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A Snowflake How-To . personal

December 8, 2009

.for Courtney.

I love this time of year.  Where we listen to Christmas music all day. Parents surprise kids and buy a real Christmas tree. Succumb to random bouts of baking sweets. Sit on the floor and wrap gifts. Shop with mom. Decorate the tree twice, since it fell over the first time. Plan our amazing family pictures. Spend the evening just being a family and ending in a group hug. Whisper secrety-secrets about Christmas goodies. Snuggle on the couch ’cause it’s so cold. Drink hot cocoa like it’s going out of style. Build gingerbread houses with the sole purpose of blowing them up. Bonfires, s’mores, and hot cider backyard at the church. Crave peppermint mochas everyday. And make snowflakes enough to cover every inch of window space, and beyond.

Since it’s that most wonderful time of the year and in NC we rarely get a good, substantial snow, we here at the Butt house make our own snow. I attempted to instruct a friend in making six-sided snowflakes over an internet chat, and failed miserably, so I thought I’d post an step-by-step how-to.

1. Fold a piece of paper in half, then in quarters.

2. Unfold the paper once and with the open end of the paper at the bottom, fold the left top corner down and to the right, making a point. It’s very important to make the point where you creased the paper when you folded it into quarters.  Like, whoa. No pressure, but it’s vitally important.

3. Fold the right top corner down and to the left.

4. Lining the edge up with the other side of the cone, flatten the folds. Now, unless you’re amazing at estimating, you’ll need to open up the right flap and make sure the left edge on the inside lines up with the crease made by the right folding over.

5. Turn your paper around until it looks like a fox’s head. Haha. Courtney, see what I meant? It looks like a fox. Or a triangle. Whatever. Then cut off the right ‘ear,’ following the line in the paper. You’ll want it to look like the right image when you complete this step. A one-eared fox.

6.Take the right ‘point’ and fold it towards the left side, making a very pointy point at the bottom. This step sounds ridiculous, but just look at the pictures and it’ll make more sense. I hope…

7.With one deft stroke, cut off the last extraneous bit of paper again following the edge paper. After this final cut, you should have a very nicely shaped cone. This is the ‘base of operations’ for the making of snowflakes. And don’t worry; a perfect cone will take some time and practice, but they aren’t that difficult.

8.At this point, feel free to experiment!

9. Do what feels right! Go crazy! Be creative!

Savvy’s flake before opening…

And what a lovely snowflake! It has mustaches cut into it. Total accident.

A few of my favorite flakes this year, to give you some inspiration. But remember: every snowflake is unique. So don’t worry if it looks “right.” If it came out in one piece, it’s right. :)

So proud of this one: it looks like a real flake! Yay, that’s what I was going for. Hehe.

One precaution: don’t completely cut off either edge. Cut as much out of it as you can, if you like, but leave at least a little piece on either side or your snowflake will look like…

This. A bunch of pieces, instead of one flake.

And that’s it! If this is unclear, let me know and I’ll try to make it more user-friendly.

In the meantime, I’d love to see what you come up with! Have a lovely Tuesday evening, everyone!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2009 9:06 pm

    WOAH! Its so much clearer now!! :) Thanks love! I heart you for doing this. :)

  2. December 8, 2009 9:07 pm

    P.S. Thanks for calling me out in your post. Now everyone knows I’m the loser who couldn’t figure it out. LOL ;)

  3. December 8, 2009 9:12 pm

    oooh! I can’t wait to try this.

  4. December 8, 2009 9:41 pm

    i love you! :D this post is the beeeeest!

  5. December 8, 2009 11:41 pm

    I love making those!

  6. juliefaithphotography permalink
    December 9, 2009 1:57 am

    WOW girl! Never knew snow flakes were so fun to make! I did it and posted it on my FB :)

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=120851&id=504573536&saved#/photo.php?pid=2890009&id=504573536

    You did a great job explaining it, and the pictures were perfect!

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