Cutting paper snowflakes is a great way to pass a chilly afternoon, and it's even easier if you use a pattern. You can create snowflakes to decorate your home, embellish winter greeting cards and scrapbook pages, and generally brighten any winter day.
Using Patterns for Paper Snowflakes
To make your own beautiful snowflakes, you can download these free patterns. This makes a quick and easy craft, so you can expect to create a snowflake in about ten minutes. Older kids can cut these snowflakes themselves, but younger children will need help navigating some of the corners and safely cutting through several layers of paper.
Things You'll Need
To make your snowflakes, you'll need the following supplies:
- Computer and printer
- Plain white printer paper
- Sharp scissors, capable of cutting through eight layers of paper
What to Do
Using a snowflake pattern is easy. Here's how to do it:
- Click on the image of the snowflake pattern you'd like to print. This will allow you to download a PDF file of the pattern.
- Open the PDF file on your computer and print the pattern.
- Follow the included instructions to properly fold and cut the snowflake.
Using a pattern allows you create great snowflakes easily, but you can also get creative with your work. Try some of these fun variations to make the designs your own:
- Instead of standard white printer paper, substitute printable vellum. You can glue the vellum snowflake over another sheet of paper to create a layered, icy effect.
- Apply a thin coating of glue and plenty of silver glitter to give your snowflake some real sparkle. This makes a great holiday decoration that can be used all winter long as well.
- Experiment with the size of your snowflake by decreasing or enlarging the size of the pattern. Making lots of snowflakes in large and small sizes will give depth to your window display or other arrangement.
- Use some matte silver craft paint to give your snowflake some modern shine. Simply paint one side of the snowflake and allow it to dry. Then flip it over and paint the reverse.
- Cut two identical snowflakes out of scrapbook paper and then glue them together for a cool reversible design.