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To make a paper ornament, you will need:

Step 1: Cut the pages into strips

Cut the book pages vertically into one-inch strips, using the ruler as a guide. Story recommends layering a few pages to speed up this step.

Step 2: Create the Snowflake Arms

Overlap the strips and then loop them on themselves so that the two ends touch. This will be your main loop. Repeat this process but reduce the next loop. Continue in this manner to create six more smaller loops that will hug the main loop with three on each side, like a branch. Secure each snowflake arm with a small rubber band to hold it in place. Cut off the excess paper at the bottom. Repeat this step until you have created six snowflake arms.

Step 3: Create the center

Take a few layers of paper and roll them tightly into a cylinder to create the center circle of the snowflake. Use a small rubber band to hold it in place.

Step 5: Attach the arms

Hot glue the arms of the snowflake to the circle. An important point: hot glue can break rubber bands. “I found that adding a little glue and then letting it cool slightly before pressing it down the center helped keep the strips intact,” says Story.

Step 6: Add some shine

Spray the outer edges of the snowflake with spray glue and cover with glitter. Story recommends having a paper plate under your project to collect the extra glitter. You can fold this plate and put the excess back in your glitter container to reuse for another project.

Woven coasters

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Sarahli Wilcox, of Hauz & Cie., was inspired by her travels to Mexico and Arizona to tinker with patterned wool coasters. “After researching alternatives to the loom, I came across a cardboard loom,” says the Phoenix-based designer. “From there, I knew I had all the material at home.” She made a woven coaster tutorial which goes well with seasonal libations, such as a cup of hot cocoa or mulled wine. Wilcox recommends natural fiber yarns such as cotton or wool. These can withstand the heat and are excellent insulators.

To make a woven coaster, you will need:

Step 1: create the loom

Cut a cardboard box to the following size: 15 x 11 inches.

Step 2: Create a guide

Mark a one-inch border on all sides to help center the coaster and cut the loom slots.

Step 3: Draw the outline

Draw a four-by-five-inch rectangle in the center to form a coaster outline.

Step 4: cut the slits

Now that you have the outline of the border and the coaster, cut the loom slits to half a centimeter wide. This will help you keep the coasters aligned so you don’t overtighten the weave and possibly break your loom or warp the project.

Step 5: Weave the pattern

For the coaster, follow this simple pattern: use the yarn to thread a layered pattern. Alternate the pattern on the next row. “If you decide to create a pattern, always start in the middle and work your way down to the outline of your coaster,” says Wilcox. “That way you know how to space each row in your design and how many rows it took.” Wilcox recommends using the peg and fork to speed up the process. “The crotch will help you tighten or loosen your weave,” she says.

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“Getting started with screen printing doesn’t cost too much and it’s a great way to express your creativity,” says Read Island, a creative based in Liverpool, England, who creates accessible screen printing tutorials, like the one below. “I have personally made countless gifts using screen printing.”


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