Paper Snowflakes: No shoveling required

Paper Snowflakes: No shoveling required

Paper Snowflakes: No shoveling required


It’s said that each snowflake is unique. There are never two with the exact same size, shape, or pattern.

I considered that fact as drifting flakes filled the air for hours on end during the last few days: the “Superbowl Blizzard of 2015”.

We’re all unique beings, so I suppose the same could apply to snowflakes, however the “how” of it all is mind-boggling.

Have you ever made a paper snowflake? It’s really not difficult. The “how” of this type of snowflake creation does not, or at least should not, boggle the mind. 

I made over 200 for a fundraiser that Jame and I hosted last year that required decorating on a dime.  The snowflakes were basically free, unless you consider the nominal cost of a ream of paper and a sharp pair of scissors. And each snowflake was wonderfully unique.

I cut and then ironed each snowflake, which, considering the fact that I don’t even iron our own clothes as a rule, is quite iron-ic. Then we taped them to yarn and strung them to the ceiling.

And it was a magical effect: a white paper winter wonderland.




Our friend, Gary, and members of my dress-making posse and I hung all of the snowflakes the afternoon before the party. Later, I went home, and slept, and promptly dreamt that they all fell to the ground and flooded the entire banquet hall.




That’s when you know you’ve made too many paper snowflakes.

If you make just a few, however, you’ll walk away unharmed, and with beautiful mementos to boot.


Here’s how you make one:

Take a square piece of paper and fold it in half diagonally. Then crease it down the middle.




Then fold it in thirds, with the folded edge on the bottom. Use the crease to determine where you should anchor your folds.




Flip it over and cut off the two “ears” along the straight line of paper on the back.




And then the fun part begins. Using sharp scissors, make whatever cuts you want, just don’t cut all the way through from one edge to the other.






Just let your mind wander and clip away.  You can cut from the top, the bottom, or either side, but always make sure to stop short of the opposite edge.




Now, open it up,




And up, 




And up,




And flatten it out, and . . . voila! You have a lovely snowflake that’s uniquely you.






When Christmas rolls around next year, hang them up on the windows, doors, and anywhere else you can think of.


Paper snowflakes and poinsettias


They’re unique.




They’re celebratory.  




They’re little things that I love.


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Written by Becky


  • Patty from MMC says:

    When you think about the amount of snow we received, plus the fact that no 2 snowflakes are alike …’s mind-boggling! The ones you cut were so beautiful and unique as well!

    • Becky says:

      Thanks, Patty! On Christmas Day, Heather and my mom and I all sat down after dinner and made a few because my mom wanted to learn how. You should have seen the delicate ones Heather was cranking out. I think I missed the boat last year before our banquet by not enlisting her as chief snowflake-maker.

      • delbert gerdes says:

        A little flaky but lovely. We don’t have much snow here where we should have lots of it so I have no flakes to copy. I need Niece Heather to visit and show me how I guess. Your flaky uncle.

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