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Cut-out Snowflakes

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This is a classic Christmas craft activity. Younger children can use plastic scissors and make basic shapes, while older children will love these large, intricate snowflakes that they can plan out in advance.



Cutout snowflake, red table, white paper


Time: 5 minutes (per snowflake)
Age: Any age
Level: Easy (although you can make it as hard and intricate as you or your older child can manage)

Materials
Sheet of white square paper
Pencil
Scissors

Method
If you don’t have square paper (e.g. like me you only have some white A4) then fold one side down from the top corner top the bottom edge and then cut of the extra section (you can use that for some paper chain cutting later!)
If you are using square paper, then you’ll just need to fold the paper in half diagonally.



Sheet square paper, red table, white paper, cut-out snowflake


Once this is done, fold each corner up, at about a 60 degree angle. Another way to think about it is to fold the corner up so it crosses ¾ of the way up the opposite edge. You could quite easily measure that with a ruler, but I just estimated.



Sheet square paper, red table, white paper, cut-out snowflake


Do the same with the other corner, so you have a symmetrical triangle with two point tails sticking out the top.



Sheet square paper, red table, white paper, cut-out snowflake


Sketch your snowflake design. I’ve shown two here – they are both classic 6-sided snowflakes but with a very different look each. I just free-handed them, but you use a ruler and measure the lines for a completely symmetrical snowflake.



White paper, triangle, red table



Cutout snowflake, red table, white paper


Carefully cut around the edges of your pencil lines using a pair of scissors.



White paper, triangle, red table



White paper, triangle, red table


Unfold your snowflake.



Cutout snowflake, red table, white paper


Stick a few up on a wall or window, or use a hole punch and thread with silver string and then hang on a Christmas tree.



Cutout snowflake, red table, white paper


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#Christmas
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#Any Age
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