Saturday, December 3, 2011

Paper Snowflakes 101

POST EDIT: Thanks to Rebecca of LilSugar.com for contacting me about the incredible project for Sand Hook Elementary...turning their new facility into a winter wonderland full of paper snowflakes! Let's do our part and make some snowflakes for those sweet children and staff! Go HERE for information of where to send yours by January 12th. xo 

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After my blog friend Janette shared this fabulous link to Vintage Junky's easy snowflake tutorials, I couldn't resist. I've been a snowflake-making maniac and loving every minute of it. :) Michelle of Vintage Junky shares how to make 3 different snowflakes...which include folding instructions to turn an 8x11" piece of paper into a square, then into a 6-sided hexagon (very important for the base of the snowflake!) go HERE for those tutorials. Below I pass on her folding wisdom...and 3 more snowflake stencils.


I thought I'd share a few tips I came to learn...Paper Snowflakes 101:
-- You can't mess up. Some some of your snowflakes may be similar, but there's nothing exact about them and that's what makes them beautiful! Just like the real thing :) 
-- Un-crease as you unfold. After cutting, you'll unfold to open and reveal your snowflake, be sure to un-crease each fold as much as possible so that it's flat.
-- "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." Okay, that's not exactly something I learned from cutting these snowflakes, but I did learn that from Buddy the Elf. And he's a snowflake cutting pro. ;)


So far I've hung them in from our chandelier in our dining room. I love the festive winter feel it brings into the room! And I'm excited to string them in the windows of our kitchen, and hang some on our Christmas tree. You can never have too many paper snowflakes.






I shared this over at Whipperberry and Under The Table and Dreaming. Go see what others shared too! :)

18 comments:

Kati Howard said...

very cute... my boys make lots of snowflakes- thought none as elegant as yours. :) We use glue sticks to attach them to our windows and even on our dining room walls. Washes right off with a rag.

Britney said...

I've been looking for some great patterns to do a snowflake chain over our fireplace and these are just perfect. Thanks so much for sharing!--you crafty-creative-gorgeous lady <3

Kiki said...

Haley I love these snow flakes! They look great, I'm impressed! I too want to be a mother who teaches her son the same truths that the stripling warriors mothers taught them. Every time I read that scripture I think of my Grant. I miss you, I'm excited to see you Tuesday!

Katie said...

I have never in my life created a paper snowflake as beautiful as those :) Thank you for breaking it down for us, must try these! Your dining room is stunning too--the wall color, table, and chandelier are gorgeous! I'm sure Brooks loves looking at the snowflakes hanging down.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Jason and Eliza Cook said...

Sooo pretty! My snowflakes always turn out crazzzy. I'm excited to try these! :)

Lauren {love lulu} said...

so so pretty! They look so amazing! good job! I will have to try this! :)

Emma said...

i love it!!! it looks so good over your gorgeous table.

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

Love 'em, girl! My snowflakes never turn out this pretty!? Love them as decorations in your GORGEOUS dining room....ummmm can we have a home tour soon? Those pretty frames on the wall have me intrigued. ;)

p.s. not sure if you have seen it, but on my last post on my blog there is a photo of a 12 foot fir that was decorated with ONLY elaborate hand cut paper snowflakes...some that spelled words or looked like animals, all in the shape of snowflakes! It was pretty much amazing!

Shalyn said...

SO PRETTY! We just watched Elf last night for the first time this season and I thought of it right when I saw the flakes- Buddy would be SO proud!

I am Megan said...

I love it! Looks like a very pretty chandelier! You should make non-Christmassy ones for the new year and let them hang all year round!

Eva Marie said...

I am in need of doing this craft - these look lovely
Liv would love these!!!
Thanks for sharing Haley

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

There's nothing quite as exciting as opening up a paper snowflake. Thanks for the tips!

Shauna said...

love love love. perfect above your table ;)

Vintage Junky said...

Thanks so much for featuring my snowflakes! Yours look great :) aren't they fun?
Happy Christmas!
Michelle

Janet Beckwith Macy said...

I used to love making snowflakes. You have displayed them so beautifully.

It's better than a centerpiece

samtundsahne said...

hi haley,

i just linked your post today...

i love the idea of snowflakes under your chandelier!!!

if you want stop by, i´m looking forward your opinion/a comment...

http://samtundsahne.blogspot.de/2012/12/adventskalenderturchen-nr-9-10.html

yours nancy
from germany
(it´s snowing right now...
beautiful!)

Meredith Wood said...

I came across your site looking for ideas for paper snowflakes. Maybe you could re-post on Pinterest or something to spread the word of creating a winter wonderland for the students of sandy hook elementary- when they go back to school( in their new school). I provided a link with an address to send the snowflakes. My 2 boys and I (ages 5 and 9) are making 26 snowflakes. Won't you help!? http://www.momendeavors.com/2012/12/snowflakes-for-sandy-hook.html

Teah McManus said...

This are awesome but simple at the same time

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