Paper snowflakes are an easy way to decorate your home for the holidays. They can even stay up all winter long. Paper snowflakes are easy to make and can be made using white computer paper that makes them a very budget friendly option for holiday decor.
I used my new found paper snowflake making knowledge, along with some unique yarn and a roll of adhesive glue dots to make it look like it is snowing in my dining room. No sewing involved.
How to Make Paper Snowflakes and Hang Them
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 Pomp-a-Doodle by Red Heart or Spark a Doodle. 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.
I made the no-sew paper snowflakes and hung them using the yarn 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.
The glue makes 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.
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.
2. Open up the paper and refold into a rectangular shape.
3. Find the center folded bottom edge and fold one side over from center mark.
4. Repeat on the other side – making sure all the edges are lined up.
5. Fold it over matching up edges.
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.
7. Follow one of the designs in the diagram below and cut your folded paper using a sharp pair of scissors.
8. Carefully open it up. Voila! A pretty snowflake.
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.
How to Hang Paper Snowflakes In Front of a Window
1. Once you have all of your snowflakes cut out, press them with a medium temperature iron to remove some of the fold lines.
2. 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.
3. Once the snowflakes were all pressed, I gathered them, the yarn, and Aleene’s Tacky Dots and began to assemble the snowflakes to hang.
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.
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.
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.
If using regular yarn: The pom-poms on the pom-pom yarn I used are spaced about 4-inches apart. If you are using regular yarn, make a knot in the yarn every 4 inches and use the knot as the place to add the glue dot to.
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.
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.
Here you can see there are 3 pom-poms. I used a Tacky Glue Dot on each pom- pom.
I made Trax a little something to play with so he would leave me alone when I was hanging the snowflakes.
For more holiday decorating ideas, click on over to my holiday project gallery where you will find many affordable DIY holiday decorating ideas just like this Paper Snowflake Curtain.
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