Second place and Readers’ Choice winner in the 2011 Holiday Crafts Contest: Snowflake garland

Matt McClain/For The Washington Post - Judi Kauffman took about an hour to put together her four-foot beaded garland.

Crafter: Judi Kauffman, 65, of Chevy Chase. She is a graphic designer, illustrator and teacher who works as a freelance craft designer, developing projects for magazines and manufacturers.

What it is: It’s a four-foot beaded garland decorated with gold snowflakes punched from Mylar. The garland is waterproof and can be displayed outdoors.

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How long it took: About an hour.

Inspiration for the craft: “I got the idea while shopping in the bead aisle of A.C. Moore at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. They had all sorts of beads on sale at two strands for $3. I already owned a snowflake punch and I had several packages of gold Mylar Shimmer Sheetz and some snowflake glitter stickers at home. I love stringing beads and really adore anything sparkly.”

How did you get interested in crafts? “My grandfather was a tailor and both my parents were artists. I was always making things to sell in the neighborhood, things like pot holders.”

What other holiday crafts do you do?: “I try to make ornaments that are flat that you can mail in an envelope. I am Jewish so I don’t make them for me. I give them away. ”

Why do you enjoy crafting?: “My response to that would be, ‘Why would anyone not?’ It’s because in a world where everybody is sending a text message that disappears, if you make a craft, it doesn’t disappear.”

 
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