Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Paper Snowflake

asside: Don't you LOVE the fabric in this post? I am looking for more. It is made by Nathan & Co. and I purchased it at WalMart. I have been to WalMart's all over the valley and cannot find it anymore. If anyone sees it anywhere, get a phone number from the seller & let me know. I will personally call that place and pay them to ship it to me.
Ok, On with my Tutorial
I saw this snowflake hanging in our library. In fact I saw many, many, many snowflakes hanging all over our library. There were HUGE ones and small ones. I could tell it was a cut/paste type of a craft, but couldn't figure, for the life of me, how to make one.

The kind librarian took the time to make one of the "arms" of the flake, if that is what you call it. Anyway. Once she gave me the instructions, I figured I had better make one, make a tutorial and be done with it, otherwise I would forget how.
OH and you can click on any picture to enlarge it.
So here is your paper snowflake tutorial:
Make a square by folding diagonally, so one side meets the right angle side. Cut off the excess and don't use your mom's best fabric scissors. It doesn't matter what size. fold diagonally once more.Do five more just like the first one. For larger snowflakes, sometimes it is better to make a total of eight. But that is really not a snowflake anymore, because they only have six sides.

K, so you have three sides to the triangle. For the sake of clarity (I hope), I will assign names to each side. Side A will be the side with one fold, side B will be the side with two folds, and side C will be the side with four edges. Does that make sense? I'm not so good with tutorials, I think. . .
If you have any questions on which side is which, I have put a note on each side of the triangle in my flickr site. Just hover the mouse over the picture and the note will pop up.

Next, with a pencil, draw a faint line 1/2 inch away from side B. You will be cutting UP TO this line. Then draw several lines parallel to side C all the way to the middle point, about 1/2 inch apart from one another.
With the paper folded in fourths, cut through all layers on the parallel lines.

Now for the folding: Once all are cut on the lines, open them up to the square.

take the innermost two triangles and put tape or glue on the tips and join them together.

then turn the whole piece over and take the next two points. Glue them in the center

flip it again, glue the next two points together

flip it again and glue the outer points together

by now you should have something that looks like this.

Then all you have to do is join them. take three arms and staple three points together. Do the same with the other three.

then look at the diagram. Each "x" represents where you staple. Staple the two halves together.

punch a hole in the top of one and hang from the ceiling.
if you have any questions, please ask me via email. I will try to explain better. yikes tutorials are hard!
~ have a good Sabbath


david mcmahon said...

What a great blog name you have.

Here in summery Australia it's too hot for snowflakes of ANY description ....

Significant Snail said...

Wow...what a beauty of a snowflake! I'm going to have to make some!

Anonymous said...

Veery pretty!!!

Adele said...

Love the snowflake! Love the blog! I'll be back.... I'm not a lurker. :)

Katie @ said...

What a tough tutorial to put together! I'm going to give your instructions a shot, though. It looks so pretty.


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