Lacy snowflake tutorial | How About Orange

December 13, 2006

Lacy snowflake tutorial

This is a speedy, fun project. I've hung one of these in each of our living room windows, and it looks festive and wintery. How to make it:

1. Download my large snowflake template or small snowflake template. Print enough pages so you'll have 6 squares (1 or 2 sheets, depending on which template you chose). Cut along the inner lines with an X-acto knife and then cut out the squares.

2. For each snowflake, bend the tips of the inner-most flaps toward each other and curl with your fingers to give them shape. (No tape needed for this pair of flaps.)

3. Moving outward from the center, bend the next pair of flaps around in the opposite direction until they meet. Overlap ends and secure with double-stick tape or glue.

4. Repeat with the next pair of flaps, bending them in the opposite direction. Do the same for each concentric pair of flaps, alternating directions each time and taping ends together. Continue on to the remaining 5 squares, making the snowflake parts the same way you did the first one.

5. Tape all 6 points together to form a snowflake.

46 comments:

Cuteable said...

Thanks for visiting Cuteable Jess -- wow, that is an amazing snowflake!!! =)

Anonymous said...

WOW! That's sooooo pretty!! Will you make me some? (I don't have an X-acto knive.) ;-)

Your new window looks nice, too. ;-)

YBF

pinkmohair said...

Love the orangey color; it sort of shimmers. I may try one of these.

andrea said...

that is so cool. i think i'll try it.

nicole lecht said...

thank you thank you thank you! i've been sooo wanting to know how to make these! now i can!! u rock! i've also linked u up by the way!

Mia said...

This is so gorgeous. Wish I had found it before Chrissy - oh well there is always next year.

Beth Howard said...

Oh, these are lovely! I'll have to make some for wintry valentine's decor.

Belém said...

Very pretty indeed! I'll make it for next Christmas

J.J. Killins said...

ok i've got mine all cut out and xacto'd - do i tape each little curl? like do the innermost flaps, tape, then the next set, tape?

Jess said...

Yep! The "square' part in the middle you just curl a bit and don't tape because the corners don't reach. Working from the center out, take the next pair of flaps and tape them together. Then grab the next pair, bend them to the opposite side, and tape. And so on, alternating which side you bend to.

Cheeekie said...

This is so pretty. I am making one right now using a simlar shade of salmon paper. Thanks for sharing this craft.

Sarah said...

These are really great I love making things and these are so pretty, I love the color.

rachel said...

trying it right now! so pretty, thanks for sharing!

The Chatty Housewife said...

You can also make these by just folding a square piece of paper in half twice to make a triangle. Then make 5 cuts up the paper on the folded edge (the edge that doesn't open at all) towards the opposite side.

Marie Beausoleil said...

I made a few of the individual "arms" and hung them in my window - they're pretty enough just like that. I didn't use an exacto knife. I folded the paper into half to make a triangle, then folded the triangle so that I could make the cuts identical on each side. I made one with just three cuts on each side and then another with six cuts on each side. The second one turned out much prettier.

Anonymous said...

these are very pretty and i've made them for the office. i do have one quick tip... you don't have to use an exacto knife. instead just use scissors. much easier!!!

Jenna said...

Thank you for the tutorial!! I made some to hang in my dining room! Here are some pictures:

http://simplyjenna.blogspot.com/2009/12/snowflakes.html

Thank you for the inspiration!!

craft lover said...

this is so beautiful and easy. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love these snowflakes and was planning to make them for Christmas, 2010. However, they keep coming apart on me! what type of adhesive did you use? I have tried ZOTS brand adhesive dots and also Duck brand tape roller. Both have come apart. Please help...anyone?

The Chatty Housewife said...

I use a stapler for attaching them all together. For making each part of the snowflake, I used a really old sticky glue stick, so I can't help you there! Just make sure to let each part dry before you put them together as snowflakes and hang them.

Jess said...

I use regular double-sided tape. Scotch or something. I just tear off tiny little pieces. So far they've lasted a couple years.

Anonymous said...

thanks for your responses. I think I may have figured out the problem, though...i was using a heavier cardstock rather than a lighter weight paper. I think it may be too heavy and that is why my points would not stay together. I am going to try again with a lighter weight paper and see what happens!

Jess said...

Ah! That's it. I just used regular computer paper.

vupper eyelid said...

I came out I did spectacularly! thanks for the info, congratulations on the blog ..

vertigo symptoms said...

although this is a small blog, helped me to give me as I am an artist, is a joke, I was horrible the flower!

unhealthy foods said...

my son gave me this pink and I did not know how he managed to do, now I realize that everything he does them out of these blogs!

linkaloons said...

oh my! my mother and i used to make this stuff when i was younger and we'd use them as Christmas decors.. so nice to see them here!:)

Anonymous said...

I made one and loved how easy it is to make. I will use white glitter paper and hang them from the ceiling for Christmas.

Cyndi Abundabar Ting said...

Was feeling crafty and searched Google - sent me to you site!
Thank you for the easy and cute snowflake!

Since my printer is broken I just cut out the pattern freehand. Also used gluestick and staples to assemble. Still came out nice!

Jessica Jones said...

Good work! :)

Third Girl From the Right said...

Great tutorial. I blogged about my first attempt here http://thirdgirlfromtheright.blogspot.com/2011/12/holiday-decorating.html

Anonymous said...

when making the snowflake just use the scrapbook paper with a different color on either side

Lena said...

I made two of these last night. One with cheap printer paper, and the other with a heavier orange card stock; My tree is creamsicle inspired this year. Until you get the hang of folding and holding these, DO NOT use card stock, it's more difficult to curl the edges and glue them. I used a glue stick (like in elementary school) and these came together in a snap.

Shoez54 said...

I love this! It's so easy and beautiful. My son and significant other have not been able to find a tree topper that they 1) both like and 2) that will stay on the top of the tree. I'm going to make one to match the color scheme of the tree as an early gift. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!

Will try making for the nursing home next year!

Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Love your tutorial, however, The link for the template doesn't work. Is it possible to give the dimensions of the squares? Thanks!

Jessica Jones said...

The link works for me. Maybe try again?

Cherokee Rodriguez said...

been looking for this for weeks thank you so much! love them!

Anonymous said...

I luv them, thanks for sharing

Dixie n Dottie said...

This is so neat! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_12_04_archive.html

Kristi said...

My Husband & I made the snow flakes to decorate our enclosed front porch. We also made "icicles" with one square of the large, small, & extra small (the small template printed at 75%) templates. Thank you for inspiring creativity!

Asha Dsouza said...

really beautiful !!

it is good in christmas time..

love it.

Homemade For Friends said...

These look amazing! Another great present topper for all of my holiday gifts. FYI I've posted a link to your tutorial on my blog at http://homemadeforfriends.com/2013/11/29/holiday-gift-decorating/

Happy Holidays Jessica! Love your blog :)
Melissa

Jessica Jones said...

Thanks, Melissa!

Anonymous said...

I tried to make them and they are actually pretty easy.
Thanks for the tutorial

LINDA THRELFALL said...

I love the ease of this project! I had some scrap booking paper that was white pearl on one side and purple glitter prism on the other and it made a gorgeous "sun catcher" for my windows. My grandkids loved making some to give to their mommies for Christmas. It's so easy my 4 yr old could do it himself! Thanks for sharing! I'd love to see what other projects you have.

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