One thing about living in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t get a lot of snow precipitation during the year unless you go up to the mountains (we get cold, and we get rain – just rarely together at the same time). Usually when it does snow, everything shuts down and we get to stare outside at all the pretty pretty flakes. One of my favorite things about being a parent is having family traditions. I love looking back on my childhood and remembering the special things my parents did to make the holidays special, and most of them involved a lot of time with my parents and very little money. One of my favorite traditions now with my boys is making snowflakes to help decorate our home. We have made ours out of paper, and for the younger kiddo, we do popsicle snowflakes as well. It’s really fun, it’s a way to bond with my boys, and I hope when they’re adults, they’ll be making paper snowflakes with their own families as well.
These are really simple to make, but the 3D effect makes them stunning. Here’s a link to a step by step tutorial. I made mine with six instead of eight pieces.
Here’s a good step by step tutorial on how to fold a six sided snowflake. This is what you end up with after the folding.
I made designs for my six year old, and just had him cut out the dark parts of the snowflake
Little kid scissors weren’t heavy enough to cut through the layers of paper, so we opted for adult scissors
And here’s our snowflake gallery! We put them on our slider door so we could admire them and pretend it was snowing outside.
Why yes, that is a Darth Vader snowflake
We glued big and little popsicle sticks together for the painting snowflake craft
Who says snowflakes need to be white?
No craft at my house is complete without glitter.
Waiting to dry! We ended up putting these snowflakes on the penguin footprint picture we made (yes those are my feet in the picture)