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Posted in Family and Friends | December 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s nice to find a quiet, creative way to keep kids occupied while they’re winding down from the busyness of festive parties, visits and feasts. They’re likely to still be in celebration mode, so finding a simple, seasonal craft they’ll enjoy is a great way to keep the fun rolling while focusing all that boundless energy. As luck would have it, December 27 is Make Cut-out Snowflakes Day!

Of course, you certainly don’t have to be a kid to embrace this day—there are some beautiful, intricate ways to turn paper snowflakes into elegant winter-themed home décor accents. Quilling, a papercraft that involves rolling fine strips of paper into little coils that are then assembled into an endless variety of designs, is a rather grown-up way to make a paper snowflake. Older kids can certainly give it a try, but the fine, detailed work is something adults may enjoy a little more. For step-by-step information on how to make quilled shapes and snowflakes, visit Instructables, Makezine , and All Things Paper. For a general overview of quilling techniques, visit Makezine.

Kids will likely be more inclined to enjoy the magic of cutting into folded paper and revealing a beautiful snowflake when the paper is opened back up. Perhaps the nicest thing about paper snowflakes is, like real ones, they’re all just a little bit different depending upon how they’re folded and cut. Kids will have a great time showing off their snowflakes and being inspired by the creativity of other family members.

There are really just a few simple rules that kids should follow:

  • Fold your paper into a triangle, like this:
  • Always leave at least one point on each long side of the folded triangle intact. If you cut all the way through on either side, you’ll end up with a bunch of little pieces instead of one, completely intact snowflake.
  • The more cuts you make, the more intricate your snowflake will be. If you’ve made a lot of cuts, unfold your snowflake very carefully because it will be fragile.
  • If you don’t like the way your snowflake looks, fold it back up and start again!

Real snowflakes are white, but paper snowflakes can be any color at all!

  • Use scraps of leftover holiday wrapping paper.
  • Use newspaper (the comics section or colorful flyers would be perfect), which gives you a nice opportunity to teach your children about the importance of recycling and reusing.
  • Before cutting your snowflake, color plain white paper with crayons, paint, markers or pencil crayons.

If your children are old enough, it’s a nice idea to leave a “snowflake cutting station” out on a table after December 27 so they can continue to create whenever they’re feeling inspired. Make sure to include a few pairs of scissors (safety scissors, if your children are young) and pieces of paper, as well as some thread, tape and a hole punch for hanging. You never know when the mood to create will strike, so making all the materials easily available is a great way to inspire random acts of creativity.

You could scatter your finished snowflakes across a table, tape them to windows, hang them from the top of a window or the ceiling using thread, or string them together into a garland that could be draped along a fireplace mantel or in an archway. For more gorgeous ideas for using your paper creations around the house, visit Amazing Interior Design .

For dozens of paper snowflake templates and ideas, visit Papersnowflakes.com , then gather up your materials and get ready to make your own one-of-a-kind indoor blizzard!

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