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Handmade Snowflake Ornament

Updated on October 19, 2017
Handmade Snowflake Ornaments can make great gifts!
Handmade Snowflake Ornaments can make great gifts!

Much easier than it looks

This ornament looks a bit complicated, but it's not really difficult at all. With very little effort anyone as young as 8 or 9 can have fun making this beautiful Christmas ornament. It's pretty amazing what one can do with twelve 1/2" strips of paper or fabric.

Below you'll find detailed instructions with full photos to guide you as you create these lovely ornaments to decorate your home or tree or to give as gifts.

JIELISI 9" Paper Cutter, A5 Portable Scrapbooking Trimmer, Paper Trimmers, Pink
JIELISI 9" Paper Cutter, A5 Portable Scrapbooking Trimmer, Paper Trimmers, Pink

I use this trimmer to slice the six inch squares into 1/2 inch strips. It's quick and easy and travels easily. Once I took this project on the road so my sisters and I could create the snowflakes together.

 

Supplies

To make each ornament you will need:

  • Two different patterns of scrapbook paper, heavy stationary, lightweight cardstock or fabric
  • Scissors
  • Paper Trimmer or Trimming Board (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Craft Bond Glue Stick
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Glue Gun

Preparing to Create the Ornament

Cut the paper or fabric you've chosen into six inch squares. Scrapbooking paper works nicely because it is 12" x 12" enabling you to create four ornaments from each sheet. After you've chosen two patterns or colors, use a craft bond glue stick to completely cover one of the sheets. If you are using fabric, you'll want a thin piece of cardstock cut in 6" squares to glue the fabric on either side.

When you're done you should have a two sided six inch square of fabric or paper. You might also choose white if you'd like the ornament to look more like a snowflake. In which case there is no need to glue two pieces together.

Allow the glue to dry a bit before cutting it especially if you use a liquid adhesive.

Carta Bella Paper Company Christmas Time Collection Scrapbooking Kit
Carta Bella Paper Company Christmas Time Collection Scrapbooking Kit

I truly love using scrapbook paper to make these ornaments. It's perfect because the 12" squares of the scrapbooking paper cut perfectly into four six inch squares. I use two sheets for each ornament and glue them together back to back to make all kinds of interesting patterns. If you want each ornament to be different, cut the paper into six inch squares before you glue them together.

 

Getting Started

Cut the six inch square into twelve 1/2" strips (I use a rotary style cutting board to keep the cut straight. Plus, I often cut the square in half and then cut each half into six strips to make sure they are more even)


Put two strips together (I like to place them with opposite sides up) to create an x.  Put a dot of Elmer's glue at 3" on one and glue them together.
Put two strips together (I like to place them with opposite sides up) to create an x. Put a dot of Elmer's glue at 3" on one and glue them together.
Add one strip on either side of the first one.  The middle one should be under the horizontal strip.  The side ones should be on top of the horizontal strip.
Add one strip on either side of the first one. The middle one should be under the horizontal strip. The side ones should be on top of the horizontal strip.
Add two more strips going the opposite way.  the outside strips should go under the center vertical strip.  (The strips can go in any order, I like this pattern.) Now create a second piece that looks exactly like this one.
Add two more strips going the opposite way. the outside strips should go under the center vertical strip. (The strips can go in any order, I like this pattern.) Now create a second piece that looks exactly like this one.

A Fancy Finish

Before you start this step, decide which side of your ornament you'd like to be the OUTSIDE. This is especially important if you use a pattern other than the one I suggested above. I've made ornaments that had all the strips going the same way, in which I had to make sure the correct side is out.

With the sides you've chosen to be the INSIDE facing you, take the two ends of each corner and bring them together to make a point.  Hot glue holds these the best.
With the sides you've chosen to be the INSIDE facing you, take the two ends of each corner and bring them together to make a point. Hot glue holds these the best.
Over lap the ends creating a pointy loop. You'll do this with all four corners on each of the 2 pieces you created.
Over lap the ends creating a pointy loop. You'll do this with all four corners on each of the 2 pieces you created.
When you are finished the corners will look like loops and the center strips will be left
When you are finished the corners will look like loops and the center strips will be left
Place one side over the other with the center strips of each side matched up with the loops of the other side.
Place one side over the other with the center strips of each side matched up with the loops of the other side.
Put the center strips into each loop and glue them in place.
Put the center strips into each loop and glue them in place.
Ready to place on your tree!
Ready to place on your tree!

The Finished Ornament

Trim off the excess center pieces on each loop.

You can add a string to the top of this ornament
or you could tuck it into the branches of the tree.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Enjoyed seeing this how-to for these snowflake ornaments as I love working with beautiful papers. Thanks for the tutorial. It would be great to see a picture of yours tucked in the tree here.