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The Internet Rescued Me: Helping My Daughter Do a Craft

I’m not very good at doing crafts. It’s not that I can’t do them; it’s just that I don’t enjoy them enough to become any good at it. But every now and then my daughter, well, insists.

We were at a restaurant that had these really awesome big snowflakes that had clearly been made out of the menus. My daughter immediately became fixated.

“Mommy, look at those snowflakes! Aren’t they pretty? How did they make them?” She said, excitedly.

This is where I made a fatal mistake. I said, “I think they made them out of the menus!”

My daughter’s eyes grew big as the snowflakes. “Can we make them?”

That, my friends, is the when I began panicking.

I looked at the snowflakes and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out where to even START.

But, as usual, the Internet saved me.

I snapped a photo with my phone, uploaded it to Instagram, and tweeted it out saying, “Does anyone know how to make these snowflakes?”

Within minutes, nearly a dozen people linked me to some simple and easy tutorials showing me how to make them.

A couple days later, my daughter and I laid out the supplies (um, tape and paper and scissors) and boom: about fifteen minutes later, we had our very own star. In fact, I plan to make some more using card stock. Meanwhile the original star is hanging in my daughter’s room, maybe sagging just a little, but pretty all the same.

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