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When I was little, we would visit my family in Wisconsin and Illinois during the holidays, and we could walk outside in the snow and try to catch snowflakes on our tongues.  Seeing snowflakes reminds me of my family in the Midwest, and always gets me in the mood to decorate for Christmas.  Snowflakes are as beautiful as they are unique…each one is different!

So with that in mind, I’d like to make some snowflakes for Christmas out of recycled products I have around the house.  Grab your empty toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls and cereal boxes.  Why?  Because I will show you how to use all of these leftover products to make these snowflakes for your Christmas décor!  And if you start saving now, you will have lots of rolls just in time to decorate your house for Christmas.

You Will Need:
  • Recycled thin cardboard from around your house – toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls and even cereal boxes.
  • Scissors (or a paper cutter)
  • Hot glue and glue sticks
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scotch tape
  • OPTIONAL: Glitter with spray glue
  • OPTIONAL: Spray glitter
  • OPTIONAL: Acrylic paint or spray paint
  • OPTIONAL: Suction cup hooks and fishing line (or ribbon or twine – up to you!)


  1. If you are using rolls, flatten all of them out. It helps to use your ruler to get them flat.
  2. If you are using cereal boxes, cut the boxes into ½” thick strips.
  3. Cut the rolls into various-sized pieces.
  4. Arrange your cut pieces into shapes to make your snowflake. You can use a bit of your scotch tape to hold it in place while you are finalizing your design.
  5. Once you are happy with your snowflake shape, start gluing them together with your hot glue and hot glue gun.
  6. If you would like to keep them natural color, you are done! But we are going to snaz ours up a bit.
  7. Spray paint your snowflakes white and let them dry.
  8. Either use spray adhesive and glitter, or spray glitter to add a little sparkle to them and set aside to dry.
  9. If you would like to hang these in a window, use your suction cup holders and attach them to the glass. Add fishing line or twine to the snowflake and hang it on the hook.
  10. Sit back and enjoy your new snowflake window design! (Though you can put these anywhere in your home!) If you ever need to replace your windows, check out


  1. If you want to play around with the design of the snowflake (remember each snowflake is unique and different) use a bit of scotch tape or painters tape to hold it together during the design process. That way, you can change it and change it until you get the perfect design.
  2. If you are just using toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls and wrapping paper rolls, it might be nice to leave them natural. If you are using cereal boxes, however, you will need to paint over the writing from the cereal.
  3. You can use those suction cups all over the house – not just windows, so feel free to place them anywhere – you could even replace the wreath on your front door with one of these.
  4. If you want to make smaller versions, you could hang them on your tree.
  5. Start storing them up now! By Christmas, you will have lots of leftover rolls to make tons of snowflakes!
  6. To make the cutting of the rolls easier, you can use a paper cutter if you have one!

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