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Sing a Song of Snowflakes
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Sing a Song of Snowflakes

While the temperatures have been cool during the month, we have not seen any snowfall. I hope we have some snow on the way in the new year! To make up for the lack of precipitation, I made some snowflakes of my own…

Snowflakes Hanging on Door

Blue Snowflake Closeup

The project is simple, and perfect for a quick decoration. It took only 15 minutes to put it together!

I followed this tutorial: 3-D Paper Snowflake.

For this project, you will need:

  • origami paper (or any lightweight square-shaped paper)
  • scissors
  • clear tape
  • stapler (the smaller the staples, the better)

I used some patterned origami paper in blue and gold. I made two snowflakes today, but could make more for table decorations, or for a mantle garland. It is a fun craft that children can also do. Leave me a comment if you decide to make your own!

While the tutorial calls this a "snowflake", it could easily be a flower, or a star. In fact, it looks very much like the poinsettia that I bought last week! The poor poinsettia was on death's door – all wilted and dry – at the market. I got it at a discount, and nursed it back to health. It now adorns my table with big healthy ivory blossoms!

White Poinsetta

White Poinsetta

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Poinsettias on Wikipedia

History of the Poinsettia

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50 Responses

  1. Dana

    That is so cute! I have a huge stash of scrapbook paper that I think I will try. We have a lack of precip too.

  2. Beth

    Thank you for posting the link to the instructions! Your snowflakes look wonderful!!! I’ve been wanting to hang some snowflakes from my kitchen window, but can’t find any I like. Making my own will be great!

  3. Lin

    What beautiful snowflakes. thank you for the tutorial.

  4. Mintyfresh

    I love those snowflakes! The best part is that they are actually 6-sided, like a real snowflake. So many “snowflake” pattern things go with 8 sides, because it’s easier to do off a square piece of paper. So, yay for 6-sided snowflakes.

  5. Kathy

    Pretty snowflakes! I think I saw them somewhere yesterday, so the pattern may become one of those viral ones that we all get caught up in.

    I guess your cats don’t like to eat houseplants, eh? We’d have one very sick Pete if we had live poinsettias! As it is, he enjoys chewing the silk ones, and the plastic “foil” wrap on the pots. Cats!

  6. Julie

    Thanks for the link Lolly! We homeschool and this week is fun Christmas crafts, we will give this one a try. Living in Texas we RARELY get snow. As a matter of fact my 5 yo wants to move to a place where it snows every day.

  7. Nynke

    Hi Lolly, I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I really like it! You asked if anyone has made the snowflake before, I just posted about it on my blog a few days ago, but mine is only made from printer paper :-)

  8. vanessa

    your snowflakes are beautiful!

  9. Gina

    A student of mine brought one in to decorate our high school library. We demanded that she teach us how to make them! We have them hanging all over the library now. I taught my daughter how to make them and now we have them all over our house too!

  10. Ashley

    So pretty! I saw that tutorial on Not Martha and wanted to make some, but time slipped away–I will just have to admire yours instead!

  11. Stacey

    You have such a green thumb!

  12. Jenna

    What a great holiday craft. I wish I had known about them last week so I could have included a few in our holiday decorating contest at work. Maybe I’ll slip a few in today :) I bet you could also use wrapping paper cut into squares to get some nice designs and colors.

    You must have some special plant powers to nurse that poinsettia back to health.

  13. maryse

    i love those snowflakes. theyre’ on my to do list of christmas crafts.

  14. Julie

    Very pretty snowflakes! As far as I’m concerned, I’d be happy if they were the only kind of snowflakes I see all winter :)

  15. Amber

    Those snowflakes are beautiful! Thank you for the link. I want to make them this weekend! :) I have three mini poinsettias on my dining room table right now. They are so festive around this time of year. Merry Christmas!

  16. Kim

    Those are beautiful! This year is already a bust for doing things like this – even the tree is still only half trimmed!- but I’m going to save this for next year.

  17. Amy

    What a fun project – will have to file it away for next year. (Just like I filed away your knit trees last year & made them this year) :)

    I’m thinking this project will be a great way to use up some of the 12″ square scrapbooking papers I have.

  18. Zarah

    Both your snowflakes and your poinsettias look great! Thanks for the link, and Merry Christmas!

  19. tara

    Wow those are gorgeous! Have you seen the December Marie Clair Idees? It’s a French Magazine for sophisticated French crafters and they had flowers very similar to your snowflakes: SO pretty!

  20. Donna

    What a wonderful idea. You house must be just beautiful.

  21. Karen

    The paper snowflakes look fun! I would much prefer having them around over the real thing.

    When I buy a poinsettia, I wait until the last possible moment because my lack of green thumb kills them pretty fast. Yours is beautiful.

  22. dani

    I totally envy your green thumb – your poinsettias look great! I’m going to have to hide your paper flowers/snowflakes from my Mom though – if she sees them, I know what I’ll be doing this weekend.

