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Handmade Snowflake Ornament

Updated on September 22, 2015
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

This trimmer or something similar is extremely helpful when cutting the strips.

 

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.

Put two strips together with opposite sides up
Put two strips together with opposite sides up
Add two more strips going each way.
Add two more strips going each way.
The strips can go in any order, I like this pattern.
The strips can go in any order, I like this pattern.

Getting Started

1. 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)




2. You'll need to decide how you want you finished pattern to look. My favorite pattern begins with placing two strips together with opposite sides facing up. Put a bit of Elmer's glue at 3" on both strips and hold them together for a moment. (If you are using paper, this will dry faster than you think, be prepared to move it where you want it quickly)



3. Now basket weave four more strips around these center two. Create a contrasting pattern going both ways. Be sure to glue the ornament at every weave.




4. Repeat the pattern with the other six strips and allow the glue to dry for a few minutes.



Take the two ends of each corner and bring them together to make a point.
Take the two ends of each corner and bring them together to make a point.
Over lap the ends creating a pointy loop.
Over lap the ends creating a pointy loop.
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.

To Make it Fancy

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.





  1. With the INSIDE of the ornament facing you take any two corners and overlap them using a glue gun to hold them together. I recommend you try this step with no glue to make sure the loop looks like the photo. Make sure the loop points out and looks kind of like a flower. Otherwise the ornament won't work correctly.











  2. Repeat Step one with all four corners on each side. The four center strips on each side will be sticking out.
  3. Lay one half of the ornament over the other half with insides together. Place each loop over the center strip of the other side.





  4. Slide the center strips into the loops of the opposite side.








  5. Use the glue gun to glue the center strips to the opposite loops. It's OK if the ends hang over a bit. If you like the ornament to be a bit puffy, you can put the ends closer to the edge of the loop with less hanging over
  6. Use scissors to trim the extra pieces of the center strips off.

Ready to place on your tree!
Ready to place on your tree!

The Finished Ornament

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

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

Scrapbooking paper works wonderfully for these ornaments.

 

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      RTalloni 19 months 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.

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