projects out of one placemat. All you have to do is unravel the end of the placemat and pull the slats apart.
Bamboo Placemat

They are easy to snip into smaller pieces.  I used wire snips and regular scissors to cut them.
The designs can be anything you want! There are so many ideas on the internet for inspiration. Here’s the first one I did.
Snowflake Design

Then once you have your design, all you have to do is glue it together. I first glued the 3 longest slats to form the base of the snowflake. Then you can add the other pieces.  I just used my handy dandy glue gun.

Here's a tip...I found it easier to first glue the little “arrows” together, before I put them on the snowflake.

I wanted to spray paint them, but the weather wasn’t cooperating. I had some “chalky” paint left over from the Rustic Wooden Lanterns Hubby and I created, so I used that instead.
Painting Snowflakes

They dried super quick!  Here’s a better picture of all the designs I created.
Snowflake Designs

Cute right?? The possibilities are endless! Here they are all tucked in the wooden box I made at Christmas time.
Wood Seasonal Box

I love this! I can’t wait for spring! This box will make it so easy to decorate for each season! I might go a bit darker on the stain… I don’t know, we’ll see.
Sweet Snowflake Decor

Wouldn’t these be adorable in a garland? I might just have to make some more! Grab your supplies, let’s get started!
Bamboo Placemat to Snowflake

Blessings!
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Lori -thestonybrookhouse
Lori -thestonybrookhouse

I have been blogging for about 4 years and I enjoy sharing all the things that go on here at The Stonybrook House. From building to decorating, crafting and cooking, and so much more. I enjoy gardening and a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly I love The Lord Jesus my Savior and my wonderful hubby of 28 years!