Call it "theme and variation" but after a bit of experimentation I think I've found what these crochet snowflakes were meant for: cotton twine. I absolutely love them made out of this material! They look so rich--like linen or hemp or flax--yet so humble. And this is a perfect shade of "natural."
I just used regular hardware store twine (which I actually bought at the grocery store), this pattern, a J-hook, and a little more patience than working with yarn.
I made five to start with and am making a garland by stringing them on the twine. (I used a tapestry needle to weave the twine through the middles and then back across the tops so they don't flop over.)
But I also thought they would look fabulous appliqued on an angora pillow--wouldn't they?
And definitely as a present-topper, especially with some burlap.