  23. maya

    Those snowflakes are amazing! Thanks for the idea – I’m totally making some tonight. :-)

  24. Stephanie

    What lovely decorations. You’re just so crafty. I never have any luck with poinsettias, but yours looks very healthy and happy.

  25. Cathy

    My kids learned how to make those in elementary school! I love them! They truly do make a wonderful decoration right through January :)

  26. gleek

    oooh, thanks for the wikihow link. those snowflakes are gorgeous! i wish i had the energy to decorate for christmas this year. i’ll just have to wait till next year when i have a baby that can appreciate it :)

  27. heather

    wow! those are so pretty! if I could cut in a straight line…I’d make some!

  28. beth

    Wow those are wicked cool! Thanks for the link Lolly!

  29. strawberryfever

    hi lolly

    i too have been wanting to make these particular snowflakes, and did not kow where to find the instructions. they look spectacular, thanks for the link.

    i have been lacking the christmas / holiday spirit with all the overtime i have been putting in, so this is THE perfect way to try to cheer myself (and others) up !!! THANKS so much !!!!!

  30. isel

    Oh, pretty! I’ve been wanting to make those ever since the I saw them over at Betty’s (sincontrol.blogspot.com).
    Yours came out great!

  31. Dorothy B

    Beautiful snowflakes and they don’t look very hard in the instructions.

    Your poinsettia is gorgeous. I love the white ones especially at this time of year. They grow into such beautiful bonsai style houseplants too if you wanted to keep it. Once it is finished flowering, it will drop all of it’s leaves. Don’t despair, just keep watering lightly once a week. You should notice new leaves appearing in about a month. You’ll have a nice green tree that can get as high as four – five feet and as wide as two – three depending on how you prune. You can get it to bloom year after year, but I’ve never been successful at it since I am a lazy gardener inside too.

  32. betty

    lolly your snowflakes are beautiful!! and I love the white poinsettia. :)

  33. Elemmaciltur

    Thank you for posting about that craft project! I’m so going to make those stars/snowflakes/flowers/whatever you wanna view it as! And it has given me a good idea, too!

  34. Jennifer

    How pretty! I’ll have to make some.

  35. Mia

    Snowflakes that I don’t have to shovel!! Cool! And I have seen some snow out here in Frederick. Just flakes the other week but still snow. I am going to have to try these snow flakes.

  36. Moni

    Lolly! that is so cool! What a fantastic idea for a bulletin board!

  37. Jennifer

    Beautiful snowflakes!

  38. Leah

    Those are lovely!!! :)

  39. Karma

    Ooooh, pretty. Now I know what to do with my second graders when we go back to school in January!

  40. snowflake

    You can find a printable pattern for the 3-D snowflake at Paper Snowflakes for Children http://www.papersnowflakes.com/3dsnowflakes3.htm

  41. lorinda

    I see your magic touch extends beyond animal kingdom (aka wool) into the plant kingdom (paper AND flowers). Okay, it’s a stretch, but BEAUTIFUL poinsetta and snowflakes!

  42. Maritza

    Those are super-cool! Love ‘em!

  43. Amy Boogie

    The snowflakes are gorgeous! We now have hot pink snowflakes in our house!

    The poinsettia is beautiful. Hooray for giving it a new life.

  44. Nonnahs

    LOVE the snowflakes! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Now, to find pretty paper somewhere in the house…hmm… :)

  45. Sarah

    Those snowflakes were the hit of our work party decorations! Thanks for sharing the link :)

  46. claudine

    The snowflakes look great!! Thanks for the tutorial link Lolly :)

  47. Chrissie

    Pretty! Those could be used all winter long. You’re so talented, Lolly!

  48. mrspao

    Lovely snowflakes. I think I’m going to give those a try myself.

  49. CadyMay

    Get this…I don’t know you, but we have people in common on ravelry and I dig your knitting BUT I found your blog not because of your knitting, but because of this paper snowflake, via a strange and circuitious route!
    I was taking a coffee break, took camera outside, made some snowflake pictures that I was unhappy with, searched flicker for other snowflake pictures, saw your paper snowflake project, wow! nice, I am lately into 3d paper beside my knitting and photography, didn’t see a link to your blog, but did notice that some of the names of the flickr commenters where people who were my friends on ravelry. So, clicked on one of your knitting pics, which mentioned one of your ravelry projects, clicked on that to get to your ravelry name and this blog. Now, I am not a stalker, just thought that was so weird and makes the world very small in a strange sort of way.
    Back to your post…I really, really like the poinsetta picture, it captures the essence of what we are trying to capture when we take scissors to paper in the cold of winter to bring those amazing delicate shapes indoors!
    Thanks for the snowflake!

  50. Pranjal

    thanks for the link !!! i have tried a hand on it and the snowflakes has been turned out to be wonderful thanks again

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