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How to Make Paper Snowflakes & Ornaments Using Doilies

How to make the prettiest paper snowflakes to decorate your home for the holidays using paper doilies that you can buy at the grocery, craft or dollar store. Making paper snowflakes is even easier when you use these free snowflake cutting templates and patterns.


Free snowflake template and pattern used to make snowflake Christmas tree ornaments

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the first thing I do before anything else is to decide how I want to decorate the house for Christmas.

I like to change my holiday decor up from year to year and usually do this with a color scheme. I usually come up with this scheme in early November after thinking about a few colors until finalizing it. I have gone from traditional red and green one year to pastels another and this year – it is all about cedar green, white and silver.

paper snowflake designs cut into paper doilies that make the prettiest Christmas tree ornaments

This year I am also keeping my decorating simple, yet festive, using nature as my inspiration.

I also am using one of my favorite paper products to help me decorate.

Did you know that round paper doilies make the prettiest paper snowflakes?

The best way to make pretty paper snowflakes

If you use the 6″ diameter size, they also make festive Christmas tree ornaments.

A few quick snips with the tips of a small pair of scissors is all it takes to make a paper snowflake.

How to make a pretty paper snowflakes using round doilies.

When you use a paper doily, the snowflakes come out even prettier than a basic paper snowflake. I used a few different styles of 6″ round doilies to make each snowflake hanging on my tree unique.

Paper Snowflakes hanging on a Christmas tree made using paper doilies

I decided to use them exclusively on my Christmas tree this year.

I thought I might miss using some of my favorite tree ornaments on my tree, but I found an alternative. I simply chose the ones I love and have the most meaning for me and placed them in a wooden bowl on my coffee table. This keeps them in view and still part of my Christmas decor.

How to Make Paper Snowflakes Using Doilies

Using round paper doilies saves you a step when making snowflakes since they are already round. Less cutting is needed. They also make prettier snowflakes since they already come with decorative cut-outs around the edges and some even have embossed designs.

Note: The paper folding and cutting snowflake making steps are the same no matter what size round paper doily you use. So you can make any size snowflake you want.

supplies needed: RESOURCES listed at the end of this post.

  • 6″ round paper doilies
  • Paper Snowflake Patterns Cheat Sheet – link below
  • Small scissors
  • Iron, white cloth and ironing board
  • Ornament hangers
  • Optional: 10mm silver beads, spray glue and glitter

Free Paper Snowflake Making Patterns

The video below will teach you how to fold a doily. The next thing you will need to make snowflakes is to cut a pattern into the folded paper.

I made a pattern cheat sheet below which you can print out and always keep handy.

Paper Snowflake pattern cheat sheet

If you would like more designs, check out Pinterest for paper snowflake making patterns. There are literally hundreds of shapes and designs you can create.

PRINT THIS: PAPER SNOWFLAKE PATTERN CHEAT SHEET

How to Make Snowflakes into Tree Ornaments

Once you have made a snowflake, unfold it. To turn it into an ornament, first lay it out flat on an ironing board. Then cover it with a thin white cloth ( I used a linen napkin) and press to flatten the cut doily.

Next, simply punch a small hole into the top of the snowflake and attach an ornament hook.

How to decorate a Christmas tree using handmade paper snowflakes made from doilies.

Optional Finishing Touch: Spray a light coat of spray glue over the paper snowflakes and then sprinkle glitter over them. Gently shake and let dry.

The best way to make pretty paper snowflakes

If you like the look of the snowflakes, but don’t want to make them yourself, you can buy small card stock or tissue paper snowflakes at a party store or on Amazon. I used a few of these on my tree to vary the designs on the tree.

The snowflake in the upper right corner is a tissue paper snowflake I bought. It comes in a pack of 25. The one in the upper left is made of card stock and comes in a pack of 10.

Other Ways To Use Doilies For the Holidays

I like using doilies to decorate my house. They have many uses besides as a liner for baked goods. They are a fast and easy DIY to do that is very budget friendly and when the holidays are over, easy to take down.

I have used them to:


How To Video: How to Fold Paper Doily, Cut and Make a Snowflake

This short video will show you all you need to do to make the snowflakes. When first making them, you may want to lightly draw the pattern on the folded doily to get used to how to need to cut them. After making a few, you will find you may not need to draw the pattern and can simply cut by following the basic cut pattern on the cheat sheet as I do in the video.

  1. Fold doily into a triangular shape.
  2. Place folded doily on work surface with the pointed side up.
  3. Draw or trace one of the pattern’s above on top of folded doily.
  4. Cut along the dotted lines.
  5. Unfold

Christmas tree with white lights decorated with handmade paper doily snowflakes

I also decided to buy an artificial tree this year for a few reasons, but the main one was so we could keep it up longer without worrying about it drying out.

easy paper snowflakes to make using paper doilies. They make festive Christmas tree ornaments.

I like the sparser style tree style that is becoming more popular and decided to go for one.

