The art of folding and cutting / making paper snowflakes was taught to me, in the fifth grade, by a lovely Nun named Sister Mary Charles (nee Catherine Lily). Sister Charles was a very artistic lady who cut the most beautiful silhouettes of people, and encouraged my artistic interests.
From those days in the 1960’s to the present, I have cut hundreds of snowflakes for myself, taught friends and coworkers, and today I am going to teach you this wonderful Winter craft.
The only supplies you will need are 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of white printer paper (or larger, if you want to cut a really big snowflake) and a good pair of regular scissors. No cuticle or special kind of scissors needed.
FOLDING YOUR SNOWFLAKE…
Step 1 ..Take your 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper 1A and fold it in half, taking the bottom edge and bringing it to the top line 1B. Make a Sharp Crease on the center line.
Step 2 ..Take the left edge of your once folded piece of paper, and bring it to the right edge, and crease it sharp. You have now folded your paper into fours (see illustration 2).
Step 3 ..Put the twice folded paper in front of you so the center of that paper is positioned at the bottom left, and the closed side of the paper is also on the left. The paper’s outside open edges should be on the top and right side (see illustration 3).
Step 4 ..From the point of the exact center of that folded paper (bottom left), take the bottom right edge and fold it half way back, on where I drew the dotted line 4A. You have now made 1/2 of a cone 4B.
Step 5 ..Turn over the paper 5A, and take the inside edge (which is now on the right) #1 and fold it up to the left edge of that piece of paper #2. This will complete your cone 5B.
Step 6 ..Flip over your folded cone, so your highest side, which has the most folds of paper is on the right, and your lowest side is on the left 6A. Everything above the high right has no value, so cut it off 6B.
CUTTING YOUR SNOWFLAKE ..Step 7 ..From the high right side, cut downward toward the low left. The deeper a cut downward you make the more scalloped the edge of your snowflake will be. The closer to the dotted line, of the high right to low left you cut, the more rounded your snowflake will be (see illustration 7.)
CUTTING out the CENTER of your SNOWFLAKE ..There are no real bad snowflakes, but to make a really great one, the secret, your objective is to take out as much paper as possible, only leaving a thin paper skeleton to hold your snowflake together.
Look at illustration 8. I started eliminating paper at the top right, numbers 1, 2 and 3, then I started cutting from the opposite side of the cone shape #4, then back again to the opposite side #5, then back to the opposite side again #6, cutting back and forth, from side to side until I got down to the bottom of the cone. I then snipped off the end #9. The number one thing you don’t want to do is cut directly across your folded paper, that will make your snowflake fall apart.
Now look at a few different snowflake folds that I have cut. #1, when opened, is the first snowflake you saw when you came across this post. Numbers 2 and 3 are the next two snowflakes you will see. (post continued past snowflakes 2 and 3). Snowflake #2 was embellished with a marker for Snowman’s face and body. So there you have it, Snowflake making the Fred Gonsowski Garden Home way, taught to me by Sister Charles.
The nice thing about making and displaying snowflakes is they are not exactly a Christmas symbol. You can make and display them if you celebrate Christmas or not. You can leave them up as Winter decorations until the end of February or into March, if you like. I tape mine to the garage door windows, but a sliding glass patio door, windows in the kid’s rooms, or the storm window on the front or side door would also be great places to decorate with snowflakes. You can also tie a bit of thread to the snowflakes, and hang them from the ceiling. An inside snowstorm of sorts! SO Happy Snowflake Cutting!
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