Deck your halls in a flash, almost for free
Thwack. Thwack. My husband looked up from the Sunday paper. "I think we're gonna need some new paper snowflakes."
Our existing multicolored snowflakes, hanging high in a row between living and dining rooms, have seen better days. Target practice (thwack = nerf darts on paper) is the latest insult, compounding sun damage and a light coating of dust.
Never a model family for seasonal home decor--or housekeeping, for that matter--we usually just manage a bunch of these hand-cut paper snowflakes each winter. Then in spring we switch 'em out with paper butterflies and birds. The kids cut, and I hang the results on ribbons of varying lengths. It's simple, cheap, pretty, and draws a surprising number of compliments. But this was a busy year. The birds and butterflies never got made. And we never did (gasp!) take down those paper snowflakes from the previous year.
Solution? Pull out a stack of colored paper. Finish or ignore homework. Start cutting some fresher, newer flakes. :-)
(image above: my own)
How do you make a paper snowflake?
What I do is just pull out a soup bowl from the kitchen and trace it onto a piece of cardboard. I cut that out and use it as a template, tracing circles on many sheets of colored paper. I cut all those out and leave them in a stack on the dining room table. The kids are free to cut the circles into snowflakes whenever the mood hits them.
All they need to do to make a snowflake is fold the circle of paper in half for a semicircle, then fold again for a quarter-circle and (if they choose) go one fold further for an eighth-circle. They cut little notches and details then, and unfold to see their finished creations....which go, next, between the pages of a large book for flattening. When the book is full of snowflakes, I take them out, attach to pieces of ribbon, and hang them up.
Paper snowflake templates, patterns & instructions
I've always thought the beauty of paper snowflakes is their uniqueness. Because you cut each one a bit differently, no two end up the same--just like real snowflakes. Using templates can diminish the uniqueness aspect, but you can build in variation by using different paper colors.
- Paper snowflake patterns
Templates for 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12-sided snowflakes.
- Paper snowflake cards
Give these, or use to decorate your house.
E-snowflakes to save or print
- For the advanced flake-maker...
A tutorial on creating more intricate, "themed" paper snowflakes.
- Simple paper snowflakes
Basic instructions and visuals for a cute, kid-friendly design
- Paper snowflakes group on flickr
Ooh, pretty photos. Great inspiration!
- Make a cool 3D paper snowflake
Short video tutorial from youtube. Hang these on your tree.
- Another youtube video: folding tips
An easy way to improve your traditional (flat) paper snowflakes
They're not just for winter!
The little snowflakes that could :-)
After the kids cut this little trio of paper snowflakes from colored tissue paper, we translated it into a range of products for Karate Kat Graphics, our online shop that benefits Save the Children. It's turned out to be one of the most versatile designs we've worked with, and the address label is a bestseller.
If your cutting hand gets tired .... use this snowflake paper punch to make beautiful little flakes for cards, albums & more.
Any paper snowflake memories to share?