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how to "preserve" a paper snowflake

post #1 of 16
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DD loves to make paper snowflakes, and I'd like to figure out some way to turn them into a nice Christmas ornament.  I know I could put them between waxed paper or decoupodge onto a slice of wood, but that's not exactly what I'm looking for.  I guess I'm looking for something a little more delicate, like if there were someway to coat the snowflake or put it between plexiglass.

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DD loves to make paper snowflakes, and I'd like to figure out some way to turn them into a nice Christmas ornament.  I know I could put them between waxed paper or decoupodge onto a slice of wood, but that's not exactly what I'm looking for.  I guess I'm looking for something a little more delicate, like if there were someway to coat the snowflake or put it between plexiglass.

How about laminating it and then cutting it out? I've done this with leaves and used them as ornaments.
post #3 of 16
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I like that idea.  Where do I go to get something laminated?

post #4 of 16
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I like that idea.  Where do I go to get something laminated?



If you want to laminate more than just one thing, I recommend very highly getting a xyron machine; it allows you to laminate, make stickers, and make magnets. I prefer the larger sized machines (900 or 1200), but if you only planning to laminate the small items, the 510 is great too: http://www.stickermaker.com/

post #5 of 16

Two pieces of contact paper can work too. It's a little cloudier than laminating though.

post #6 of 16

you can use modgepodge on the back of a clear plate and make something pretty for holiday serving?  link

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

Neat suggestion about the plates.

 

Do office stores laminate for you?  I just don't see much use for me actually buying one at this point.

 

Or if I could find contact paper or something like it that was a little more clear and shiny...

post #8 of 16

yes, a place like kinko's will laminate for you...

however, if you have an "in" with anybody who teaches school they can probably do it for you.  laminators are popular in schools with everyone who works there...

post #9 of 16

It might be too late for you, but there are self stick clear laminating sheets that you can buy at any office supply store. No special equipment required.

post #10 of 16
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No, not too late!  We frequently end up doing the Christmas gift crafts last minute, despite my best intentions.

 

So, the latest issue is that DD won't give her snowflakes away!  She loves to make them and leave them lying about, but would rather do the alternative craft that she said she didn't like than give away a couple of snowflakes that will end up being recycled. 

 

I haven't made an issue out of it; we'll see what happens.  I suppose if it takes a couple of years before she's willing to give them away, she'll be really good at snowflakes by then!

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Originally Posted by llwr View Post

No, not too late!  We frequently end up doing the Christmas gift crafts last minute, despite my best intentions.

 

So, the latest issue is that DD won't give her snowflakes away!  She loves to make them and leave them lying about, but would rather do the alternative craft that she said she didn't like than give away a couple of snowflakes that will end up being recycled. 

 

I haven't made an issue out of it; we'll see what happens.  I suppose if it takes a couple of years before she's willing to give them away, she'll be really good at snowflakes by then!


Hahahaha, well I guess she likes snowflakes! Maybe you could talk her into a 50/50 deal - make one for herself, make one for a special gift. :-) 

 

post #12 of 16

Not an ornament, but I use snowflakes to make Xmas cards.  A piece of blue construction paper for the sky (folded into 1/4 to fit into an card envelope), a variety of smallish snowflakes, a bottle of irridescent glitter and a glue stick.  I'd put several on the cover and one on the inside.  They were always a huge hit, and no two were ever the same. 

 

When I worked the late shift at a hotel front desk, I used to sit and cut out snowflakes all night during this time of year.  Then I'd glitter them and decorate the lobby.  They're non-religious, and in an area that doesn't actually get snow, a bit of winter cheer - and cheap, which was a hit with the manager.  If you start with an 11x17 sheet of paper, fold it to make a square and cut off the excess.  Take the excess, fold it to make a square, cut, repeat ad nauseum, you wind up with several different sizes of snowflake (same works for legal and letter size, you'll just get a bigger starting flake with the bigger sheet - I used all 3 to make half a dozen different sizes).  A small bottle of glitter has lasted me over 10 years (get the superfine, it's a pain to clean up, but a small pinch scattered over a flake is all it takes), even decorating the hotel lobby 2 (or was it 3?) Decembers in a row.  Some tape (or blue tack if you want to be able to save them), and that's all you need.  To save them get a manila envelope and realize you'll lose a few each year to tears. 

post #13 of 16
Hi, I have tried modpodge and contact paper, you can find a crystal clear variety. I also coat my snowflakes with glitter over the modpodge and they are usually strong enough to hang in a window. I use glitter between the contact paper also. I would like to turn them into christmas tree ornaments as well. I have been researching using resin epoxy. I haven't purchased the supplies yet to try it out. but what I have learned sounds like it will preserve the delicate cutout paper very nicely. Only draw back is for the ones I hang in the window direct sunlight-UV waves will yellow the epoxy. So short of sandwiching between glass I am still looking for a finished looking solution for window hangings. I will post my resin epoxy results once I have tried it.
post #14 of 16
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I ended up getting them laminated and was really happy with the results.  I took them to staples.  Their lamination material was a whole lot thicker than I expected and I think something like 10 snowflakes fit on a big sheet for close to $5.  Cutting them out was a bit of a pain, but that will need to be done with pretty much any method.

post #15 of 16
when you cut them out did the edges stay sealed? Did you cut to shape or in a round. If to shape how close could you get and keep the sealed edge? Thanks
post #16 of 16
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I cut to shape.  Maybe 1/4"?  They're all packed up with the Christmas stuff; I don't really remember.  I went through and cut the inside holes of some of them with an x-acto knife as well.  They looked nice.  This was seriously the sturdiest lamination I've ever seen, nothing like the stuff from school.

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