Monday, January 21, 2013

Paper Snowflakes

Andrew made these in art class the other day and on a boring day off at home, made some more.  I was so surprised by the end result, after I saw him hard at work.  So simple and pretty.

He agreed to do a little tutorial for me.

You need six square sheets of white paper and a glue stick and scissors, and something to draw a straight line with.  We used some wooden popsicle sticks, but there are these things called rulers that work well also, if you can find one laying around. :)


Corner to corner and then again, fold the square sheet so it looks like this.

Draw lines with a pencil that look like this.  You want to start your line on the open side, not the folded size, and don't draw all the way to the end.


Cut on the lines.


When you unfold the paper it will look like this.

Now pick up the two littlest center triangles and glue their ends together with your glue stick.  (You might have to count to 50 while you pinch the ends and the glue dries.)

Now FLIP the snowflake over.  You are working on the "back" side of the paper now.  Glue the next tips of the next triangle together.  

Keep going, flipping over each time, till all the ends of the triangles are glued.

Repeat with five more pieces of paper till you have six more. Glue them all together by one end like this:


Let it snow!

19 comments:

  1. I helped my son's second grade class make these last week! I think I'll make some more with my kiddos tomorrow! They really do turn out awesomely!

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  2. Also, if you go in with a stapler or some tape and secure the joint of each arm to one another, the whole thing puffs up a bit more and holds it's shape. If you want to!

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  3. Awesome tutorial Andrew!!!! Thank you. Now I'm going to try and do that. Wish me luck.

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  4. Great picture of the artist with his snowflake!

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  5. Gorgeous! My art loving daughter would go crazy for this thing. Perfect to try today on their day off.

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  6. They are beautiful....love to do these with my kids!!!!!

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. My granddaughter will love doing this. AND my friends and I have a small assignment to photograph a "spiral". This will be perfect for that assignment!!

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  8. Stunning! Thank you Andrew! I'll definitely be trying that!

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  9. These look great. Thank you, Andrew! You worked hard on these.

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  10. Great job, Andrew! Very pretty!

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  11. that is so great!! I will have to let kids try this...I love paper snowflakes~ And thanks for the detailed instructions...I need step-by-step! LOL!!

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  12. They are beautiful! I made them with my class at school, and they are so impressive-looking! My student teacher made one with multi-colored paper and it looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. May kids have come home will several of these from school for me to keep forever. Beautiful, yes ... But not sure how to get around the "keep forever" part :)

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  14. My daughter learned to make these in 4th grade. Now each Christmas I have her make several, one for each of our windows, and we hang them up as our winter decorations :)

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  15. I've never seen these before - just beautiful! My daughter will love making these. THank you!

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  16. I'm so glad he shared! This is so so cute. We will be making some.

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