Saturday, December 17, 2011

Junkmail Snowflakes - Possibility #3 (Finale)

Welcome to the final junkmail snowflake post of 2011. Let us cheer. Rah rah rah!

Okay. Alright. You already know how to make the basic snowflakes, right? I went over that back HERE. So what are these little guys, you may well wonder? Well, they are gift toppers. Use them on a gift in lieu of a bow or ribbon. How did I make them? It is a veritable breeze.

Let us do it.

Tutorial ❈ Junkmail Snowflake Gift Toppers

For this project, you will need: colourful junkmail, a foam meat tray, pair of scissors, hole punch, glue.

Step 1: Start by making two small junkmail snowflakes of similar sizes. My snowflakes measure about 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. Use junkmail in contrasting colours for each snowflake. Note: DO NOT cut away the snowflake apices (the centers of the snowflakes). Press one of the snowflakes with a dry iron. Leave the other snowflake unpressed.

Step 2: Go to your recycling bin and retrieve a foam tray. You know, the kind usually reserved for meat. From the foam, cut out a small doughnut shape. Mine measures about 1/2 inch (~12mm) in diameter. Use your hole punch to punch out the doughnut hole. Save the middle piece of confetti. Now, using your hole punch, widen the hole in the doughnut all the way around. The hole needs to be slightly bigger than the piece of confetti.

Step 3: Glue the doughnut shape to the very center of the pressed snowflake. Glue the confetti piece to the very center of the unpressed snowflake.

Step 4: Apply some glue to the center back of the unpressed snowflake. The glue should cover an area the same size as the doughnut on the other snowflake.

Step 5: Now, place the unpressed snowflake on top of the pressed snowflake so that the confetti is aligned with the doughnut hole. Very gently, press down on the confetti so that it sinks into the doughnut hole slightly. This will cause the snowflake edges to lift up lightheartedly.

Step 6: And there you have it: one completed gift topper. Stick it on a gift and you're golden!

I might have made one or two more...

They're really quite sculptural and interesting, eh?

Goodbye my snowflakes. See you again next year!

Okay, I'm off to clean... um... everything. You have a lovely weekend. ♥M

Previously in this series:
Junkmail Snowflakes: The How-To
Junkmail Snowflakes Possibility #1: Wall Blizzard
Junkmail Snowflakes Possibility #2: Lanterns


  1. Wow, these are lovely and would look great on a Christmas tree! We made some snowflakes and stuck them CD-ROMs. Wish I had seen your tutorial! :-)

  2. Oh its so cute! looks like lace cuttings or fabric :)

  3. hello from France
    I like your site and all your beautiful ideas.

  4. From the first photo, I thought you used scrapbooking brads, but then when I read on I discovered no you - of course - used more recycled materials. You are one clever lady. These are lovely toppers. Have a great weekend.

  5. Love them! Especially the "click it" system is great! :)

  6. These are a-mazing! What an artistic alternative gift bow!

  7. and yet another stunner..a wiz with paper and scissors you are Michele
    **Merry Christmas**

  8. Lovely! Very cute! I like every possibilities, but this third is even more interesting!
    Good work!

  9. You sure those aren't flowers? They are mighty pretty. I want to trade junk mail with you! Yours is prettier! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Aw, Michele - so lovely. Very ingenious use of the styrofoam trays, too! I think they sell foam spacers at craft stores, but I never thought of making your own.

  11. I love this series, such a great idea! Well done!

  12. You make junkmail look so pretty! My husband got the Sunday paper today, so maybe I'll get some gift toppers ready from all those ads....

  13. love these!! My gifts are almost all wrapped...but I still have maybe 1 or 2 more, so there is still time to try this - so lovely! I'm a new reader :) diane

  14. Terri: Here's my junkmail secret... Sshh, don't tell anyone okay? I use the food ads. One of my favourite images to use are the pictures of raw meat. I know it sounds horrible but meat makes the best snowflakes toppers. I'm not even joking. :)

  15. Really pretty! like always. Very happy christmas! Enjoy with your family. Kisses!

  16. Your genius and inspiration never cease to surprise and astound me! Your junk mail snowflake series is no exception. Normally, I would have been turned off by the idea of making snowflakes using junk mail. But your snowflake wall and these gift toppers compel me to give the idea serious thought.

    So beautiful! Well done you!

  17. Hi!

    My family and I are making snowflakes for Sandy Hook on Christmas Eve, so I was googling for some ideas and came across this post. Totally struck by the beauty of these, and I can't wait to share these with the kids in Newtown. <3

  18. These are terrific, but I don't have easy access to the foam—don't eat meat and Seattle has banned styrofoam take-out containers. Any tips for a foam substitute?


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