How to Make a No-Sew Paper Snowflakes Window Curtain

I am enjoying decorating my house for the holidays with snowflakes this year.  I like them for a few reasons.  1. They are white and go with anything   2. They can be used all winter long.  3.  I finally learned how to make a decent looking one with the help of Pinterest.

I used my new found knowledge, along with some unique yarn and Aleene’s Tacky Dot Roll of adhesive dots to make it look like it is snowing in my dining room.  No sewing involved.How to make a snowflake curtain

I have seen a similar version of this paper snowflakes window treatment on Pinterest, but they require you to sew the snowflakes together on a machine or use fishing line to connect them. Way too hard – right now I can’t even find my sewing machine under all the holiday decorations I hauled down from my attic.

Recently I was at the fabric store to buy some supplies for another project when I saw this yarn.  It is called Spark-a-Doodle by Red Heart. It grabbed my attention. It was so unique  – so I bought a skein. I do not know how to knit, but knew I would find a use for it someday.

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Two days later – it struck – a snowstorm of an idea with my newly learned  snowflake making skill – a no-sew version of the Pinterest inspiration – using the yarn, paper snowflakes and Aleene’s Tacky Dot Roll of Adhesive Dots.  They are like hot glue, but are all ready to use.  Paper crafters and scrap bookers use them often.  I remember when hot glue and a glue gun became mainstream – it changed so much in the DIY world.  Well, these Tacky Glue Dots from Aleene’s are in that category – as one of the greatest inventions ever.  They make doing any project that requires glue of some sort –neat and easy!  The best part – no glue gun burns or glue residue strings on your projects.  I used the large size Tacky Dots to hang my snowflakes, but Aleene’s also makes small ones.

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The first step is to make snowflakes. I have included a full tutorial on how to make pretty snowflakes at the end of this post. Once you have all of your snowflakes cut out, press them with an medium temperature iron to remove some of the fold lines.
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On the more intricate snowflakes, I used a fabric napkin as a pressing cloth so I would not damage any of the details on the snowflakes.
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Once the snowflakes were all pressed, I gathered them, the yarn, and Aleene’s Tacky Dots and began to assemble the snowflakes to hang.

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I found it was easier to attach the snowflakes to the pom-poms on the yarn when the yarn was hanging from the window.  I mounted a tension rod to my window and tied 3  pieces of yarn from it that were the length of my window.

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I spread the pieces across the window so the snowflakes would be centered in the window panes.  You could add as many as you want to fill up your window.

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The pom-poms on the yarn are spaced about 4-inches apart.  I figured out where I wanted each snowflake to go and lined them up with the pom-poms on each piece of yarn. I attached a Tacky Dot on the snowflake where it would meet the pom pom.  I found it easier to attach the dots to the snowflakes first and then the pom poms. I did a few where I attached the Tacky Dot to the pom-pom first, but it was harder to remove the Tacky Dot from the clear paper strip the Tacky Dot’s come on.

The directions say not to touch the dots with your hands as they may lose a little bit of their stickiness.  I simply unrolled the strip of dots as I worked down each piece of yarn hanging from the window.   I pressed the dot to the back of each snowflake and then rubbed over the clear sheet and then peeled the sheet away from the Tacky Dot.  I then pressed the dot on the snowflake to a pom-pom.  Most of the Tacky Dots came off very easily.

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I positioned the snowflakes so there was at least one or two pom-poms on each snowflake.  It was quite easy and took me less than 10 minutes for each window – I did two windows with the hanging snowflakes.  This photo shows the pom-pom is centered on the back of the snowflake.

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Here you can see there are 3 pom-poms. I used a Tacky Glue Dot on each pom- pom.

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The snowflakes gently move around and the pom-poms look like little snowballs.  I love how my windows look. All ready for the holidays.  Thanks to the invention of Tacky Glue Dots – it was easy!

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How to Make a Paper Snowflake

I have tried for many years to make the perfect snowflake and have never had success, until now. I found a great snowflake making pattern diagram on Pinterest and I have become a “pretty” snowflake maker overnight.

This folding technique is for every snowflake. The different shapes and designs happen when you cut into the folded paper triangle.  To make different sizes use different size paper or cut the folded triangle down in size before cutting a design into it.  I used plain 8-1/2” x 11” white copy paper to make my snowflakes.

1.  You need a square piece of paper for a perfect snowflake. To make it fold your paper as shown. Cut off the section that is not overlapped.

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2.  Open up the paper and refold into a rectangular shape.

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3.  Find the center folded bottom edge and fold one side over from center mark.

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4. Repeat on the other side – making sure all the edges are lined up.

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5. Fold it over matching up edges.

