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Owl Snowflake


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!


YouTube:  https://youtu.be/AjyRWTasZ04


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.

The Owl Snowflake Pattern is available as a pdf at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-hi9diRE35t27VjbIgvNSrZlilokXgvY/view?usp=sharing


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Don’t forget to experiment with leftovers!  The snowflake above is an outer 2-in-1.



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Day of the Dead Snowflake Combination

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.

FamilySearch is a wonderful resource, preserving and making billions of records available for free to the public. They recently hit a very important milestone: all of their records have now been digitized! See https://www.deseret.com/faith/2021/9/21/22680623/church-familysearch-celebrate-incredible-milestone-of-digitizing-2-4-million-rolls-of-microfilm for more details.

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 Floral Patterns used in the video above can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qgKNJNnYBJ_xwOMVe6meUMU1Lqs9OeDH/view?usp=sharing or by clicking on the pattern images below.


If you are only interested in the Skulls Snowflake or want a walk through of how to use the Box Folding Template, here is a separate video for you:



The Skull Snowflake Pattern on the Box Folding Template can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OISv0gkv24370lt08E-wI6P56TtpR3Ax/view?usp=sharing or click on the image below.

Don’t forget to experiment with leftover pieces! . . . and don’t be paralyzed by perfection, enjoy the process!

Freehand 2in1 with Floral Snowflake


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International Bat Night: Snowflake with 2in1 Potential

Supplies Needed:

Pattern (included below)
12″ square of paper*
Paper Punch

Paper Clips


As we head back to school, we start to pay more attention to the calendar. Did you know that this Friday, August 27th, is International Bat Night?

Not only do bats help control mosquitoes, but bats also help pollinate some of our favorite fruits like bananas and mangoes, see https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/animals/bats.shtml

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.

For more folding practice, please watch https://youtu.be/H9W1Hk63gZA

A pdf version of the original sketch for the 12” International Bat Night Snowflake (above) is at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T6WN5sG3PwAaJR85VZxXxMgoXetmMyLG/view?usp=sharing

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.

For the 12” International Bat Night Pattern see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bckx2NwCCfkyOi56KkNIhl3mzp1zPklY/view?usp=sharing

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*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!