How To Cut Paper Snowflakes
People have asked me for paper snowflake patterns, and I'm not quite
sure what to tell them. When I make my snowflakes, I
fold up the paper
and lightly sketch a design in pencil to cut out.
I like to draw a tree or snowman along the long folded edge. Note that
the long folded edge of the snowflake is actually the short folded edge
of the paper when you fold a standard sheet of paper. See the
gingerbread man on the left? I drew him on the long snowflake
The gingerbread man is a good example of a place where I should have
used a pattern. Somewhere in my home I probably have a gingerbread man
cookie cutter that I could have used to trace a cuter gingerbread man shape. I'm
not good at those yet, which is why I tend to draw more snowmen and
Christmas trees. I find them easier to sketch.
The triangle above is the only part of the flake you need to draw, and
yours doesn't have to look like mine. If it helps, unfold the flake and
draw whole figures (snowmen, trees...) and then erase the parts you
don't need before you fold it back up and cut it out. The point is to
have fun. There is no need to put shapes in your snowflakes, but I find
that they make nice gifts and great conversation pieces. I enjoy trying
different things even when the result looks better crumpled and tossed
than it does on my window. Not every attempt is a keeper.
Here are a few more flakes I've cut out to help give you ideas for your
own paper snowflakes.
There is no need to confine your imagination to holiday shapes. Your
snowflakes can be whatever you want them to be. This next flake has
computers in it.
Some of the shapes aren't perfect. Sometimes the paper slips, or the
folds aren't precise, and I cut off something like the brim of the hat.
Don't sweat the small stuff. When there are a bunch of snowflakes
decorating the window, the little details that only you know about aren't going to draw much
I planned to make more snowflakes this year, but while my little
one isn't big enough for scissors, he is old enough to want them. Next
year I'll try to get more creative, photograph them before I give them
away, and absolutely use better backgrounds for the pictures!
Meanwhile, check out my Grandma's green cookies
Regular scissors will work, but the more fine detail you add the more
difficult it will become to cut out your snowflakes. I use a regular
hole punch, a mini hole punch (great for eyes, buttons, dots on the
tree, and the curve inside tiny candy canes) and these scissors:
If you can find an old pair, the grip was a softer material that felt
better to hold, and the blades did a better job of cutting snowflakes
without producing little tears in the corners. Designs change, so
perhaps by the time you get your scissors they'll be different yet again. Both
kinds work; the old ones just work and feel a bit better. I've seen them
in craft stores and sold as pruning scissors.