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Step 9: Tips!


Materials:

- Make sure you have sharp scissors and clean hands. Dirty hands make for dingy snowflakes!

-Some people recommend using cuticle scissors so that you can make even more intricate snowflakes. I don't like this for two reasons. First, cuticle scissors are not comfortable in your hand. A comfortable grip is essential. Second, it is possible to get too intricate. Too many tiny snips and not enough shaping will just make your snowflakes look like lace doilies.

-Snowflake experts recommend using tracing paper and an X-acto knife to make snowflakes, to make them even more delicate and more perfectly symmetrical. However, I still like plain paper and scissors, since those are things that anyone has and you can use them with kids.

-Some people like to use wrapping paper or other fancy paper to make their snowflakes. Use whatever you like to create the desired effect. I stick with plain white copy paper because somehow I get a lot of satisfaction from creating something so beautiful from something so ordinary.

Making Snowflakes:

-I usually make my snowflakes while sitting down on a couch or chair with a coffee table in front of me, and a small trash can between my knees. This way I can lean forward to fold the paper on the table, and then sit up and snip bits of paper into the trash can. This makes less mess.

-When folding, steps 4-5 are the hardest, when you have to try and estimate thirds. Often, you'll fold the second third over, only to discover that it doesn't line up exactly in thirds. You'll have to unfold and refold until it's as exact as you can get it. The closer to exact thirds you can get it, the more symmetrical your snowflake will be. As it is, the thickness of the paper and the amount of folding that you do will make it so that making a precisely symmetrical snowflake is almost impossible. This will be most obvious in the center of the snowflake: look at some of mine. The star in the middle of some is not perfectly symmetrical. It happens. Real snowflakes have defects too, so don't worry about it.

-Avoid what I call "blank space". This is when you're cutting your snowflake in Step 7, and you leave behind big spaces of blank paper in your snowflake. Generally, anything thicker than 1/4th of an inch gets cut down into a thinner line, or by decorated it in some way (like by making tiny triangle snips all along the edge to give it "teeth"). Otherwise, when you open your snowflake, it will have thick, clunky lines instead of nice delicate ones. Sometimes thicker lines do create a different effect when contrasted with thinner lines, but use sparingly.

Decorating With Snowflakes:

-A tiny piece of double-sided tape behind each point is a good way to stick them to a surface. I love to put mine on windows so that they're visible from inside and out. They show up beautifully at night against the dark glass.

-These can be hung from the ceiling, but be careful because they are delicate. It may be wise to cut some with thicker lines for support (imagine making a skeleton for the snowflake: thicker lines for structure surrounded by the delicate parts for show) if you want to hang them. White or invisible thread, or fishing line, works great.

-Use your practice snowflakes to decorate gifts instead of a bow. I like taping a single snowflake to a gift, and then putting a plain gift tag on top of it. The lacy looking snowflake makes a pretty backdrop for the tag.

-Save the end scraps of paper from when you cut the original sheet of paper into a square. Use these little pieces to make tiny simple snowflakes that you can place around your larger snowflakes when decorating. This makes a "sprinkle" effect that looks wonderful, and you can fill more space without using up all your larger snowflakes. I didn't discover this idea until after the picture above was taken.

