Today's Journal Prompt is a fun one. Remember as a little kid how you would fold and cut paper snowflakes to hang in the classroom in kindergarten and elementary school? Well, today, we are going to make paper snowflakes and put one in our journal! Proper folding the paper before cutting the snowflake is key! And it is easy. I must have folded thousands while volunteering in my daughter's schools. Once you fold the paper, you can cut out shapes from the fold. (I'll include some instructions after the prompt.)
Day 10 Advent Journal 12.10.11
Today's Prompt: Fold a paper snowflake and keep it in your Journal.
Now, divide your triangle into thirds. You don't have to draw lines on the paper but I did to demonstrate the places to fold.
(Here is the process of folding it in thirds.
You end up with "an arrow". Here is the time when you choose what size snowflake you want. You should cut off an end, so that you end up with a triangle, following one of the lines. Cutting closer to the tip of the arrow gives you a smaller snowflake.
|Here is a quick bunch of shapes I drew and highlighted in blue to show what I would cut away.|
Now comes the fun part. Draw shapes on the triangle that you will cut out. The only "rules" that you have to follow are simple:
-Shapes should attach to one side of the triangle and NOT go all the way across. If they go all the way across, they triangle is sliced in two and it's back to the drawing board.
-You can draw any shape, rounded or square, but know that it is easier to cut straight lines, like a square, diamond and rectangle.
-The triangle will be a bit difficult to cut (and even harder if you use heavy paper), so go at it slowly and patiently.
Once you are pleased with your drawing, being cutting.
Once all your shapes are cut, slowly and deliberately unfold the snowflake. As you unfold each step, crease the paper on the opposite side of the original crease.
And here it is! Each snowflake will look different and it is quite fun! You can press them with an iron set on low, if you want your snowflake to be flat. You can decorate with paint, glitter or doodles. Or just enjoy it! I think they are beautiful!