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How To Make A Snowstorm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA friend of mine visiting from the tropics wanted, more than anything, to see snow. Unfortunately, he was visiting during the Thanksgiving holiday when snow in New York (while possible) is unlikely. Not wanting to disappoint him, I set to work on “approximating” the effect. As is my rule around the holidays, the project had to be simple, inexpensive, and fun.

For anyone wishing to duplicate my efforts, I offer this low-skill, high-impact project that is sure to surprise your guests (or your family) and help put you all in the spirit of the season (even if the weather refused to cooperate.

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1.) Simple multiuse labels (1″ diameter circles) and some dental floss are the only supplies needed to create a winter wonderland.

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2.) Begin by attaching the end of the dental floss to the adhesive side of a label.

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3.) Place a second label over the first, sandwiching the dental floss between the two.

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4.) Continue adding more disks, randomly spacing them along the length of dental floss until you have a strand of the desired length. Continue making strands until you have the quantity you need to achieve a snowy effect. (Tip: this is an activity that requires very little attention to detail; consequently, you can make them while idly watching a television program. You’ll have a blizzard on your hands in no time.)

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5.) Ten strands, hung close together, will fill a window with a modest flurry.

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6.) The slightest breeze will cause your “snowflakes” to move, subtly animating a room. This is especially effective by candlelight in a dining room.

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7.) For a small guest room, I hung roughly 80 strands. It was wildly impractical, perhaps, but the outburst of unbridled joy it elicited in my guest was well worth the time I put into the project.

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