Last week, I had posted that some friends and I were going to be making snowflakes to send to the Connecticut PTSA to help decorate a new school for the students of Sandy Hook Elementary. Since then, they have posted on their website that they are no longer taking donations of snowflakes, as they have, in a way, been snowed in with the generous contributions of people from all over the world. In their message, they have asked that we create winter wonderlands in our own homes to show empathy and solidarity for the Newtown families.
We won’t be having a link party now, but we will be showcasing our snowflakes in our homes in remembrance and in honor of the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
There is plenty of snow outside, and we have been sledding in the backyard, rolling around in the snow and trying to build snowmen, all in an attempt to wear out J, so the winter break isn’t filled with never-ending episodes of Bob the Builder and Yo Gabba Gabba. To match the whiteness outside, I made some fat flakes to hang on the inside.
From these instructions, you can make 2 snowflakes from a single piece of 8.5×11 paper.
1. Cut your paper in half lengthwise, then fold into an accordion. I started by folding the paper in half, then half again, so that there is an even number of pleats created.
2. Cut off one pleat to use as a template.
3. Squash the rest of the accordion together and staple in the center.
4. Draw your snowflake pattern on the template you created, and cut it out.
5. Trace the design on the stapled paper and slowly cut out your design.
Tip: Do not get too fancy with the design, unless you have monster hands or really sharp scissors, as you’ll be cutting through several layers of paper.
6. Once you have the design cut out, carefully separate the pleats of the medallion, and tape the separate ends together.
You now have your own 3D medallion snowflake!
I really liked designs that looked like a fishbone because it resulted in chevrons in the snowflake. Yikes, I’m not usually a fan of chevrons, but they do look good in a paper cutout. Little and big notches also look really good, as do a fancier tip. You’re really only limited by the sharpness of your scissors and your hand strength, so give it a go and enjoy!
These are soooo pretty! Love the 3-D look!
These are very pretty!!
These are so cool!! We are totally going to have to make these!:)
Those are gorgeous, ChiWei! LOVE!
Aaw, these are so pretty!!!
that is beautiful!
These are beautiful! I’m pinning this to make some with my daughter when she’s a little older. We live in Texas and never see real snowflakes, so it’d be fun to hang some of these in her room instead.
Beautiful snowflakes! Much better than the ones I usually come up with! 😉 I’ll have to try these!
They are really lovely!
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Great project to do on a cold wintery day with the grandkids.
Haven’t done these since my school days. But you’ve made them so pretty, I really should try my hand at them again!
I love the 3D look of these, too! I’m working on winter decorations in my front room and these would make a great addition.
These are so pretty! I loved your line about “monster hands,” haha!
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These are amazing! I have a Cricut cartridge that looks similar to your snowflakes. I can’t believe you did these by hand! They’re beautiful. I LOVE snowflakes for decorating (and for a good cause). Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!
These snowflakes are beautiful!! Great job!
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These flakes are so much nicer than the kind I made…I’ve pinned this so next year I can try this! I love them!
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Great idea! Step 6 calls for tape, but the supplies list at the beginning doesn’t include it. ChiWei, please update. Thanks!
I love your beautiful medallion snowflakes! Thanks for sharing!
I’ve included them in my latest blog post:
I love your beautiful medallion snowflakes!
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I love these snowflakes. They inspired me to make these bookish versions http://www.bookandbiscuit.com/2018/12/07/3d-snowflakes-with-washi-tape/
I really love the snow stars
This is a brilliant tutorial, thank you for sharing!