Sunday, January 24, 2010

Families Need Respect, Love & Compassion

"Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities."

As you can see, we are talking about parts of this line from The Family Proclamation each day.

I saw these paper chain snowflakes on some craft site,
but I didn't save the link, so regretfully,
I have no one to attribute this to.

But when I saw these snowflakes online,
I thought that they were rather striking,
and was excited to make them with my children
this morning before church.

I call these paper chain snowflakes, because you basically start off like you are going to make a paper chain. You just connect them differently. Using scrapbook paper, some plain and some double-sided, I cut ten strips about 8.5 x less than 2 inches.
Then my son stapled them into circles.
We stapled, because it was the quickest way, but you could also glue them.

Next you flatten each circle.
Then take five flattened rings
and staple them together
near what will be the center of your snowflake.

Last, staple the remaining five flattened rings
in between the first five,
creating a second ring around your snowflake.

In order to tie this craft in with the lesson, you might choose to write the words "faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities" on the rings before you assemble your snowflake, and talk about how these individual principles enhance the family unit.

You can hang your snowflakes or stand them up on a shelf.
Put a few together, and they make a nice centerpiece.
My kids were very excited to give theirs to their
Primary and Nursery leaders today at church.


  1. you've got a book to publish with all your good ideas. such creativity...

  2. Hi it's me again. Your sister, Dawn Mercedes, commented on my blog. It sounds like we live right by each other. I actually used to be in her stake. I was wondering if you knew the best way I could contact her?


  3. I am totally going to use this tonight for my FHE..we are going to incorporate it with our honesty lesson! Thanks so much for all you wonderful ideas!