With November underway, we’ve been thinking about winter, snow and of course, the holidays. We had a bout of really cold weather the other week, so we stayed inside, hosted a birthday party for K’s stuffed bunny pal (BFFs since birth), drank hot cocoa and started our first “winter” craft. Funny enough, we were back in t-shirts this week, which seems so nutty for it being November, but hey, I’m not complaining! I’m absolutely loving this gorgeous weather and taking it all in, since I know that soon enough, flurries will be upon us and then we’ll be knee deep in the cold white stuff. I am so happy with the way this watercolour snowflake mobile turned out and K cannot wait to hang it up in his bedroom. It’s a simple craft that combines art/painting and a little bit of crafting. And while I’m all for kids crafts, there’s nothing like giving them free range when a paintbrush and a piece of paper. So an activity combining the two is my favourite kind. This watercolour snowflake mobile is so easy and could easily be adapted with different shapes to make it perfect for any season.
Watercolour Snowflake Mobile Craft
- Watercolour Paper (or regular paint paper if you’re using acrylics)
- Watercolour Paints (you can also use acrylics if you prefer)
- Yarn or string
- Hot glue gun
- Small branch or piece of driftwood, or large twig (ours was approximately 1 inch thick and 16 inches long).
- Start by painting. We used just blue paint on white paper and K covered one entire page and then did some more abstract work on another. Let the paintings dry.
- Print off your snowflake stencils if you are using some. You can also just freehand draw some or even cut them out. We used these free snowflake printables from What Mommy Does.
- Once the paintings are dry, place your snowflake stencils on the paper and trace some out. Or cut them out if you’re just doing it by hand. I ended up with 6 snowflakes in total.
- Cut out your pieces of string or yarn. I used two different lengths to alternate. You can cut these any lengths you prefer, but make sure you cut half one length and the other half a shorter length. I cut 3 pieces at 10 inches long and 3 pieces at 5 inches long.
- Start by tying each piece of yarn/string around your branch. Make sure they are spaced evenly apart, alternating a short piece with a long piece.
- Next, turn all your snowflakes over to the non-painted side. Dab a tiny dot of glue on the back and attach the end of a piece of yarn to each one. We used two different snowflake templates and alternated the style for each piece of yarn.
- Cut your piece of twin, approximately 10 inches. Tie each end to either end of your branch.
- You’re done! This looks beautiful hung up on a simple small nail inside.