As a person who always seems to get scammed out of a good birthday (November 20th) with one of those combined birthday/Christmas gifts, I know how poor Thanksgiving feels to be overlooked every year. But this year, I have to say "Sorry Sucka!!!!" to Thanksgiving (well, the decorating part at least) to make way for some fun, wintry Christmas decor. That's right kiddos, I'm startin' early. And what's the best kind of seasonal decor? The FREE kind.
Last year I showed you how to make 6 point and (those non-anatomically correct) 8 point snowflakes, and I'm back again with a more detailed tutorial. Because, 1) I've misplaced most of my flakes from last year and have to stock up again, 2) I've been getting a TON of google search hits for paper flakes, and 3) cuz it's cheap as all get out and don't we all like that? Yes, I thought you would agree. See, that's why we're friends. Cheap people unite!Here's how ya do it...
Take a plain ol piece of printer paper (8.5x11")
...and fold it in half.
On the folded side, find your center mark...
...by folding it in half again and pinching the bottom corner.
Just pinch the corner, like this (see on the lower right?)...
I drew a little line so you can see where the center mark is...
Now fold the bottom corner up from that center point so that your bottom right corner is now pointing up near the top left corner
Press down to create a fold.
Then do the same with your lower left corner.
Fold that up to meet the top right edge.
Then fold that in half.
It will look like this...
Now you'll want to trim the excess.
See that short piece in there? You want to cut off everything that's past that edge.
So you're left with the triangle piece (on the left in the pic below).
You can toss the extra bit that's on the right
Now draw your design. Try not to cut to far into the smallest angle (over there on the left in the picture below) because that will be the center of your flake. If you cut to far in, it will tend to fold in on itself. Keeping the center in tack will give you a strong flake. That's an oxymoron... but it's true.
I penciled in the areas that will be cut away.
Then cut, cut cut.