Recently Cool Mom Picks shared a tutorial for making paper snowflakes out of junk mail. This is right up my alley. Since I'm trying to go through my Marthas a few at a time, this seemed like a perfect way to find beautiful, colorful photos as well as recycle a magazine or two. The Michele Made Me tutorial is where I started. After I looked at her steps and tried a few, I decided I needed more ideas for paper cuts. Here's the Martha Stewart tutorial, but you can also just Google "paper snowflake blog" under images and get a whole bunch of ideas. I'm going to make more, but here's what I did so far.
|January 2011, oh, how I'll miss thee. (I only save a few recipes and one craft idea.)|
|Some beautiful pages from Martha.|
|More lovely pages.|
|To start you need a square of paper. I cheat by folding a right triangle and trimming the excess.|
|Isn't that funny how that quote is on there? Kind of wish I'd seen this *before* we threw away the old bread we had lying around. It was from Zingerman's and therefore a sad loss.|
|Then you fold it a bunch of times. The tutorials I linked above show two different methods for this.|
|Then you make some cuts.|
|As you can see if you look closely, I did not fold mine perfectly. Overall I think it still looks good. Please do not tell Martha I did not heed her warnings about creasing only when the folds were even.|
|The other side|
To remember where this idea came from I pinned it onto my Handmade Christmas Goodness board on Pinterest, but paper snow flakes are a great winter craft for after Christmas. Have you made paper snow flakes since you were in third grade? Try it! You'll have fun.