My daughter says that this is her favorite snowflake so far! 🙂
This one has a lot of cutting practice! If you wish, you can prune a few branches from the tree. Paper type will make a big difference in the ease of making the cuts: newspaper weight works great!
The video shows “the hard way,” cutting out all the branches precisely to keep the leftovers for an outer 2-in-1. For beginners, it will be helpful to staple the paper together and not worry about an outer 2in1 — do what works for you!
The Owl Snowflake Pattern is a 12″ pattern. You will need a 12″ (or larger) square of paper, scissors, paper punch, and something to hold the pattern on top of the paper: paper clips or staples. You will also need patience! Take your time and remember to pause at the points to turn the paper while you are cutting.
Day of the Dead Snowflake Combination: Floral & Skull Patterns
I wanted to make something for Halloween, but I didn’t want it to be too creepy. I also wanted to make a floral snowflake as we say farewell to the flowers as the seasons are changing. My son suggested that I make a snowflake for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) — it seemed like the perfect way to combine ideas!
Day of the Dead is a celebration of the lives of those who have passed on and a way to keep their memories alive! So much of who we are is a result of the collective experiences of our ancestors — the dreams that they had, the hopes that they clung to, and the adversity that they faced.
What will you find when you research your family tree? My friend, Michael Jensen, kindly shared his personal experience with me:
“When I was very young, my family had to move away from the state where all of our relatives lived. During my formative years, we visited sporadically those relatives, including my grandfather. My Grandpa was 70 years old when I was born. All my memories of him were as an old man, retired, tired and fragile. He couldn’t hear well and spoke very loud because of it. He was more of a stranger to me than a grandpa.
“Years after he passed away, I felt an urge to get to know my ancestors better. I started with trying to get to know my grandfather better. He was an educator, a historian, a thespian and a strong participant in his religion. Looking at my own life, I was also an educator, an historian, a strong participant in the same religion, and found many other wonderful connections between us. One day, while looking through some documents of his, I found a death certificate for his second child, Shirley, who died hours after birth. He was just 27. My wife and I lost our first child at birth as well when I was 27 and I felt an incredible connection between me and my Grandfather at this moment. In discovering more about him and his life, he has become more alive to me, I have grown a love for him that I didn’t get a chance to forge while he was alive. Learning more about him has led me to remember him not with just memories of the times we shared together, but with new memories of shared experiences across time. I know a bit more who I am because I understand a bit more of who he was. I feel more whole because of it.”
I hope that as you learn more about your relatives you will make connections to them and find strength and understanding that you did not have before.
Supplies needed for making snowflakes:
Patterns (see below)
12″ & 8.5″ squares of paper (newspaper weight works very well – I used wrapping paper from Dollar Tree)
Paper clips or staples
The curly-Qs in the Floral Snowflake are challenging. Take your time and modify them if you need to, see examples in the video below. Because they are more challenging, cut them out first: save the other areas of the snowflake until last, they will provide stability while you are cutting out the curly-Q’s.
If you like curly-Q’s, you can look forward to more in the 3rd Book of the Christmas Snowflakes Series, which focuses on the journey of the Wisemen.
The most common question I receive is, “Why do you make the folding so hard?” often followed by, “Why can’t I just fold the paper in half, half, half, and then half again?”
In the world of Paper Snowflakes there is sometimes heated discussions over how many points a snowflake should have. As an artist, you can choose how to represent your subject.
I choose to mimic the designs I see in nature: snowflakes with 6 arms/branches. Thus the folding methods and snowflake patterns that I share are for 6 pointed snowflakes.
With practice the folding becomes easier. If you prefer a different method, you can adjust the patterns to work with the folding style of your choosing; the Reindeer Snowflake works perfectly for illustrating the difference between snowflakes with six points and those with eight points.
If you want to turn this into a math lesson, you can talk about how many layers of paper the different folding styles create and what degree angle is created in the center of the paper.
It also makes a great science lesson as you delve into the structure of snowflakes and how and why they form. An amazing resource for the science behind snowflakes is Kenneth G. Libbrecht, Physics Professor at the California Institute of Technology, see http://snowcrystals.com/
I was inspired to try taking pictures of snowflakes and hope for more opportunities to learn. The snowflake pictures below were taken Winter 2020-2021 in Iowa. It’s harder than the experts make it look! The challenge makes it addicting!
There are many amazing snowflake photographers out there! If you are interested in seeing real snowflakes here are some links I hope you will enjoy!
Below you will find the Box Folding Template and Pattern for the Reindeer Snowflake and an additional video created for Facebook last December.
The Reindeer pattern is provided separately from the Box Folding Template in case you want to use the full paper of the Box Folding Template and utilize the outer leftovers for an additional snowflake.
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Unfortunately, bats are susceptible to a fungal disease known as White Nose Syndrome that humans sometimes accidentally spread from cave to cave. Please be aware of the need to clean your equipment when spelunking or enjoying other outdoor activities.
I had fun creating this snowflake! I hope you enjoy this glimpse of the creative process, https://youtu.be/yEJRaMIN_qM Admittedly not my best video work, but a second take would not be authentic. It will walk you through the folding and cutting process using the sketch below.
The newspaper snowflake (from the pattern, see below) was completed with only the large orange handled scissors shown in the video. I did the order a bit differently since I decided to keep the hair. 🙂 I started with the nose, then the eye, hair, snout, and between the two folds on the wing. Then I finished cutting out the outer edge, added some freehand details to the center for a 2in1, and cut out the center.
*Note: You will be cutting and punching through twelve layers of paper. Newspaper works great! 20 lb copy paper is the heaviest paper I like to work with. Wrapping Paper and paper made for Origami often work well. To test paper for ease of use, fold a piece of paper into twelve layers and try cutting/punching through it.
Don’t forget to experiment with leftovers! The center of this snowflake has lots of potential!