We made these fun snowflake prints after reading Snowflake Bentley. Since Wilson Bentley spent so much of his life photographing snowflakes, I thought it was a perfect activity to make snowflake prints so the kids could see the variance in different snowflakes.
From the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley’s enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful.
We started by making several snowflakes. I cut a sheet of paper in fourths to get 4 snowflakes out of each paper. After we made the snowflakes we used small pieces of masking tape to tape them down to our cardstock background. We chose dark colors for our background and used light blue paint to print the snowflakes.
I showed the boys how to dab the paint onto the snowflakes with a sponge brush and then had them dab around the snowflakes to cover the paper. We sprinkled glitter all over our snowflakes too.
After the paint was completely dry, we carefully peeled the snowflakes off to reveal the prints.
The snowflakes themselves turned out stunning as well with the blue paint dabbed on them and the glitter all over them. We decided to glue them onto paper to make a pretty snowflake collage. I think these would look awesome strung together and hung across a mantle.