Contributed by Leanne GuentherMaking paper snowflakes has been a wonderful way to celebrate the season for years. This tp roll wreath provides a great way to display your children's paper snowflake creations. The diameter of the completed wreath is about 15 inches.
This craft is fun for older children (and adults!) - Age 6+. There are quite a few steps that younger kids (Age 2+) can help with, but
they won't be able to do the craft independently. This is a good family project!
An adult can pre-do the first three steps to make 10 to 20 squares for the kids to make into paper snowflakes.
We like to make smaller (5x5 ish) paper snowflakes instead of great big ones. In order to do this, fold a piece of white paper or construction paper in half and cut down the fold so you have two smaller rectangles.
Turn each rectangle into a square. Fold your paper down and all the way across to make a triangle with a bit hanging over.
Note: Origami paper comes in appropriately sized squares and you can get winter patterns during the season at many craft stores. This is an Alternative to making your own squares (but I'm "thrifty" so I always make my own *grin*)
Now that we have a square, let's make a snowflake!
Fold your square in half (to make a rectangle)
Then in half again to make a square.
Now fold in half one last time (corner to corner this time) to make a triangle.
Draw a curved line (optional) and cut off the top of the triangle.
Kids sometimes curve and cut off the wrong edge side of the triangle and end up with a snowflake that falls apart. Make sure the point of the triangle is the center of the paper.
Cut a few little shapes out of your folded paper (I usually make 4 cuts for small snowflakes like these).
You can make them rounded, square, triangular or like half hearts -- have fun and experiment!)
I always like to make some sort of small snip in the bottom point.
NOTE: scrapbooking scissors with funny edged blades make wonderful snowflakes!
Unfold and take a peek at your snowflake. You can refold and make an extra snip or two if you like.
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