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Paper Snowflakes

Updated on May 1, 2014

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)

pretty paper snowflakes
pretty paper snowflakes

(photo: wallygrom via photopin cc)

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.

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.

Martha Stewart Crafts M232301 Himalayan Snowflake Punch, Punches 1-3/4-Inch, Large
Martha Stewart Crafts M232301 Himalayan Snowflake Punch, Punches 1-3/4-Inch, Large

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?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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      mandoubt 4 years ago

      I love paper snowflakes, they look so pretty!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      In celebration of Friendship Day 2012, I am returning to some of my favorite lenses for fun, sharing and renewed blessings :) Friends Still Make it All Worthwhile!

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      awesomedealz4u 5 years ago

      Lovely snowflakes!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I adore snowflakes! Blessed!

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens, I love the snowflakes. Thumbs up!

      Thanks for visiting, squidliking, and for taking the time to comment on my lens. That's very nice. Thanks again and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      LOVED making paper snowflakes. Should do it again soon.

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      NickyT LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for this fun lens with complete instructions.

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      pianolessongirl 6 years ago

      I love making paper snowflakes! Thanks for the reminder that I better get on that! =)

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      Eileen 6 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Thanks for this lens .... so creative ! Will make this some time

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      seosmm 6 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      I love this lens. My childhood was full of paper snowflakes and I introduced them to my children when they were very little. It's paper snowflake time of year again.

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      I love to make paper snowflakes. Sometimes it becomes a bit of a blizzard. Nice lens.

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      Love the Zazzle products with the snowflakes.

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      Must send this page to my daughter. She has three kids who love to cut out snowflakes.

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      What a cute idea for holiday decorations! Simple and easy.

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Kids love to make snowflakes... great activity for grandchildren!

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      Pretty cool ideas. We hung glittery snowflakes up one year and it took us a few years to finally get rid of all the glitter out of the rugs - I like your paper ones much better. Congratulations on making the list of The Best Squidoo Intros Ever!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Love this lens especially the great intro. Congrats for making The Best Squidoo Intros Ever list

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Angel blessed! Congratulations on an excellent lens! :)

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      MagpieNest 7 years ago

      Lovely. I remember making snowflakes as a kid. We've already made some snowflakes this year. We'll be making more I'm sure.

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      kougar lm 7 years ago

      I loved making paper snowflakes with my kids. I am going to buy paper tomorrow and make some myself. ;)

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      caketech 7 years ago

      I used to make paper snowflakes a lot when I was a kid. I think it is time to make some with my kids!

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      Rorik 7 years ago

      Great lens on the subject! Take care Rorik@TheTruthAboutAll.com.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      we love making paper snowflakes!

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      These look great. And they're so much fun to do.

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      Cool Lens! I love making paper snowflakes.

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      WritingforYourW 7 years ago

      I remember making these as a kid. It's pretty cool that you can get such creative shapes just randomly snipping things here and there.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      These are really neat! I checked out several of the links above too. Awesome!

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I would love to make paper snowflakes for next Christmas, thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. (:

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      Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      This is wonderful, I used to love to make these. Like snowflakes each is unique and individual. Great lens!

      Linda

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      TanyaWhaley 7 years ago

      Very interesting information! Thanks for sharing. 5***** and Favorited.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow these are truly great holiday ideas

      AND THEY'RE CHEAP!!

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      @myraggededge: yep, same here--tall person, check; store in book, check ;) now the holidays are over, though, our snowflakes are once again fair game as nerf gun targets...so you can see why we have to make some fresh ones annually!

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      We always have paper snowflakes - they are so cheap and easy. Didn't have to make any this year as we had plenty. We always get the tall person to take them down and store them in side the pages of a book. I love your idea with birds and butterflies too!

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      We've been making paper snowflakes ever since my daughter knew how to make one. We paste the snowflakes on the Christmas cards and on the gifts that we wrapped together. The cards and gifts become more special because of the effort we have spent on the paper snowflakes. 5*

      Hope you could visit my lenses and be a fan of my fb page. Thanks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a sweet idea for a lens. I've been making paper snow flakes with my grandchild.

      Merry Christmas to You and Happy New Year! Blessed by a Squid Angle!

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      @Shibamom LM: Awesome! My kids would love the dancing snowflake thing, for sure! May have to try & arrange that in our house. Of course the cat may end up jumping at those dancing 'flakes ;)

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      Shibamom LM 8 years ago

      After discovering your lens, my kids have been making paper snowflakes. Last night we began hanging them with ribbon at different levels behind the sofa. When the heater comes on, it blows air down on the snowflakes making them dance around just like it's snowing! How cool! My kids love it, especially since we rarely seen snow here in NC. Thanks!

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      @Virginia Allain: lol! some things are better offline, I think ;) thx for stopping by!

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      Virginia Allain 8 years ago from Central Florida

      Paper snowflakes are fun. You can also make them online (but not hang them around the house).

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      sheriangell 8 years ago

      What a beautiful lens with great ideas. My daughters are really going to enjoy this new tradition you helped bring to our home.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 8 years ago

      A beautiful lens with an idea I haven't thought of since childhood. I have a feeling there will be a few snowflakes hanging around my house this year. Thanks for sharing!

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      happynutritionist 8 years ago

      What a fun idea, makes me miss having young ones around...will have to get in touch with my inner child:-) 5stars ~claudia

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      It's so much fun to make snowflakes!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is a fun craft that I really enjoy! :) Great Zazzle products!

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      This is a lovely idea and one that I have enjoyed doing with my children as well. Love the Happy Holidays sign and your Zazzle products. May you and your family enjoy a wonderful and prosperous Holiday Season!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      What a cool idea! I always let my kids put their artwork up and down the hall for décor but this is even better! 5* and blessed.

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      @jgelien: Awww! I love that story!

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      jgelien 8 years ago

      One year when the kids were tiny we had a real Charlie Brown tree. It was oddly shaped and had gigantic empty spaces everywhere. I made huge paper plate sized paper snowflakes and hung them all over the tree and in every gap. It turned out to be one of the most beautiful trees we had ever had. I love all your snowflake ideas.

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      oztoo lm 8 years ago

      Great craft and the kids love making them. I like your Zazzle products too.

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      What a wonderful idea. I used to make these as a child. Now I will have to show my children this as I know they would love to make them too.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Wonderful Holiday craft idea! Blessed by an angel!

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      @clouda9 lm: Well, at least Halloweeen was only a few weeks ago...our snowflakes are a year old! (blushing) Not sure what happened this year, but I think it might have had something to do with a Squidoo addiction?? :P Thx so much for the comment :)

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Clever, funny and oh so true story - thought for a sec you were talking about me...although it would be the Halloween plaque still hanging in the kitchen that actually made me smile the other day.