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Three-Sided Easy Snowflake Stencils


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First Step 3 Sided Outlines

Easy First Step 3-Sided Stencils

First Step stencil designs are extremely simple, elementary cutout symmetrical shapes which may be useful to introduce basic math concepts.

These stencil patterns identical to the color book versions but with the outlines removed and filled with color. Finished or stencil snowflake shapes can be used for art projects such as crochet, embroidery, latch-hook rugs, wood work as well as paint stenciling. You can locate original versions in the folding section.

Most First Step patterns have just two or three basic cut shapes such as circle, square, triangle and so on. These simple shapes are repeated over 2, 3, 4, and 6 sided designs to demonstrate how varied results can be obtained for different folds using similar cuts.

For Example

The simple "L" shape transforms into 4 unique patterns when applied to 2, 3, 4, and 6 sided designs.

First Step 2 Sided stencil First Step 3 Sided stencil First Step 4 Sided stencil First Step 6 Sided stencil
The stencil design #2001 forms a plus sign or an "X" shape when folded with the 2 sided pattern. But when applied to a 3 sided pattern #3001 the same "X" transforms into three arrows converging. When #2001 is applied to the 4 sided pattern #4001, the plus sign or "X" resembles the quadrant cross. when #2001 is applied to a #6001, 6 sided pattern, the shape resembles the Union Jack which is a combination of several different crosses.

Materials To Keep On Hand

  • Types of Paper for Fold and Cut Paper Snowflake PatternsConstruction Paper - Amazon.com product
    • Construction - multi colors
    • Copier - many colors
    • Tissue - many colors, for fold and tear patterns as well as fold/cut
    • Tracing paper, available in art stores and wherever art supplies are sold
    • Water-color paper arts & craft stores
    • Drawing pad paper - to design your own unique patterns
    • Onionskin - a specialty paper, very thin similar to tracing paper
    • Gift-wrap for colorful snowflakes

    Tools for Snowflake Cutting

    Scissors are the primary tool for cutting paper snowflakes. Scissors come in a variety of shapes and sizes and each serve specific purposes. Keep a selection of different sizes for multi-tasking. It is very important for your cutting instrument to have sharp blades. Stainless-steel, titanium-enhanced blades that stay sharp through heavy use are best.

    Discover which scissors are the best paper cutting scissors.

    • Standard Crafting Scissors - fits adult hands, adequate for most snowflake patterns.
    • Nail Scissors -for intricate cutting
    • Pinking Sheers - to make decorative edge cuts
    • Fiskars scissors - for cutting tight patterns and quick snips
    • Embroidery scissors
    • Precision Smooth Edge Scissors - designed for right and left-handed users
    • Child-Size safety scissors with rounded tips - for small hands and inexperienced users

    standard scissors
    Scissors
    X-ACTO Knife
    X-ACTO knive
    pinking sheers
    Pinking Sheers
    nail scissors
    Nail Scissors
     

    Suggested uses for paper snowflakes include:

    • Etching, stenciling, woodworking, embroidery, latch-hook rugs, wall hangings, crochet
    • Laminate and hang snowflake ornaments on your Christmas tree
    • Create soft ornaments. Trace the lines onto colorful craft foam pieces
    • Latch hook rug pieces. A group project for kids of any age!
    • Needlework projects. Make snowflake pillow cushions, table decorations, wall hangings for the holidays
    • Print snowflake window decals for stunning windows displays in home, office or car
    • Make snowflake refrigerator magnets with magnetic printing paper

    Mediums to keep Handy for the Creative Process

    • Cardboard - Use backs of empty paper stationery pads - to mount favorite flakes to display
    • Card stock - the type used for greeting cards, many colors
    • Foam craft sheets - many colors, trace outlines onto foam sheets for soft ornaments
    • Magnet sheets - Make snowflake refrigerator magnets
    • Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
    • Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
    • Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
    • Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
    • Chalk - many colors - draw sidewalk and driveway snowflakes!
    • Colored pencils - many colors
    • Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
    • Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
    • Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops for festive winter weather pillows and pillow cases
    • Puffy paint and glitter - to draw images and shapes on cloth
    • Wood for scroll saw ornament
    • Decal sheets for window decals
    • Plain tee shirts