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6. Cut off the excess paper from the top to create a straight line making sure all the top edges are the same and you have a neat little triangle. Trim more if necessary to make sure everything is even.

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7. Follow one of the designs in the diagram below and cut your folded paper using a sharp pair of scissors.

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8. Carefully open it up.  Voila!  A pretty snowflake.

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How to Cut the Design into Folded Paper to Create a Snowflake

Once the paper is folded. Hold the paper triangle as shown in the diagram below.  Cut following the patterns to create different snowflakes. Once I got the hang of it – I was creating my own designs and not using this as a guide anymore.

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Cutting diagram from: Live Internet Ru
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I made Trax a little something to play with so he would leave me alone when I was hanging the snowflakes.
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Best way to hang paper snowflakes at a window

Comments

  1. says

    This is great. I have a pile of snowflakes I just cut and was working out how to hang them. I’m not keen on fishing wire either. Don’t know if I can get what you used here in Asutralia, but I’ll work something out.
    Thanks Kylie

  2. says

    ok, I saw that yarn in fall colors and bought it just to roll up. Just yesterday I looked at it and thought I wonder if it comes in white! And I love this look, I may need to find a place to add it!

  3. says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! We are missionaries in Ukraine, and I am always looking for something special to do with my kids. Since this is a third world country, we do not have a lot available to us, but everyone has paper and scissors! LOL!

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  4. Toni says

    Just beautiful, Diane- I love that the snowflake window treatment can stay up through the winter.

  5. Kristin says

    Hi Diane,
    I wanted to know where you got those templates for the snowflakes. I can’t seem to find it on that link you provided. Everything is in another language and it has me a bit confused! Help please!! :)

  6. Billie says

    Hi Diane,
    I really enjoyed making these snowflakes tonight. After a long, hard day, it was nice to come home and make something so simple beautiful. Your creativity is boundless. I love your blog and look forward to your posts. You’ve become one of my “daily read” decorating blogs.

    Have a wonderful holiday season. And I love your new dog-adorable and fun to see how she reacts to her new surroundings.

  7. says

    Great finished project and excellent tutorial!! I learned how to make snowflakes from tissue paper from a substitute teacher in 2nd grade. Her name was Mrs. Overby. I always love the magic in the end result!! Thanks so much for playing with our Aleene’s Tacky adhesives. You have a great finished project!!

  8. says

    BTW… We featured your project on our FB page. Please like us and check it out if you haven’t already! facebook.com/lovetocreate

  9. says

    I love this! So simple and darling. My kind of craft. I would have never thought to use a tension rod-you are a genius! Plus-no sewing-you are my kind of crafter.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Tausha
    sassystyleredesign.blogspot.com

  10. says

    I am SO excited about this! Duh, never thought to actually find patterns for making nice snowflakes! Thanks for this idea — can’t wait to give it a try to dress up my bay window!

  11. says

    I am totally going to make these !!! Originally from Colorado (lots of snow!), I moved to Australia 14 years ago (no snow !) and though I don’t miss the cold … I do miss the beautiful snow flakes !! This is such a great idea.

    Putting spark-a-doodle on my shopping list !!

  12. says

    Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found you via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!

  13. Angel says

    Late in posting this but I did this in both of my kitchen windows for the holidays! My 8 yo daughter loved cutting out the snowflakes and it looked great. Thank you for the great idea and tutorial. We had tons of compliments at our Christmas Eve party (my daughter was beaming :) )

  14. says

    Great tutorial, and fantastic results! I found this on Pinterest and will be pinning it for myself to do in a month or so. Love the look…and will go wonderful with my snowman collection!
    Thanks so much
    Debbie :)

  15. says

    Hi Diane!
    I hope you get this comment. I was just looking back at my Christmas pin board and this was one of the very first Pins in there.
    I actually MADE these!! BEFORE I was a blogger. Before I’d ever even read a blog! I saw it on Pinterest. It must have been the same winter that you blogged this. I LOVED this project!
    When ever I see this Pin – I think I’m looking at a picture of my kitchen – mine looked JUST like yours!
    Thanks for the inspiration – glad I finally realized who made them!!
    -Breida

    • says

      Hi Breida – I agree with you – they are one of my fave holiday decorations. They are so classic and go with everything, plus a little magical! When I take them down every year, I carefully store the entire curtain – rods and all in between two pieces of cardboard, I will be putting them up again right after Thanksgiving. I think I may even make a few more for my studioffice this year.

  16. Shelly Robinson says

    Hi Diane,
    Thank you so much for the step by step tutorial. You’re paper snowflake curtain is beautiful & you’ve made it so simple that you’ve inspired me to make some too. Since the forecast isn’t calling for snow until 17 December where I live, I can bring it early with your shared project :)

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