The thought of making paper snowflakes may remind you of childhood memories of cutting out wonky, misshapen snowflakes only a mother could love. While the concept remains the same, this time around, the look is much more sophisticated— and your improved motor skills will come in handy. Armed with a quick tutorial, some project inspiration and a pair of scissors, you're ready to snip your way to a winter wonderland.
Start With The Basics: Six-Pointed Snowflake Tutorial
In her snowflake cutting how-to, Ashley reveals the secret to making an elaborate six-pointed snowflake: It's all in the fold. Start with a square piece of paper, follow her step-by-step folding instructions, then let your scissors do the rest. Once you've got the basics down, let the flurry of projects that follow inspire you.
Then Get Creative: Nine Project Ideas
The only thing better than paper snowflakes? Giant paper snowflakes. The trick to these oversized crystals from Oh Happy Day is to use a roll of butcher paper, rather than letter-size sheets.
By cutting through multiple layers of paper at once, One Dog Woof crafted these 3D medallion snowflakes. Hang these elegant ornaments in a window or doorway.
Snipping your own original designs may be the funnest part of cutting paper snowflakes, but if you want to guarantee a flawless shape, follow Martha Stewart's templates.
By collaging together a hodgepodge of uniquely-shaped snowflakes, Design Sponge assembled a pretty paper window curtain.
Top off all your holiday presents with these ruffled paper flurries from Giochi di Carta.
If you own a Cricut machine, follow Amy from This Heart of Mine's lead and quickly punch out dozens of snowflakes. Whether hand-cut or machine-punched, you can use a sewing machine to stitch all the shapes into a long garland of ever-falling snow.
Decorate your holiday party with falling flurries attached to balloon strings. Oh Happy Day speeds up the process by cutting out the crystals using a paper punch.
To make large-scale snowflakes without buying large sheets of paper, crafter Jodi Levine recycled old newspapers. Read the how-to on Handmade Charlotte to learn how to color the paper and make it sturdier.
Paper snowflakes sometimes get a bad rap for being unsophisticated, so if you need some proof of how elegant they can be, check out the White House's 2015 holiday decorations, above, via Vogue. Michelle Obama asked event planner Bryan Rafanelli to oversee the decorating, including this installation of tons of whimsical white snowflakes.