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How To Make A Q-Tip Snowflake

Updated on October 5, 2016

The winter season is upon us and with it brings colder temperatures and the beauty of newly fallen snow. When the air is too chilly and the kids are stuck inside then there are fun things to do inside while they wait out the weather. Crafts are a fun way to keep the kids busy and provide homemade decrations for your house and/or office. Here is an easy way to make snowflakes using an item most families already have in their homes. So gather the kids and break out your q-tips to make these cute and simple snowflakes.

Supplies Needed

You will only need a few supplies to make the snowflakes. You need:

1. Q-tips

2. Elmer's Glue

3. Glitter. I like to use silver or a pearly white color but feel free to be creative!

4. Wax or parchment paper

5. Ribbon

Applying the ribbon
Applying the ribbon


1. First you will nedd to lay down the wax or parchment paper so the glue doesn't stick to any other surfaces.

2. Next place 2 sets of 4 q-tips with the ends touching. It will resemble a cross shape.

3. Squeeze glue in a circular motion where the q-tips come together. I usually make a circle of glue until it covers all the cotton. Don't be afraid to put a lot becuase if you use too little glue then it won't hold together when it dries. You can also apply a little glue to the ends of the q-tips also.

4. Once you are done gluing, cover all areas of glue with glitter. Don't forget the tips too!

5. Now you will have to wait until the glue is completely dry. If you try to lift it too soon the q-tips won't stay together. You can put the craft in the refridgerator to speed up the drying process. If not, I wait 24 hours for it too fully dry.

6. Once the glue is no longer wet, very gently peel the center off the parchment paper. You can hold the q-tips where they meet in the middle to help keep them together. Flip both sets over so the bottom is now facing up.

7. Apply glue to the centers of both sets and but your ribbon in the middle if you want to be able to hang them up.

8. Put the q-tips back to back so they are alternating spaces and are not lined up. Please refer to pictures for a visual.

9. Lastly, let the glue dry and decorate with your beautiful snowflakes!

The final product
The final product


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    • jenbeach21 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Christy!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      That is a very unique and cool idea. I wish I had seen prior to Xmas!

    • jenbeach21 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank billy! They are very simple and easy to make.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I didn't see this when I needed it, but I'll remember it for next year. Very clever idea; so simple I can probably even do it. :)

    • jenbeach21 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Jamie! Good luck if you try them. They are really simple so enjoy!

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      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I never thought of something as simple as q-tips for snowflakes.. very cute idea! I think I may try to make a few with my little one. Thank you for sharing :)

    • jenbeach21 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you teaches! I enjpy using everyday items in my classroom.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Caught this on the Times. Very pretty and creative. It is amazing how simple every day items can make the most beautiful crafts for Christmas. Thanks for the ideas. Voted up.

    • jenbeach21 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Linda and Stephanie! The kids do enjoy sprinkling the glitter and decorating with them.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      5 years ago from USA

      This is really cute, and I'll bet that even little kids would enjoy sprinkling on the glitter! Nice idea for making ornaments with supplies on hand.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This is too cute Jennifer! Never would have thought about making this. Well done! :)


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