How to Make Paper Snowflakes
A great winter or Christmas craft to make with kids, you can let it snow inside by creating your very own wintry flurry of paper snowflakes.
There is something magical about creating art from paper. Paper snowflakes are said to have originated in the Victorian era when paper snowflakes were given as gifts. Today, they're one of the most versatile and family-friendly holiday crafts. Try using paper squares of different sizes for snowflakes big and small. You can also add a little sparkle with glitter. Use your finished snowflakes to decorate the windows or string them together to make a garland. You can also use double-sided tape to stick them to mirrors or hang them from the center of a curtain rod to mimic falling snow.
- white printer paper or card stock
- white, silver, clear or opalescent glitter
- decoupage medium
- chip or foam brush
- dropcloth or plastic to protect work surface
Master the Paper Fold
The key to a good snowflake is folding technique. First, start with a square sheet of paper and fold it into a triangle (Image 1). Then, fold it in half again (Image 2). Next, fold the paper in half at the arrow but pull the tip of the triangle down like so (Image 3). Finally, fold the right side over the left (Image 4). Your folded paper should look like this (Image 5).
Cut and Add Shapes
Cut across the dotted line (Image 1). Cut patterns and shapes into each snowflake like so. I even added a dog silhouette, bottom right (Image 2).
Optional: Add Some Sparkle
Using the brush, apply a thin layer of decoupage medium and sprinkle with glitter. Allow the glue to full dry, then place your snowflakes under a heavy book to flatten the paper.
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