Friday, December 09, 2011

Advent Journal Day 10 - December 10, 2011

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.

 For the snowflake, you can start with a standard piece of 8 1/2 x 11" paper.  (You could also use a square piece of paper as well.) I placed a pen on the bottom of the sheet of paper to demonstrate orientation.
 Take the top left corner and bring it nearly to the bottom of the sheet, so that when you crease the fold, the edges line up.
 Now, take the top left hand corner (which is now a point) and bring that point across the paper and crease, so that you have a pointy top to the paper, as shown.
 You will now cut off all the paper that is not folded.  You are left with a folded triangle and a scrap of paper with the pen on it.  Remove the scrap of paper, as you will not need this.
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, I cut off the ends of the arrow, resulting in a triangle.  You can cut straight, jagged or on an arc.  You do not have to be exact.
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!


DaCraftyLady said...

thanks for the lesson I love making paper snowflakes... :) blog hopping today

Sally Lee by the Sea Nautical Cottage said...

Thanks so much for sharing your Christmas craft at our linky party - we LOVE it!! This is a truly great tutorial and I think I might even be able to make some snowflakes :O)

Coastal Christmas Hugs,