Traditional Snowflakes

Traditional Snowflakes

You don’t need to wait for a blizzard to play in a Winter Wonderland… not if you make your own indoor snowstorm! Grab a sharp pair of scissors and doilies, and before it know it, it will be snowing inside!

Doilies – different sizes
Transparent Nylon thread
Laminating film or clear glossy contact paper (optional)
Paper punch

1] Begin by taking a round paper doily and fold it in half. Then, fold it in thirds, making sure each third is the same size. (It is easier to fold the doilies in eighths by folding the doilies in half 2 more times BUT snowflakes have 6 points, not 8, so the purest in me want 6 sided snowflakes 🙂 If you aren’t as silly as me, 8 sided snowflakes would be just fine!)

2] Using sharp scissor, cut designs in the snowflake by removing little snips, being careful not to cut the folds apart completely. Feel free to unfold the snowflake to assess your progress.

3] You now have a couple choices. You can iron your snowflake and leave it “naked” OR you can cover both sides of the snowflake with either clear glossy contact paper or laminating film. Note: Laminating film can be bought in rolls from office and school equipment suppliers. They are meant to be used in laminating machines. I bought a roll many, many years ago, and use it for many laminating projects. I do not have a machine so I cut off a piece large enough to cover the front and back of my project. Then, using a dry iron, set on low, I simply iron the laminate on.

4] When you are satisfied with your snowflake, punch a single hole about 1 inch in.

5] Using transparent nylon thread, thread the nylon thread, through the hole, and cut off the length you desire. Tie off the other end and hang.

Use different sized doilies, cut different designs, and hang at different lengths.



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  1. Are the most beautiful snowflakes I’ve seen, Kimara.
    Thanks for sharing, I would try it 🙂

    meni ^-^

  2. These are SO great! They are getting put on our to do list once the snow hits. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

  3. I perceive a gifted artist in your pieces. Clearly, your inner child is expressing herself in grace and beauty.

  4. Are there patterns for the different snowflakes or do we just cut them freehand?

    1. I just cut mine freehand, but if you do a google search "snowflake patterns" you will find plenty. I think what you'll find is you will use 2 or 3 of the patterns, then, as you get the knack, you won't need them. And, one of the best parts of cutting snowflakes is the surprise you get when you unfold the star. Sorta like a gift in every snowflake 🙂

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