I enjoy cutting out snowflakes
with my kids for the holiday season, but
these flat paper flakes
tend to curl when I tape them to the windows,
and tear when I take them down, so I moved on to quilling more sturdy
quilled paper snowflakes.
They are stunningly simple to make if you have a bit of patience.
I staple six sheets of white paper together and use a paper cutter to
cut six long narrow strips of paper at a time. A few minutes at
the cutter gets me a nice pile of shredded paper to work with. If
you prefer, you can purchase precut quilling paper.
For the snowflakes, I need shapes in sets of six, or sometimes 12, so I
line up the papers and mark them lightly before I curl them so each
circle ends up the same size.
Then I use a dab of glue on a pin (or you could use a toothpick or any
little pointy thing) to barely wet the end of the paper and stick it so
it just covers the little line.
I should probably be using acid free glue and paper, but at this time
I'm using my kids leftover school glue (I seem to buy them each a new
bottle each year, but it never gets used up and it does collect over
time) and ultra bright white printer paper since it's what I had
available. Having the materials and a paper cutter on hand made
this craft free, and that works really well for me! I'll let you
know in a few years how badly my paper filigree quilled snowflakes yellow,
and if the yellowing gives them that
special antique look.
After gluing the quilled circle, a simple pinch turns it into a teardrop
shape. You can pinch with smallest curled end in the center, or
pull it to the top, bottom, or side for interesting variety in your
work. When you get practiced at that, try multiple pinches for
There are lots of shapes you can roll from a strip of paper including
those shown here. The only limit is your imagination. I
usually make a bunch of shapes in sets of 6 or 12 and then make the
snowflakes when I have more time.
I started making the snowflakes by just gluing the pieces and eyeballing
them, but quickly discovered that a few moments with a pencil, paper,
ruler and protractor making six evenly spaced spokes to line the flakes
up on made for a nicer finished product. Before long I added a bit
of thin foam underneath so I could keep the pieces in place easily while
the glue set so things didn't wiggle as I added each piece. I
tired of redrawing the template each time, so I made it on the
pc and can simply print more as mine get too worn, glue speckled and full
of pin holes.
a pdf file of the
image so you can use it to make your paper filigree snowflakes too.
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