How to Make Paper Snowflakes

Monday, 20 Dec 2010 11:12 AM

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Snowflakes remain one of nature's greatest mysteries. No two snowflakes are alike and each is perfectly symmetrical. Recreate these wonders at home with some paper and a pair of scissors. What a fun way to spend an afternoon just enjoying time with those you love.

Here is how to create paper snowflakes.
 
Supplies Needed:
  • 8-1/2" by 11" sheets of plain white paper
  • Scissors
  • Protractor
  • Pencil
  • Glitter, sequins, glue (optional) making paper snowflakes instructions
Instructions:
  1. Fold an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of paper at a 45 degree angle. Cut off the excess and you will be left with a large triangle. Use a pencil to ensure every crease is crisp.
  2. Take the triangle from step one and fold it in half again. This should be done with the long side at the top. You will still have a triangle, but it will be much smaller now.
  3. Place this triangle so that one of the points is facing towards you. Take one of the top corners and fold it inward to create a 60 degree fold. Use a protractor to ensure you have the correct angle. Do the same on the other side, again using the protractor for accuracy. One side will fold over on top of the other and you will have what appears to be an ice cream cone with a V cut into the top.
  4. Cut the two top sections of the cone off so you now have a sugar ice cream cone shape.
  5. Pay attention to the top point of your snowflake. If you remove this point, your snowflake will have a hole in the center.
  6. Begin making triangles and half-circles along the folded edges of the triangle using a pencil. Once you have determined where to place these, cut them out with scissors.
  7. Once all cuts have been made, carefully open your snowflake.
  8. In order to flatten the creases, place your flakes between the pages of a heavy book. If you do not want to wait for the book to flatten your flakes, you may also iron them. Place your flake between two sheets of wax paper. Run over this wax paper a few times with a warm iron and your flake will be ready. Repeat with each flake.
  9. If you wish, you may add glitter or sequins to make your decorations really stand out. As they are your flakes, it is all up to you.  
Once you have completed a number of snowflakes, it is time to decorate. Tape a few flakes on your windowpanes. Hang a few on your tree. Finish up by stringing some together and making a garland for your mantel or front door. With so many uses, you'll be wanting to make more paper snowflakes in no time at all!

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