- 'Tinsel stems' or sparkly pipe cleaners
- Assortment of Beads (with a hole large enough to put a pipe cleaner through.
- Nylon fishline, slim silver elastic cording, or narrow ribbon
- Tinsel stems are generally 12 inches long; cut them in half. You'll need 3 pieces, 6 inches long, for each snowflake.
- Twist two stems together, at center, and twist the third stem tight around that.
- Choose 6 pretty beads that would look especially good clustered in the center (almost like a flower). Slide one bead on one of the points of the snowflake, and then think of how you want your pattern to go from there.
- As long as you keep the pattern consistent, with all six points matching, anything goes -- after all, no two snowflakes are alike.
- When you are within about ½ inch of each end, it's time to fasten off. Carefully twist the tinsel stem under and around the last bead; this prevents beads from falling off! One point will invariably be Slightly longer than the others, and that's a good one to attach your tie/loop/ribbon to. Simply bend the tinsel stem over your tie/loop/ribbon just before fastening off.