Do you need some last minute Christmas decorations? Then you can’t really go wrong with paper snowflakes. I love making snowflakes, in fact, in Edinburgh we had them up almost all year round but that was more due to the fact that the ceilings and thus windows were so high it was always a hugh hassle to get out the ladder to get then down. Now I live in a flat with sensibly high ceilings and windows, so there is more of a chance they’ll come down when winter is over.
All you need is some white printer or drawing paper and a pair of scissors (and some Scotch tape to hang them up with):
Step 1: Fold your piece of paper in half and then in half again, short side to short side both times (you want to end up with something that looks like your original piece of paper, just smaller, as in the picture below – if you end up with something long and thin, you probably folded long side to long side at some point).
Step 2: Your folded rectangle will have one short side consisting of four single sheets, and one short side consisting of two folded edges. At the side with the two folded edges, take the open corner (see picture below for guidance) and fold it up to the opposite long side.
Step 3: Cut across the top, as demonstrated in the picture below, to make a triangle with two even long sides.
Your triangle should look something like this:
Step 4: Now cut some shapes in to the various sides of your triangle. Jaggy and triangular shapes work well, or you could use a hole punch to create a different effect (not shown here). You can even cut off the tip, which will give your snowflake an interesting centre. The most important thing is that you do not cut away all of the edges – you need to leave some of the folded edges of the long sides of your triangle (as indicated by the arrows in the picture below), otherwise your snowflake will fall apart!
Here’s an example of what the shapes cut in to the triangle in the picture above look like as a snowflake:
There you go, one snowflake, ready to hang up. It probably sounds a lot more complicated than it is, basically: fold your paper in the right order, and don’t cut away to much. Simple. Oh, and for sticking them to your window I recommend Scotch magic tape, you know, that slightly milky looking tape you can write on. Regular clear sticky tape in my experience tends to leave residue on the window when you remove it after several weeks (or months in our case…) of having the snowflakes up.