Monday, December 22, 2008

a snowflake tutorial

Yesterday afternoon was spent making snowflake garlands. I got the idea from maya*made. Check it out here. I am in love with the way they look, hanging in my front window. I couldn't get a good picture of all of them (I made 4 strands of 8 snowflakes). Anyway, children love making snowflakes, too, so I'm trying to fine-tune a snowflake lesson for the classroom in January.

Did you know that all snowflakes have 6 sides? So, I used the hexagon from the geometry cabinet as my snowflake outline.

I can't afford anything from Anthropologie, but I do love the beautiful pages of their catalogs. I traced a hexagon on this page with a pen.

After tracing, I cut out the hexagon shape. I think magazine/catalog paper would be easier for kids to cut through than regular paper.

I folded the hexagon in half, from corner to corner. ( I flipped it over first, so the picture would be right-side up after I folded.)

Then, I folded the lower right corner up and over to the upper left corner.

I folded the lower left corner up and over to the opposite corner to make a triangle.

Snip, snip, snip! These are fairly crude snips - do you see my huge, dull, kitchen scissors?!

It still turned out beautiful! :) I can only imagine the incredible snowflakes that could be made with sharp, little, scrap booking scissors!

After cutting out enough snowflakes to make a garland - in my case, 8, I strung them on nylon thread. I mostly laced the thread through the openings I had cut in the paper, but every once and awhile, especially near the edges, I sewed through the paper. By sewing though the paper, I am still able to slide the snowflakes up and down to arrange them, but they don't slide down on their own.

I finished each strand off with a sequin and a bead. This added weight helps the garland hang straight down, and it looks pretty, huh?

I set up a snowflake lesson for the kindergartners last week as an experiment. This is what it looked like.

The folding part was pretty challenging, but they figured it out after awhile. If I set this lesson up for younger children, I might pre-fold all the hexagons and just show them how to cut snips out of the edges. Hmmm... that would take away all the tracing and folding, though.

We used scrap booking paper, and it was really hard to cut through when it was all folded up. Magazine paper would be much more manageable.

Ta DA!
We love snow around here!


  1. Thanks for the straightforward steps! I think this is the only snow we'll be seeing this Christmas... :)

  2. How great! I don't think we'll be getting any snow in the east of England but we can hope. In the meantime these are fab! I'm going to do them at home now, and at school next term!

  3. I agree, let the child do the folding and cutting, even if it's difficult at first. What a beautiful and simple craft idea!

  4. This is really cute. I have a 3 year old who likes to use scissors, and some empty windows in our new house. Maybe I'll have to try it. I wonder if she can do the folding and whatnot?


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