I’ve had a couple of requests from people asking how I made my homemade snowflake decorations, so I thought I’d do a step-by-step to show you all how!
Before you get started, you’ll need:
6 pieces of paper, I used white, but you could use any colour, or even something a bit sparkly. It also looks good if you use paper which is one colour on one side and another colour on the other. Also, some sticky tape, scissors, a stapler and some festive ribbon.
2. Keep your six sheets of paper together and folded in half and turn so that you have a right-angled triangle, with the right angle at the top. Along the bottom edge you need to make two cuts on each side, which are parallel to the side, but don’t meet in the middle, as the pieces will just detach from the sheet. (I’ve probably made this sound a lot more complicated than it should be, just look at the picture and you’ll get it)
3.Open out your sheets of paper and take one from the pile. Starting in the middle, take the points of the cuts you made and fold inwards, overlapping them, and secure with some tape.
5. Repeat with the final, outermost corners, and you should have a tube.
7. You now need to attach the tubes to each other. Take three of the tubes (arranged as per the picture) and staple together. Repeat this process with the three remaining pieces so you have two sets of three.
8. Now take your two sets of three tubes and staple them together in the middle. Make sure your staple goes right through all six pieces of paper, otherwise they hang funny. You may need to smoosh down a couple of sections in order to get the stapler to the middle of the snowflake, but it’s easy enough to smooth it out after.
9. Make a small slit in the tops of one of the points and thread through a piece of festive ribbon or tinsel for hanging your snowflake. AT this stage, you could also add other embellishments, such as glitter.
10. Hang your snowflake and enjoy! (Once you’ve hung your snowflake, depending on the stiffness of the paper you’ve used, you may need to add a couple of pieces of tape to stop it from flopping. This is easily done and won’t affect the beauty of your work!)
So there you go, a cheap, easy and lovely looking homemade decoration which anyone can make. I’d urge you all to go and have a go, it makes one feel terribly christmassy and clever, and I’d love to see your creations, email pics to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll feature the best ones here! Also, let me know if you have any questions, as I’ve never done a step-by-step before and may have made it about as clear as mud!