Instructions for Folding and Cutting Snowflakes Large and Small
You will be amazed how much fun you can have making perfect paper snowflakes with these folding pattern instructions. Paper snowflake craft is a timeless family tradition practiced worldwide. Now you, yes, you can join the party and in 10 easy steps become the master artist of the family, the office flakes guru, the Edward Scissorhands of the scrap pile...and start your own line of annual tradition in the process.
The snowflake is a miniature masterpiece of symmetry, nature's glistening snowflower patterns and known throughout the world. Because snowflake patterns are so symmetrical and beautiful they are frequently used in weaving, knitting, crochet, tatting, wood work, paper weaving and other fine arts and craft projects.
All Regular 8 1/2" x 11 " and Mini Flake Snowflake Pattern Instructions
Create your own unique snowflake styles with these Snow Crystal Classification Templates (or snowflake templates) which are patterned after actual Snow Crystal Classification Chart. Wow, making paper snowflakes using math and snow science...what great concepts.
How to make paper snowflakes and create all beautiful and intricate types of snowflake structures. Discover nature's perfect snowflake designs with these free pattern instructions for folding and cutting.
Snowflake Folding and Cutting Instructions:
- Suggested Tools & Equipment
- Basic Snowflake
- Cutting your snowflake design
- Unfolding your snowflake creation
- Video Instructions good visual instructions posted on the Internet
- A good sharp pair of Scissors*
Fiskars snippers work best according to the Snowflake Lady!
- as thin as possible - origami, tissue paper, or other light weight paper
- Colored Poster board or card board(optional)
- Glue or glue stick (optional)
- Very Clean hands
- Trash can
Additional Information which may be useful: Some of the patterns in Snowflake Patterns for Children! are too intricate for large or regular size scissors. A few patterns are probably impossible to cut out but are useful to artists and students for etching glass and other art projects. The more intricate designs are here for advanced and expert skill levels, people who enjoy a good challenge and can use extra sharp razor knives or tiny cuticle scissors to make the finer cuts.
Note: Some browsers reduce the size of the printable pattern for faster viewing. If this happens, just save the graphic to your PC and print through your graphics program.
Get handy with the scissors and make perfect paper snowflakes with these easy-to-follow instructions.
Print a pattern and trim off the directions so that you have a completely square piece of paper.
- Use a clean, dry, hard surface for folding.
- Keep the printed design aligned exactly along the lines shown on the directions. (Beginners may need help getting started.)
- Remember that the most symmetrical patterns are made by the most precise folding.
- Smooth over each fold with the back of a fingernail to ensure the best fold possible.
- For variation use different colored paper, aluminum foil, Christmas gift wrap paper or cloth (trace your design) or reduce/enlarge the pattern before printing
The best scissors to use are ones with long handles and short blades that meet exactly at the point. Skilled adults or older children may want to use sharper scissors or cuticle scissors for those teensy, weensy cuts. Don't use dull scissors unless you want ragged edges on your snowflake, in which case pinking shears or other specialty scissors might be better choices.
Always have a trash basket close by for your discards.
Don't worry about mistakes because every snowflake is different and yours will be unique as well.
After you have folded and cut your design, carefully unfold your paper snowflake.
As you unfold each crease, bend the fold in the opposite direction to neutralize the crease. This way your snowflake will unfold more easily and display flatter.
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