We don’t get much snow in Florida. Most of the state measures zero inches of maximum monthly snowfall. Many Florida kids make paper cut out snowflakes to resemble the snowfall they only see on vacation up north. Most of us have made paper cut out snowflakes at one point or another. In fact, making cut out snowflakes are so common there is even a holiday to commemorate it, and that day is today, December 27th.
Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day gives us a day to show off our crafting skills. Kids and adults find cut out snowflakes to be a great project and a lot of fun. Celebrate this day with some paper and a pair of scissors to make cut out snowflakes. Be creative with your designs and the snowflakes’ sizes. You might even use leftover wrapping paper to give your cut out snowflakes a unique look. After all, no two snowflakes are alike.
Dictionary.com defines a snowflake as “a flake of snow, especially a feathery ice crystal, typically displaying delicate sixfold symmetry.” A snowflake typically forms around a dust particle. The dust attracts super cold water droplets which freeze in a crystal form. The snowflake’s shape emerges as it travels through different temperature and humidity zones in the atmosphere.
Snowflakes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on the temperature and humidity at which it forms. The four main shapes for snowflakes are needle, column, plate, and rime, each corresponding to a specific temperature range. Besides these four basic shapes, snowflakes can be given one of eight broad classifications and at least 80 individual variants. All of this has led to the common belief that no two snowflakes are alike, a belief backed up by extensive photographic evidence going back to 1885.
Cut Out Snowflake Tutorial
1. To make a cut out snowflake, start with a square piece of paper.
2. Fold the paper in half diagonally.
3. Fold in half diagonally again.
4. Fold in thirds. Your cut out snowflake will look like the one below.
5. Cut the top off your cut out snowflake. This creates the 6 points. A sharper angle will give you pointy…points.
6. Make the rest of your cuts to create your snowflake.
Cut Out Snowflake Patterns
Use the following resources for patterns to make cut out snowflakes. There are hundreds of possibilities, all beautiful, but these are my favorites.
I love these. They’re like origami and typical cut out snowflake had a baby.