Thursday, November 17, 2011

Paper Snowflakes


 

We came across this great DIY Christmas snowflake decoration on Kids Spot. Paper snowflakes are fun to make, especially as each one is different! They look fabulous stuck on a wall, strung together in front of a window or placed over contrasting coloured gift wrap as present toppers. You could also glue a small one on a dark-coloured card to make handmade Christmas cards or you could laminate a huge A3-sized snowflake as a placemat – the uses are endless.   

Equipment
Paper (plain white A4, coloured or patterned - it's up to you)
Scissors


Method
1. Cut an A4 size sheet into a square by folding a corner into a triangle and cutting off the excess rectangle. You can use the leftover strip to make smaller snowflakes.
2. Fold the triangle in half to make a smaller triangle.
3. Keep the 'open' end of the triangle to the left and the main fold on your right. Then visually divide the triangle into thirds. Fold the right-hand side down so the bottom right corner is poking down below the bottom of the triangle.
4. Fold the left hand side over on top of the other side so it resembles an arrow head.
5. Turn over to reveal a straight line across the top of the smaller triangles. Cut along this line to even it off.
6. Cut shapes into both sides of the triangle and unfold to reveal your shape!  

Note 
This cut (with the main fold on the right-hand side and the 'open' side on the left) makes the large six-pointed star in the centre of the main image. 

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