Coffee filter snowflakes for Newtown


I wasn’t planning on posting again today, but I had to share this post with you. This morning my kids and I created coffee filter snowflakes that we will be sending to Connecticut. The school boards in CT have gathered together and will be creating a winter wonderland for the children when they return. They need our help! This is such a simple act of service, that I think we can all get involved with. These snowflakes are simple to make and are very inexpensive. My kids loved making these and I think yours will too. Please read the official e-mail below.

Here is the message I received:

“National PTA and the Connecticut PTSA pledge our unwavering support to the Newtown community. In the past few days, we have met with PTA leaders of all of the schools in Newtown, including the Sandy Hook PTA, and community leaders who have requested our help in supporting the families. For those of us who are looking to be of assistance in the aftermath, we share the following projects in need of your support:


Welcome Students to a Winter Wonderland

When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible. We encourage senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. Please make and send snowflakes by January 12, 2013 to the Connecticut PTSA address at the end of this email.

Donating and Organizing Fundraisers for Sandy Hook Elementary School

Donations will be accepted indefinitely to the Connecticut PTSA “Sandy Hook Fund” to provide ongoing support to the community. Please send checks to the Connecticut PTSA address listed at the end of this email. Group fundraising projects may include walk-a-thons, spirits days, pajama days, etc., which may be scheduled at your convenience.

For student-run coin drives, please submit all donations by February 14, 2012.

The Newtown community has requested only monetary donations at this time. For service or product donation inquiries, please contact To contact Sandy Hook PTA, please email

Please send all snowflakes and donations to:  
Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514

Here is how I made my coffee filter snowflakes. They are very simple to make. You can find coffee filters at the Dollar Store. You could also just use plain white paper. Get creative!

All you do is fold your coffee filter in half and then in half again. Fold it in half one more time and then cut out shapes on the outer edge.  You could even dip dye your snowflakes or add glitter for a fun effect!

Once your snowflakes are finished mail them to the address below. Feel free to share this post with your friends to help spread the word.

Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Stephanie posted on December 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm (#

    What an awesome idea! And a simple way to put some smiles on those children’s faces! How sweet of your family!

  2. Shirley posted on December 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm (#

    Absolutely 100% doing this. Calling hubs to pick up a package of coffee filters. Can we send a check donation with the snowflakes? (Also, did it say what/who to write the checks out to?) Thanks for posting this! I’m all the way down in Georgia, but I so wanted a way to encourage the kids (and teachers/families) who survived. Especially the children…. Thanks!

  3. Kristina posted on December 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm (#

    What a perfect idea!!! I am doing this with my family!! I also sent an email to my kids schools to see if they can join in too!!! If everyone got their schools to help they will have a ton of snowflakes in no time!!!

    Thanks for sharing the idea!!

  4. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on December 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm (#

    This is wonderful! Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

  5. Krista posted on December 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm (#

    This is bringing tears to my eyes.. Just emailed my daughters teacher to see if we could make some for the collection.. What a fantastic idea!

  6. Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life posted on December 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm (#

    Thank you for sharing this. I will be doing this with the kids this weekend. I wanted to share a blog post about this on my blog. Is it okay to link back to you to give my readers all of the information they need?

    • Jamielyn@iheartnaptime posted on December 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm (#

      Yes for sure!! The more people that get involved the better.

  7. Abbey posted on December 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm (#

    Amazing idea. I’ve shared it and also emailed it to my son’s daycare owner who has three daycares in the area. We’ll send some from our household for sure.

  8. Lisa posted on December 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm (#

    What a wonderful idea, so doing this! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on December 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm (#

    Thanks for this idea! My daughter made a huge stack tonight and I’m going to mail them tomorrow. :)

  10. Bianca posted on December 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm (#

    We will be sending some snowflakes for Newton and Sandy Hook Elementary all the way from Australia. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  11. Demetria @ Christian Homeschool Moms posted on December 19, 2012 at 12:41 am (#

    Thanks, what a cool idea to use coffee filters for snowflakes. I think we’ll try it this week. (My kids will enjoy it!)

  12. bettijo @ posted on December 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm (#

    I love this so much — just shared it on our blog.

  13. antonella posted on December 19, 2012 at 6:32 am (#

    This is such a great idea! I have shared this information with my friends who will also spread the word! My heart breaks every time I think about it!
    antonella :-)

  14. Gabby posted on December 19, 2012 at 9:02 am (#

    What a beautiful and touching idea! I just emailed my daughter’s teacher about this to see if she would like her students to make their own for the Sandy Hook students. Thanks for sharing!

  15. lynn posted on December 19, 2012 at 7:22 am (#

    We have a school cancellation day today due to a beautiful winter snowstorm here in New Brunswick Canada. I always try to use this day as a craft day with my kids. So we invited another child over to to make these with us. They are so beautiful! Can’t wait to send them.

  16. Kelly posted on December 19, 2012 at 8:09 am (#

    Thanks, Jamielyn…I’ve pinned this to help get the word out. It’s so awesome. :)

  17. eva scott posted on December 19, 2012 at 8:32 am (#

    Thank you so much for making us aware of this. My family will definitely be making some snowflakes this week.

  18. Jenae posted on December 19, 2012 at 9:21 am (#

    I think we’ll be laminating ours as well, so they’re a little bit mor edurable. :)

    • Jenae posted on December 19, 2012 at 9:22 am (#

      I couldn’t see what I was typing…that should say *a little more durable. :)

  19. Angel posted on December 19, 2012 at 10:20 am (#

    I work at a career school and we will be sending our snowflakes to new town.

  20. amanda posted on December 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm (#

    Thank you so very much for sharing. We have been praying as a family about how we can help these sweet people. :'(

    My kiddos and I will be getting busy on snowflakes TONIGHT!


  21. Rachel Mower posted on December 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm (#

    Love this. Thanks for sharing. Just sent out mass email to my ward to help join in the cause!! :)

  22. Nancy Canevari posted on December 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm (#

    What a fabulous idea and I will be thrilled to participate. Those little ones will need as much joy as we can give them. Thanks for coming up with this ever so simple idea!

  23. LIa Mack posted on December 21, 2012 at 10:29 am (#

    Great idea and thank you so much for sharing!

    If you’d like to do something special tonight in remembrance, please light the night:

    20 Little Luminaries – A Way to Remember Those Lost in the Connecticut School Tragedy

  24. Kristin B. posted on January 13, 2013 at 8:06 am (#

    I watched CBS News Sunday Morning today. They had a short segment on the snowflakes for Sandy Hook. It was absolutely beautiful. They received such an overwhelming response (tractor trailers full of snowlakes!!) that they are going to decorate every school in the district. They received snowflakes not just from across the country, but internationally as well! Thank you for sharing the information!

    • Jamielyn posted on January 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm (#

      That is awesome! I will have to watch it online. Such a wonderful community we have!