This is one of the best all time winter traditions I do with my son and his friends each year. There are so many great lessons to be learned through this beautiful craft. Not to mention, they make awesome gifts!
Sometimes my son, or one of his friends, will ask if I will allow them to stand on a kitchen chair and give a gentle push to the kitchen chandelier. The crystal snowflakes cause rainbows of light to joyfulyl dance all over our kitchen walls and ceiling. Truly, it is magical! It's like a little bit of heaven comes down when the bright afternoon sun hits these crystal snowflakes. And if you look at the photo below you can see mini rainbows on my sons sweater. That's what happens in our kitchen times twelve! It's like a visual celebration or party on our walls!
But, along with being a special yearly memory, there are also deep truths these snowflakes hold. A yearly tradition is to talk about the secrets of the snowflakes. The snowflakes are quiet declarations of the unique value and beauty in every single soul. I am guessing I have around 30 snowflakes and I have probably made around 70 of them over the years. I never tire of making them, giving them as gifts or gazing upon their beauty. We never tire of looking at them and studying the diverse beauty and uniqueness of each snowflake.
Each one is intriguing and captivating in a different way. They each are knit together with love and thought. They are evidence of loving hands that thoughtfully and patiently put them together. And when sunlight hits them it is a reminder of the power hidden in our lives when God's flows through us and spread rainbow lights of His love all around us.
The snowflakes remind me each year that I want to stay in a place close to God, so that His love and light can shine through me.... spreading God's colors wherever I go! I want to bring joy like the snowflakes do to those who see their magical rainbow dance in kitchen.
Making these with my son has become a yearly tradition. We love making them together. And they make awesome gifts for family and teachers! The snowflake he made last year is the green and red one below.
You are carefully, lovingly and wonderfully made by a loving God! He cherishes you! He delights in you and adores you! He has a purpose for you life! These are truths that the snowflakes teach us, and we can teach our children each year at Christmas.
If you take the journey into making a beautiful snowflake, whether on your own, with your family, my prayer is that the Lord speaks deeply to you of your incredible value and worth. May your heart savor the truth that you are fashioned by a loving Father. And He hears every whispered prayer.
Always remember, you are a masterpiece... a priceless work of art,
p.s. On my "favorite supplies" page you can find the link to purchase the wire snowflake frames on the tab at the top of the page. I find most of my beads when they are on sale at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Make the arms of each snowflake one at a time and finish with super glue on the last 3-4 beads. Then repeat the pattern on each "arm" one at a time. If you don't finish one arm and glue it before turning the snowflake to put on new beads, your beads will fall off. Have fun making memories and celebrating each unique and precious "snowflake" creating with you!