I was looking up how to cut snowflakes because I couldn’t remember quite how to fold them. I have a friend who was never taught how to make them and I thought that it would be fun to show up at her door one day with paper and scissors and just sit and cut!
It occurred to me that I have milk filters, and those might work well for making snowflakes.
I have no idea how I put those milk filters and snowflakes together, but I did. Cross-wired brain, I guess!
I tried washing my milk filters a few months ago. I put them in the dishwasher with plastic clothes clips on them to hold them upright on the cup pegs on the top rack. I set the dishwasher for the sanitize cycle. I don’t usually re-use them, but I was down to my last two and I wasn’t sure when I was going to get to the farm supply store, so I thought I would give washing them a try. They came out clean and re-usable, and probably more sanitized than when they came out of the box!
Last night I decided to wash a few more, and see if they would work for snowflakes.
Yup! They do!
|Milk filter snowflake.
They were easier to cut than paper, which surprised me a little. I’m sure that they will do much better on the windows, too. Our windows tend to collect moisture, and the paper snowflakes get all gloopy. I am almost tempted to try dying them before I cut them with some blue sharpie markers and alcohol, just to see how pretty that might be!
|Here’s my opened box of milk filters.
I’ll be washing milk filters all week to save enough for snowflakes! Then I’ll stop by my friends with some scissors and re-cycled milk filters to teach her how to cut snowflakes.
Here’s a video that shows how to use Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol to dye.
I think small hobby farmers are always on the lookout for a way to re-use things that are normally disposable. I don’t think we live especially ‘green’, but I am surprised at how many things we re-use compared to others we know.