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How to Make Paper Snowflakes Into Ornaments Using Paper Doilies

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If you like paper doily crafts then you will enjoy making paper doily Christmas decorations. They always look festive, especially when you use them to make pretty paper snowflakes to decorate your home for the holidays. Making them is also easy on the budget as you can buy paper doilies at the grocery, craft or dollar store.

Making paper snowflake doily Christmas ornaments for your Christmas tree or to hang in a window to decorate your home for the holidays is easy when you use free snowflake cutting templates and patterns that you can print below and save to use over and over again.

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

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.

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

Using Paper Doilies to Make Paper Snowflake Christmas Ornaments

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

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 doily, 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.

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 Printable Paper Snowflake 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.

How to Make Snowflakes into Christmas 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 Paper Doilies For the Holidays

I like using paper 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 a Paper Doily and Cut It to 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. :-)

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.