Thankyou to anyone who has voted for my Christmas star over on Folksy - there's still time to vote if you want to check out the entries here (EDIT: voting has now finished).
Today I'd like to properly show off the snowflake curtain seen in the background of my star photo from yesterday - and showing off is absolutely the right phrase as I am dead chuffed with how it turned out!
The story behind this bit of Christmas craftiness is that we're switching from curtains to blinds in our kitchen, and currently have empty windows with the curtain rails and hooks still in place.... I've always loved making paper snowflakes to stick on the inside of our windows at Christmas but our current flat has such old single-glazed windows that we get terrible condensation, making paper snowflakes a no-go. A snowflake curtain seemed the obvious solution :)
The basic idea behind this is super-simple, but it does take some time! I'd heartily recommend it as a way to while away a winter evening or two, and if you've got kids you could get the whole family involved making snowflakes and put the final display together yourself.
All my paper snowflakes were made from folding circles of white paper (cut using an assortment of plates, saucers and cups as templates) and snipping away - you can find lots of tutorials on the internet if you've not made them before. They were sewn together in strands like these oak leaf garlands - just use an ordinary sewing needle and thread and sew several stitches per snowflake. Try and vary the sizes of snowflakes you use to get a "random" look - and I'd recommend hanging up each strand before starting the next one so you can see how they look and build up your display gradually:
I tied them onto the curtain rail hooks so I can move them carefully along the rail for different effects - they look very cool all bunched together - but you could secure them to a rail or piece of string, or use pins or blutack to keep them in place in your window. A few strands hung together would also make a fantastic mobile!
UPDATE: for a similar effect but much less effort, you could make a curtain or mobile using different sizes of white paper doilies for your snowflakes. Follow the instructions for my butterfly + doily curtain but just use lots more doilies instead of butterflies :)
Please feel free to borrow photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial on your site. Thanks!