Sunday, December 6, 2009

Paper Snowflakes

My girls love to create paper snowflakes, and have been busily cutting out many. The thing is, the kind they're making, creates such a terrible mess. I've had enough! I'm done cleaning up all of the tiny paper confetti scraps throughout the house - ugh!
The other day, we made these instead
and here is how:
cut 6 - 5" paper squares.
Fold the square in half diagonally to make a triangle. If your triangle isn't perfect, trim the edge that sticks out.
Cut 3 parallel lines on each side of the triangle from the fold towards the point, making sure your cuts come close to meeting in the middle, but don't touch.
Unfold the square, and roll the center points together. Secure with glue. (I used hot glue - btw)

To form the next roll, take the next two paper lines and glue them together on the opposite side of the center tube.


Continue joining each paper line together on opposite sides until all are joined. Repeat this process on the remaining 5 paper squares.

Next, glue 3 completed pieces together at one end.

Now one half of the snowflake assembled. Next, join together the remaining 3 pieces for the other half.

Glue both halves together in the center.

I then placed a bit of glue where each of the 6 pieces meet. This helps hold the snowflake together and makes a nice shape.

I'll be adding a bit of glitter to the flakes soon, they need some sparkle!
Overall, a much less messy snowflake project to create with the girls, and I didn't have to vacuum when we were done - whoohoo!

62 comments:

Alison Gibbs said...

What a beautiful creation.
You are right = much less mess
Alison

vintage girl at heart said...

Sweet I have seen these little lovelies and have wanted to find some and now thanks to you.. I can make a few!!! You are always so very creative and generous!!!
I think of you every time my sweet Bunny that I won from you winks at me from his perch in my room!!!
Have a Blessed Week!

Cheryl said...

Karoline...You never cease to amaze me with your ingenious creativity when it comes to crafting! Great Job!

Connie said...

I'm going to try that one for my pink and white tree, sweetpea! What a great idea for almost no money. I'm thinking I could use simply white paper also. Great idea.
xoxo,
Connie

Kathi said...

These are so unique. My daughter would love making them. Thanks for the idea. Have a great day. Kathi

Diana P. said...

Those are very cool! I might have to give this a try... Thanks for sharing them!

The Feathered Nest said...

Ohmygoodness sweet girl!!!! Thank you so much Karoline for sharing how you make these ~ I think they're gorgeous! I would love to send everyone over to see...do you mind if I link to you? hugs and love, Dawn

Megan Chamberlain said...

These are beautiful, thank you for sharing how to make them. Now I am off to find some pretty paper.

Lynnae said...

Lovely! I came by way of The Feathered Nest. What a great idea and clear tutorial! Thank you. I hope mine turn out as lovely as yours!

Laura said...

Thank you so much for sharing your technique! I think these are wonderful! Blessings of the season to you and your family!
Laura :)

Julie Ann said...

omg- These are sooo cool!!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh WOW....These are BEAUTIFUL!!!!! What a FANTASTIC job!!!

Jeanne said...

Karoline, thanks so much for showing us how to make these snowflakes. I have seen them and always wondered how they were made. Guess I know what I will be doing this afternoon!
xo
jeanne

Beth in PA said...

Thanks so much for showing us how to make these lovely snowflakes. I will try some. I also think they might be fun with other papers and will have to try those as well.

chicroses said...

I love these snowflakes.. would like to make some. Love your blog and all the recipes..Im putting it in my favorites..oh love those nut cups..I live a opposite corner of the state from you...sally

KarenB said...

I was invited to come visit by Dawn at The Feathered Nest. These are SO CUTE! Love them. Do I have to have little ones around to spend my time making these? Hope not. I may have to go digging through my paper stash.

Karen @ Elderberry Street

Karen Valentine said...

Hi there! I found you through Dawn's blog, The Feathered Nest. I LOVE this tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing these awesome snowflakes. I think they will popping up all over the country now!!!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

Maison Douce said...

This is awesome! I posted about this snowflake I bought and wished I knew how to make it, and here you are, with the instructions!!! Thanks!!!
Isabel

Jennifer said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful project. So simple, I created a test version here at my desk at work with just scissors and tape.

Jennifer in NJ

Tracy said...

Thank you so much for these instructions. I made some and they turned out so beautifully!! So much easier than they look!

icandy... said...

These are just splendid!!! I have to try this out, you make it look so easy! *fingers crossed* :)
Happy day!
Christina

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Those snowflakes are beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial! I'm sure I will make some!

Lisa said...

I also came here via The Feathered Nest.
I just finished making one and it truly is easy! I was going to use it for a gift topper but it was too big for my box. So I made a mini version with 3 inch squares and it was just the right size!
Thanks for sharing with us.
Lisa

Cathy said...

These are so beautiful! Thank you so much for the tutorial! I believe I may have to try some of these.

Cathy ♥

GobeaGirl said...

Hi, I just ran into your blog...Oh, my word! These are sooo beautiful. My daughter is into making the old fashion ones that we made in school(you know they just invented it.lol..) Anyway, I am soo going to show her yours..I know she will love it. Also let me say that I love your music on your blog. The song Mary, did you know I have not heard before, but I think that it is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing it all, Lisa G my blog is gobeagirl.blogspot.com

Auntie Cake said...

