I love paper snowflakes! Okay, I love most paper decor. But especially snowflakes! ;-) I started making paper snowflakes a few years ago, just on a whim. It turned out to be slightly addictive, and I just couldn’t STOP making them! They’re fun to make and there’s a lot of different things you can do with them around the house. But before we explore those, let’s talk about a few paper snowflake basics.
Paper Snowflakes 101
To make a traditional paper snowflake, you want to start with a square or round piece of paper. If you want to make things super simple, buy some inexpensive white coffee filters (the basket kind, not the cone-shaped kind.) They’re the perfect size and shape for snowflake-making. :-)
Start by folding your paper in half.
Next, fold it half again. (Or if you want to be scientifically accurate, you can fold it into thirds here. This will give you a six-sided snowflake, just like the real thing.) ;-)
And finally, fold it in half one more time. Now you’re ready to create a beautiful, unique snowflake!
Here are a few of my favorite snowflake designs. Try them out at home, and see which you like best. Or maybe invent a few of your own!
What To Do With Your Snowflakes
If you’re anything like me, you’re now up to your eyeballs in paper snowflakes. :-) So what do you do with them?
One of my favorite things to do is to string several snowflakes together to make a garland. I love stringing up snowflake garlands over my doorways and windows. Another cute garland idea I’ve seen around the web is to make several vertical snowflake garlands, and hang them in your windows. Whichever way you prefer, snowflake garlands are an easy decoration that you don’t have to store away at the end of the season. You can always make new ones next year!
Another cute way to use paper snowflakes is as a decoration on your holiday gifts! I went through a kraft paper phase a couple of Christmases ago, and layered paper snowflakes on top of my kraft paper-wrapped gifts. It turned out really cute! (And who am I kidding, I’m always in a kraft paper phase.)
But if you really want to make a statement with your paper snowflakes, then check this out…
How To Make A 3D Paper Snowflake
That’s right, a 3D snowflake! I love these even more than the regular kind, and that is saying something! I usually make two or three big 3D snowflakes every year to hang somewhere in the living room, and I just love them. They’re fun to make and to look at, in my opinion!
- 6 paper squares, between 4″-10″
We used standard printer paper for this project, so we started by trimming the excess length off. You can do this quickly and easily by folding one of the corners over until the edges line up.
Cut off the excess paper to form a triangle. (If you’re starting with square paper, you’ll still start by folding it in half to form a triangle.)
Next, fold the triangle in half again, and hold the long edge of the triangle in your hand.
Then use your scissors to cut three parallel lines, starting from the open side and cutting towards the fold.
Your cuts should stop 1/2″-1″ away from the folded edge.
Unfold the paper and lay it flat. You should see 4 diamond shapes.
Grab the two smallest triangles, roll them towards to to form a tube, and tape them together. (Feel free to staple it if you can, but the first tube is usually too narrow for me to maneuver a stapler in there.)
Now flip the paper face-down and grab the next-smallest triangles. Roll them towards you and tape or staple them together.
Keep flipping, rolling, and stapling until you’ve created 4 tubes. Repeat this process with your remaining 5 paper squares.
Line up 3 of your finished pieces facing the same direction. Staple the top corners together.
Staple them again where they touch in the middle. Repeat this process with the other 3 finished pieces.
Staple the two sets of 3 pieces together at the top and where they touch in the middle.
All done! Now hang in place of prominence for everyone to admire your handiwork. :-)