I ordered it from Home Depot and was sent two in different heights. When I called their Customer Service to find out why and to see if I was charged twice, I was told no. I was also told, Merry Christmas… to keep the second tree since it was their mistake. :-)

It is on the other side of my living room. I will show it to you in my next post.

Where to Find RESOURCES:

Want to learn how to make a “very cute” paper snowflake? I saw this Reindeer pattern paper snowflake over on Etsy. I loved it and thought you would too.

How to make pretty and very easy paper snowflakes using paper doilies. Video tutorial and free printable .pdf cheat sheet.

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20 Comments

  1. Love how your tree looks with the snowflakes. I’ve been into the sparse looking trees myself for a while. I made poster board snowflakes a while ago and still use them. I actually offer a free cutting pattern file download

    1. Hi Julia – thanks. I really am liking the sparse tree and the fact that I don’t have to water it. :-) I will check out your blog for the cutting pattern. Once you know how to make a snowflake, it is kind of addicting to search and find new patterns to cut. The choices are unlimited, just like real snowflakes – no two are identical.

  2. You are literally an answer to my prayers today. I have been struggling for about a week and when I woke up and saw your blog post in my Google feed, I literally gasped. I am so grateful. Heather

  3. I always enjoy your Christmas color schemes. This year is especially beautiful. Simple, elegant and serene. I also love white twinkling lights Thank you for the info about making paper snowflakes.

  4. Your tree is beautiful. I’d like to purchase the tree from Home Depot, however, your purchasing info is a link to Amazon. Can you share the item # from Home Depot?
    Happy Holidays!

    1. Hi Julie – I found the same tree on Amazon as it is out of stock at Home Depot. It was an online only sold tree there. Here is the link, maybe they have replenished the stock. http://bit.ly/2YhL6sQ Do an online search for Puleo International Aspen Fir 7.5 feet high, pre lit tree.

  5. Lovely tree. I feel obligated to reuse what I have but you have me thinking I should purge some of my items and hit “refresh” in the Christmas decor. Thanks for the snowflake patterns too!

  6. You do everything so nicely – just little extra touches. I’m thinking now of the silver beads on the hangers. Such a nice and elegant yet simple touch to make something that’s ordinarily nothing to something that stands out.

  7. Diane, you are my kindred spirit, I’ve said that so many times over the years. I have always decorated for Christmas with pine green, sage green, ivory, cream, and silver. Those colors are quiet, tranquil and cozy for me and also allow me to continue using some of the decor through the end of February. The snowflakes you made are so delicate and frosty looking, just beautiful! Your tree is simply elegant! The wrapped packages, candles, and mantel decor speak Christmas simply and softly. Thank you for sharing your lacy snowflakes.

  8. Very pretty Christmas color scheme! I am going to buy doilies today and make these snowflakes. Thanks for the tips about how to press the folds out of the flakes, too!

  9. I love the simplicity of the tree this year!
    You must have an idea of the colors you’ll be using BEFORE Thanksgiving as your presents match and blend so nicely. When and how do you actually come with the theme?

    1. Thank you Stacy – I usually come up with the color scheme and some years a theme in early November after looking to see what is out in the stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels. I may play with a few ideas in my head, until making a decision and then going for it. I knew this year I wanted to decorate with nature in mind. It looks more cohesive with the lake and wooded setting around my house. I also knew I wanted to keep it simple, yet festive. I will be sharing more over the next two weeks.

  10. just lovely! i think you did a great job… i also do paper ornaments and dip the tips in silver glass glitter…. still keeps it simple but adds a little touch of sparkle…. merry christmas diane!

    1. Hi Leesa – Dipping the tips in silver glitter glass sounds beautiful. I love glitter and am one of those people that feel it isn’t Christmas without some glitter sprinkled around. :-) I need to find a good resource for Glitter Glass. Where do you buy yours? Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and holiday season.

      1. thank you diane! i order it from etsy… they are a great resource for craft supplies…. happy holidays to you as well! i look forward to seeing more of your decor this year!! leesa

      2. I love the serene and tranquil look you have achieved. I love your tree. Looks so real. I have a Home Depot near me. What is the type and style of your tree if I may ask. I got a smaller artificial one but it is too thick. I love the sparser branchy look yours has.

        You are such a great decorator and user of unique things that make your house look so cozy and well put together. I love following your blog and have suggested it to several friends.

        Thanks so much for loving what you do and doing it so artistically.❤️???

        1. Hi Mary Ann – My tree is made by Puleo International 7.5 Aspen Fir. It is pre-lit and is sold at a few stores and Amazon. I wanted a sparser look, too. I did add some twinkle lights to mine. :-)

          Here is the link to it: http://bit.ly/2YhL6sQ It looks like the 7.5 size at Home Depot and Walmart are sold out. It is also sold on Amazon. Here is the link: https://amzn.to/2YbmTEz There is also a shorter size that is still available.

          I hope you can find it. Thanks for telling your friends about my blog. That is the best compliment ever. :-)