Wednesday, August 20, 2008

DIY: snowflake ornaments

Follow these easy steps to make whimsical ornaments perfect for decorating or gifting.

What You'll Need for the Large Snowflake Pictured:
  • 3 sheets of 8½" by 11" heavyweight paper —we used double-sided metallic cover paper from Archiver's
  • 1 sheet for the larger loops (shown here in red)
  • 2 sheets for the smaller loops (shown here in gold)
  • X-acto knife
  • Ruler
  • ½" double-sided tape
  • 18" piece of ribbon
Step 1: Cut Strips
Cut your paper into 1"-wide strips. You will need seven 8"-long strips for the larger loops, twelve 6"-long strips for the smaller loops.

Step 2: Make Loops
Using your double-sided tape, make all of your strips into loops. Double-sided tape should be strong enough for most papers but, if needed, you can use regular clear tape on the outside of your seams to make your loops extra secure.

Step 3: Assemble the Spokes

To make the spokes of your snowflake, use double-sided tape to attach two small loops to a large loop—one attached to the inside, one to the outside. You should have one large loop remaining. This is the center of your snowflake.

Step 4: Attach the Spokes

Arrange your spokes around the center loop and attach them with double-sided tape.

Step 5: Attach Loops
Use double-sided tape to attach the sides of your spokes together.

Step 6: Attach Ribbon
Tie on your ribbon and hang!

Note: Experiment with different configurations and papers. The center snowflake pictured was made by pinching the loops into a petal shape. The snowflake on the far right was made with white and silver papers.

For full pictorial instructions, see dominos