Remember making snowflakes as a kid in school? Mine never came out so pretty and so I was never very fond of the activity. Recently I decided to give it a try and it was a huge success.
In fact all 6 kids in this house got involved and had a blast making them. They had so much fun the first night they asked to do it again the next night.
The hardest part is folding them so see below and I will do my best to explain each picture.
1. Fold one corner of your paper over to make a square. (We had extra legal size paper which made for a little more extra to cut off but, I saved it and made smaller snowflakes with the excess.)
2. Cut off the excess paper.
3. You should have a triangle.
4. Fold your triangle in.
5. You should have a smaller triangle.
6. Tricky part…holding the tip of your triangle on the fold your going to fold over 1 side of your triangle and without creasing it yet.
7. I fold the other side over aligning each edge to create 3rds.
8. It should look like an arrow.
9. Cut off the tails of the arrow.
10. You should have a cone shape.
11. Cut designs into your cone leaving some of the edges intact to hold your snow flake together. (See some design suggestions below). The trick is to cut out a lot of the paper. You can cut off the tip if you want a hole in the center of your snowflake.
12. Unfold it carefully and your done!
Feel free to print out the picture above for design ideas. I traced a few before we opened our snowflakes so you can get an idea of the way we cut them to get more intricate designs. Below you can see another design after we cut it and then opened it up.
Every single one is different. We all played with different cuts that we liked and each one was slightly different…there was even one that I accidently cut more than anticipated and it came out better than expected. The fun part was opening it to see what great masterpiece we had created.
I strung them up with fish line and Christmas ornament hooks while the kids were in school yesterday. I taped a few to the back door. The teenagers especially loved coming home to them hanging up and were declaring which designs were theirs. It was a family project that was a hit that allowed everyone some creativity. The younger kids needed help folding and their designs may or may have NOT made it up for display yet! I plan to hang them on the Christmas Tree and Garland as well but, I am a little behind getting the Christmas Décor up. This was a start and the best part was that the kids loved participating.
Beware of the mess it creates when 6 kids and a Mom make snowflakes!
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