Oh! Thank you for sharing how to make those. The high school art class makes those each winter and hangs them in our ice rink! Every year I just can't wait until they get hung up. So festive. Now I am going to make my own! Thanks so much for sharing1
Kate

Jeanie said...

These are so clever and pretty! I found your blog through Dawn at The Feathered Nest. I can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing!

maggiegracecreates said...

I made one this morning and posted a picture of it and a link back here at my place this morning.

Thanks so much for this wonderfully written and photographed tutorial.

Beautiful

nancarts said...

Karoline..these are amazing! So beautiful. I will have to make some for my tree. Thanks for sharing.
Smiles and Blessings,
Nancy C

sue w said...

I like 'em! I'm a bit confused about how or where the fold/sides go. But I figure it will make sense when I start working on them. I agree about not wanting to pick up any more paper scraps.

Natasha Burns said...

oh wow these are completely amazing! i looked at your first pic and wondered how on earth to make them, but you make it look so easy, thank you!!! just yesterday, i taught my son's year level of 55 kids, all aged 5-6, to make regular paper snowflakes. you are dead right about the mess!!

Pretty Things said...

Thank you so MUCH for your generosity in sharing this project!

Mardi Robyn said...

Those are very pretty! I especially like them because of the music notes!! I might have to give this project a try!!

maryboys said...

uniquely beautiful - sincere thanks for sharing this with us:)

mary

BellaRosa said...

What a beautiful creation, I am going going to have my daughters make some (well, I am gonna TRY too :) I found you from both Dawn of The Feathered Nest and Anne of Fiona & Twig! Thank you for sharing your beautiful idea and tutorial. Rose

Lynn Stevens said...

These are Beautiful, Thank you so much for sharing how to make them. Your too kind!

1 Funky Woman said...

I know exactly what you mean about all the scraps of paper. My husband is the culprit. He has been making snowflakes for the kids and leaves a trail for me to clean up. I keep telling myself they are making memories no matter what the mess is. I can't wait to show him this idea. It will give him something to do with the kids since it is freezing out. I am enjoying your blog. I would love for you to check mine out.
Megan

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This is an amazing tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

The Flying Bee said...

Thanks for the instructions! I am going to try this!

Adrienne

CeCe said...

Thank you so much for sharing these with all of us. I want to make them. Too sweet!

sandra said...

Hi Karoline,
Just wanted to say how beautiful this star is. I made one from your wonderful tutorial and it turned out so pretty. I have posted it on Flickr (skblanks) if you want to take a look. Also, I posted your blog where I found the tutorial. Thanks so much,
Hugs,
Sandra

Charlene said...

Thank you so much for sharing with us. These are beautiful! I found you over at Karen's My Desert Cottage. Hers turned out so well. Merry Christmas! Charlene

Linda K. said...

Karoline, These are the prettiest things I've seen in sheet music. May I post a link back to you? I've made one and they are super simple!
What an easy tutorial to follow and thanks for sharing these little beauties.

Linda
Robin's Egg Blues

Deirdra Doan said...

Beautiful! I posted your link and snowflake on my blog today..Thank you and Merry Christmas

wanabskne said...

Great thanks for the directions. I love crafts and it was so easy. I just used old news paper and it worked perfect. Thanks again. Keep up on the great ideas.

wanabskne said...

I also posted a link to your blog because it was such a great idea for this season!!! Thanks

Barbara Jean said...

gorgeous!
thanks for sharing this with us.

looks like it would make a pretty huge snowflake.
have you tried doing it tiny?

thanks and blessings
barbara jean

Real estate Barcelona said...

I love the way you used music scores to make them, so pretty.

Susie Jefferson said...

Just to let you know, I just found your tutorial via Quill Cottage, and have posted a little article on my own blog with a link to you - hope that's OK? (If not, will remove immediately). http://1stfloorflat.blogspot.com/2010/12/two-fabulous-christmas-decoration.html

Hugs from the UK - love these snowflakes!

ShabbyChicShaz said...

These are so simple but so effective, I'm definately going to try making some of these. Love them with the musical score paper, just got an old Rupert annual, might try with some sheets of that, the possibilities are endless, thank you so much :)

Becky Chalet said...

I have made one, thank you so much for sharing. I love it.

l'atelier d'élise said...

magnifique blog
de merveilleuses créations
très bonne fin de soirée
élise

Viviane said...

It's a very beautifull creation !

Morning T said...

I love this and can't wait to try it with my little one tonite. SO funny that you posted this 2 years ago and now, thanks to pinterest, I've found it. yay!!
xo~
T

Anne said...

How utterly fabulous these are!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Cindy @ Creating at Home said...

These look amazing made with sheet music!

Missus Wookie said...

Pretty! Thanks for the tutorial, you make it look easy.

Heathahlee said...

I am making these as little gifts for the ladies in the alto section of my choir (I'm the section leader and like to do a little something for them every Christmas). I cut them down to three inches instead of five, but they are still so beautiful! Thank you so much for showing us how to do this! I can't even remember how I found this post, but I'm so glad I did! :)

Bonita said...

Just letting you know I linked to this post in my Snowflake Unit Study. http://www.zujava.com/snowflake-study

purplecat said...

Fab idea :)

Di said...

That is a brilliant simple idea! And very pretty.! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I will be making them with my girls!

Di said...

That is a brilliant simple idea! And very pretty.! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I will be making them with my girls!