Rolled Paper Snowflakes

paper roll snowflake decoration

When I saw this toilet paper tube star garland on Creative Jewish Mom, I knew my 3 year old would enjoy it. We didn’t have any toilet paper rolls on hand, so I improvised with what we had.

chipboard tube snowflakeWe made them from a chipboard box (very sturdy, just like toilet paper/loo rolls) and from construction paper (not so sturdy, but it worked well too).

chipboard tube snowflakeI cut the front off a box of yummy cookies, and then cut that in half.

chipboard tube snowflakeThen I stapled them right up like a toilet paper roll.

chipboard tube snowflakeNext, I cut vertical strips to about 1/2″ from the bottom.

chipboard tube snowflakeSpread them all out to reveal a starburst or snowflake.

chipboard tube snowflakeAnd then added glitter glue to make them a bit fancy.

Before we bought the cookies, we tried this out with construction paper using the same process.

paper roll snowflake decorationAnd we hung them from the ceiling with a couple feet of baker’s twine.

paper roll snowflake decorationThey’re a bit wobbly compared to their chipboard box cousins, but my 3 year old is quite pleased with the results.

Because I’m sure it’s the same for many of you, it’s a busy time at Casa Tinkerlab. I’m half-way through sewing an elf costume (it’s the only thing my 3 year old has asked me for this season!), cookies are cooling in the kitchen, and homemade sugar scrubs are in the works. I plan to slow down on the posts through the end of the year. But do check back because I have a few more ideas in the hopper before the end of 2011.

How are you getting busy on these days of early winter? What are you making?


{If you haven’t had a chance to read my interview about setting up a kids art space with the inspiring Jean Van’t Hul of The Artful Parent, take a look today, and leave a comment by 9 pm PST to be entered into the giveaway.}


  1. Jena @ HappyLittleMesses says

    you have made me hungry for those dark chocolate dipped shortbread cookies that are already sold out at our local trader joe’s.  sweet snowflakes.

    • Rachelle says

      Hee hee. They’re yummy, Rashmie. Maybe I need to mail you a box (I’m assuming you don’t have TJ’s in India?)?!

  2. says

    These are great! I saw these too and thought about making them.  I like how you made your own tube material! We made flowers like this and added sticks for stems ages ago, but maybe make some more and add the spangles.  I hope to slow down too…..we shall see. We need a break! Congrats for being mentioned in the Naeyc Magazine… rock!

    • Rachelle says

      Oh, adding stems to make flowers is a great idea, Melissa. I think we have a spring activity in the works! I also hope you can find a way to slow down. When you’re the kind of person who likes making stuff, the work can be endless!

    • rachelle says

      Hi Stephanie!
      I’ve learned that improvisation is at the center of my parenting style! I love going with the flow and following my kids’ lead (most of the time!). Look forward to meeting you in person soon!


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