Thursday, 8 December 2011

Paper Snowflakes

Since it is December, finally, and Christmas things are justified, I am going to show you how to make them. You can use snowflakes as Christmas decorations ever since, one way or the other.

You will need:
PaperNow here's the good time to go through your paper recycling bag and find the white printer paper that is only a bit used. The size you need your paper to be is quarter of A4. It will leave your snowflakes about 10cm in diameter.

These bigger snowflakes can go on windows later and they will look very nice. :)

Take your pre-cut paper and lay it on the table.
Fold it in half (shorter sides together) and turn 180 degrees so that open ends are at the bottom.
Fold the left top corner over to the right corner and press down make a little fold for the middle. Do not fold the entire length.
Now for the tricky bit: Judging by eye, fold the right corner down by a third. It helps a bit if you place your left thumb on the little fold you just made. Don't worry if you don't get it immediately. Practice makes perfect! :) Turn over.
Now fold down the other corner (right one again), lining the corner up with the fold you just made.
Fold the whole thing in half and turn 180 degrees. That is what your snowflake template should look like. Can you see the the lines in the middle? This is where you have to cut off the top, and your snowflake template is ready!
Your snowflake should look like this. Discard the top and you are ready for the fun bit!
You can cut any design you like into your snowflake, but I have found that triangles work the best - they are easy to cut, just straight lines crossing, and the result looks realistic.
Another double triangle...        And if we open it up... it will look like this. Maybe not the best I     
                                                   have made, but definitely all right.
If you wish, you can use these designs. They will end up looking like this.You'll never know what they're going to be like, and sometimes relatively simple-looking design can make a surprising result! 

Happy snowfall!

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