Handmade Holidays: Recycled Paper Snowflakes

I've been thinking lately that I'd like to start a little series on this blog called "Handmade Holidays". Jake and I both try to make gifts by hand as much as possible, and even if you're hard pressed for time, I think there are little things you can do to add a handmade touch to the festivities. Not to mention, you can cut out big box stores and give someone something truly unique. Today I made these little snowflake ornaments for the store Christmas tree out of an old Paper Source catalog. Being a stationery catalog they use particularly nice paper and I liked that all the colors and images were Christmas themed. Plus, I couldn't stand to just throw it in the recycling bin... it seemed better fit for a project. They're pretty basic so I thought I'd offer some instructions so you can make your own.

You will need:

- An old catalog (ones with holiday images might offer similar colors to the ones I made), magazine, newspaper, book pages from a damaged book, etc. (hit up your family, friends, neighbor if you don't have any)
- Scissors or an x-acto knife (I used an x-acto knife)
- Glue (I used Memory Mount because it is archival and doesn't bleed through... also, it's not very messy... you can usually find it at one of the big chain craft stores or an art store.)
- A straight edge ruler
- Thread

Step 1:
Cut out strips of paper of equal length and width. You will need four strips for each snowflake. (Mine were a quarter inch wide by 6 inches long... I just used the width of the magazine for the length of each strip so I wouldn't have to do as much measuring.)

Step 2: Fold strips back so that it overlaps on the back by about a quarter inch. Crease flat. Do this three more times using the first one as a template so each one is the same length and overlaps in the back. Put a little dab of glue to hold each together so that they form a flattened loop.

Step 3: Put glue in the middle of the top and bottom of one folded strips and insert it into another folded strip (holding it open wide so as not make a mess with the glue) so that they cross each other in the middle and press down so that the glue holds. Now insert another strip inside the two of these with another dab on the top and bottom of the strip so that it intersects one of the remaining directions. Do this with the last one too so that you have a a little star-like snowflake. It should puff out a little for a 3-D effect.

Step 4:
String it with thread or tape it to a present for a decoration.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Tip: It's definitely easier than my directions make it sound. Try it out if you like!


Sarah K said…
i love your idea for handmade holidays series. i'd love to take lessons! ..im less crafty than i am cook-y, but food is handmade, nonetheless!

those are beautiful, simple and yet sweet. i am definitely going to try it out! i am thinking of using a peace & justice catalog for mine, so they can stay up year-round. =)
Bonnie Wildwood said…
Good idea Sarah!

I will try to post more ideas soon, but my eye is bothering me for some reason, so I've mostly been avoiding the computer.

The peace and justice catalog ones are a good idea. I think I'll probably leave mine up in the store after the holidays. None of them are overtly Christmas even though I there are some "Christmas colors" mixed in.
HumbleUker said…
Hello LWP: I started of seeing your husband on Ukulule Hunt and then YouTube. I am an ukulele player and blog about ukulele things. I also have been studying Swedish off and on throughout my life. I have just been studying again. I noticed your God Jul cards and Tomten and Fox. Are you a fan of the Sven Nordqvist books, like Pancake Pie? Used to read it to the kids. My wife is also a crafter. You have a very nice blog going. Jeff in Berkeley, CA area.
Bonnie Wildwood said…
Hello HumbleUker!
Thanks for stopping by! I haven't heard of Sven Nordqvist, but I'll have to check out his books. I've only become interested in all things Swedish in the past few years, since meeting Jake whose family is Swedish, but I only know a few fun phrases. Jake is teaching me to play uke right now... I'm a slow learner, but it's a great instrument!

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