Paper Snowflakes

Here's an easy, inexpensive winter craft. I made several snowflakes and hang them using clear thread in our archway during the holidays. It's as close as we get to a white Christmas in Tucson. You could also use them to decorate the tree.

Surprisingly, these hold up pretty well year after year if you put them away carefully at the end of the season.


  • 1 piece of white cardstock
  • 8-10 inches of ribbon, thread, or yarn
  • paper cutter
  • knitting needle, chopstick, skewer or pencil
  • glue


Step 1: Cut 12 strips of paper that are 8 1/2 inches long x 1/4 inch wide.

Step 2: Fold each strip in half.

Step 3: Curl a strip of paper tightly around the knitting needle start at the end and curling towards the fold. Make sure to stop curling about an inch and a half before the fold. What you will get is a nifty curlicue heart. Repeat this step for each strip of paper.

Step 4: Lay out your pieces to make a snowflake. Six pieces will be at the center with the points facing in. The other six pieces will go around those with the tips pointing out.

Step 5: Carefully glue the pieces together, starting with the center pieces. I used a clear craft glue, but Elmer's glue works fine, too. Don't use too much glue.

Step 6: Tie a piece of ribbon through one of the tips of the snowflake and you are ready to hang it on the tree.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can experiment with curling the strips of paper into different shapes and sizes.

For some more sparkle, spray your finished snowflake with gloss sealer and sprinkle with glitter.



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