It's so much fun making snowflakes and wound up being a great stress reliever! These are great instructions for fun, creative and easy snowflakes that are addictive to make and try new designs and easy fun with my son:).
<p>I'm glad my tutorial helped you find some stress relief!</p>
<p>Smh. Why does this only have one step.</p>
<p>Never mind my tigga helped me figure it out no longer smh</p>
<p>Smh. Why does this only have one step.</p>
<p>should have found it before we did our christmas tree</p>
<p>Found this on the bus to work today when I had the last minute idea to make snowflakes with young English students. Not only do older kids appreciate this better than candy, it actually helped me to break the ice with a prepubescent class I've been struggling to communicate with. Thanks!</p>
<p>Did you see what I did there? I really didn't mean to!</p>
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<p>i can't believe i somehow managed to forget these!!! i'm going to make one RIGHT NOW. i used to make them from the plain old white paper then get them wet in water and stick them to the windows all over the place as a kid :D </p>
<p>ta-ddaaaah!</p>
<p>and another one!</p>
<p>i can't believe i somehow managed to forget these!!! i'm going to make one RIGHT NOW. i used to make them from the plain old white paper then get them wet in water and stick them to the windows all over the place as a kid :D </p>
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<p>Thanks for the instructable! So pretty!</p>
<p>Awesome instructions!! I just decorated my lab. 100% better now!</p>
<p>Used your instructions to make snowflakes for the St. Nicholas baskets for our neighborhood, hope to see snowflakes on doors all over our neighborhood. Thank you so much for your all the care you put into this.</p>
<p>I used this to teach my landlady's grandson how to make these. Thanks a lot it helped!</p>
<p>Thanks for this clear tutorial!</p>
<p>Great tutorial, and it is very easy to make other patterns. Now my work cubicle is decorated with paper snowflakes. Thank you.</p>
<p>I clicked on a link at yakidee.org/how-to-make-paper-snowflakes.html which showed what looked like 3-D snowflakes made from strips of paper. That is what I was wanting to learn but it brought me here instead. Where are they? I learned how to do these simple folded ones in kindergarten over 50 years ago!</p>
<p>Just Google &quot;how to make 3-D paper snowflakes&quot; to find what you're looking for.</p>
<p>You missed the point of my query. I know I can google it. How do you think I found this page? I said I clicked on the picture of what I wanted but it did not take me to the item I clicked on! I was hoping somebody could post the correct link to save me hours of more searching!</p>
<p>Marlene, please be nice.</p>
<p>Um, I was being nice. Did you read something in my reply that I didn't put there?</p>
<p>You're sour. Grow up. You didn't ask kindly or even say thank you. These are free tutorials that people take time out of their own day to create for anyone to use. No one owes you anything. Do your own work next time.</p>
<p>I'm sorry that someone linked my tutorial to a wrong description. It really has nothing to do with me....but here's a link anyway to a 3D snowflake tutorial: http://www.instructables.com/id/3-D-Snowflake/</p>
<p>I'm really happy to make these beautiful flakes by myself! and it is very easy to make other patterns. Thank you!</p>
<p>it's a great tutorial. thank you so much</p>
<p>My oldest daughter and I made these. The instructions were so easy to follow. Now they are taped up in the windows of our house. :)</p>
<p>Nice instructable! Thank you for sharing this with us. I used it to make my Christmas cards this year.</p>
<p>Thank you so much for this great, EASY instructable! I decorated a bulletin board at the library where I work, and I needed to add some snowflakes to it, but was never very good at them... This has helped IMMENSELY!!! :)</p>
<p>thanks! grreat comments!!</p>
<p>Super proud of myself! I really like this method and good, clear instructions. :) 10/10</p>
<p>Great job, but now I want to see your own designs!</p>
<p>I created an account just to thank you for this awesome tutorial! I needed to make a snowflake or two for a work bulletin board, and I was <strong>not </strong>having luck understanding the steps that correlate to steps 4-5 in your instructable. I've done plenty of origami, and I was having a really hard time understanding why I couldn't figure this out. Your clear images and explanations were such a resource, and I appreciate them so much!</p>
Wow! So glad I could help! Always good to hear positive feedback!
<p>Great instructable, especially where you analyze the snowflakes. That really is inspiring, thanks!</p>
fun activity to do with my 6 and 4 year old girls. they had fun making these. they even did one using a paper towel!
<p>Bravo! </p>
<p>Beautiful.......</p>
<p>I'd seriously recommend people check out youtube for a much quicker and better version. Your step 4 is incomprehensible gibberish!!</p>
This is shawsome
<p>wow nice!</p>
great instructable<br>
<p>Thanks!</p>
This is the best! It really helps a lot. Thank you for the inspiration
<p>Glad to help!</p>
<p>I made it!!!! I really like my metallic one!</p>

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