Foil Snowflakes {Tutorial}

Today I want to share with you how to make foil snowflakes.  A couple days ago I was trying to come up with a fun winter craft for the kids.  Paper snowflakes are something we always enjoy making but I wanted to try something different.   It occurred to me that foil snowflakes would be gorgeous – all shiny and silver!  You can see from the picture above that we put some of our snowflakes on the wall.  There are a couple other projects in the works using these pretty snowflakes as well…

My first few attempts where I folded the foil just as I would a paper snowflake were disastrous.  I couldn’t separate the layers of foil without it tearing!  I tried heavy duty aluminum foil and was marginally more successful.  Then I realized that I just needed to separate the foil with paper while folding so that the foil wouldn’t stick together – that was the trick!

Materials Needed:
Aluminum Foil (Heavy Duty works best but you can use what you have on hand)
Scissors
Thin paper or newspaper

Instructions:

Tear off a piece of foil and slip it in between two sheets of paper.  I am using standard printer paper to show how to do this but really thin paper such as cheap newspaper works best.  The thicker the paper the harder it is to make precision cuts on your snowflake.

Line up one corner and then cut out a square.  Any size will work and it’s a lot of fun to make a variety of sizes.

Fold  the square in half to form a triangle.  I have labeled the points of the triangle to make the explanation easier to follow. (This is how I make snowflakes – if you prefer a different method – go for it!)

Fold the triangle in half, bring points A and C together, creating point D.

Fold point B and the right third of the triangle over.

Fold point A+C and the left third over as far as it will go.

Cut off the two little triangles that formed with the folds from the two previous steps.

The final triangle is formed.  Point D is the center of your snowflake so cutting here will make a hole in the center.

So those are the basic instructions.  Here are some cuts that I made to make my snowflakes.  The cuts on the left result in the snowflake on the right.  Cutting a triangle out of point D makes a star shape in the center of the snowflake.

The more intricate your cuts are – the more intricate your snowflake.  This is a very fun craft for the kiddos and it’s amazing to watch them make the connection between their cuts and the resulting snowflake.  Here are some snowflakes that I made using aluminum foil.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Be gently with  your snowflakes – they tear easily.
  • Use Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil if you have it.  If you don’t, you can double up or standard foil.
  • Use very sharp, precision type scissors for making those intricate cuts.
  • To get the snowflakes to lay perfect flat, just press them between pages in a book.
  • If you are planning on putting them on your wall like I did, take care in choosing where you want them.  Once glued or taped – they will tear easily if you try to remove them.
  • Have fun and get creative!

Comments

  1. These look fantastic Trish. I’m pinning these for Christmas.

    Anne xx

  2. @Anne @ Domesblissity Oh wonderful! Thanks Anne :) Have a great weekend!

  3. Cute idea!

  4. These look great, thanks for the tips.

  5. Now why did I never think of that! Brilliant!

  6. This is an awesome idea thanks for sharing. So nice to meet you just found your beautiful blog and so happy I did. I have enjoyed looking around and I’m now following you, so nice to meet new friends. Hope you find a spare minute to visit and follow me sometime if you like. Sending you special wishes for a wonderful New Year I’m looking forward to keeping in touch in 2012.
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  7. Thanks for the additional tip as I, too, have tried to make foil snowflakes without success. How brilliant!

  8. These are so adorable. They look super pretty and dainty! Thank you for sharing such a great idea!
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  9. I love these

    so neeato

    – KAT –

  10. Clever! These look so neat and I love the silver color for winter.

  11. @Shannon MadiganMade Thanks Shannon! I agree – perfect for the winter :)

  12. Fantastic time – thanks so much!

  13. What a great idea :) Thanks for sharing!!

  14. OK, seriously, will you please tell me what you are taking to be so creative and so busy with projects. I swear I could not keep up with you! I never knew tin foil could be so beautiful. Thanks for sharing all of your creativeness over at Sunday’s Best! Always so inspiring!

  15. What a great idea to use foil! This would be great with other colored foils as well… hmmm you have got my mind racing now. :)

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  16. LOVE this!! Hope you can link it up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/01/turquoise-lovin-20.html#comment-form

  17. I wish i would have found this before Christmas but theres always next yr…Love it!

  18. So smart! I will have to make these to put up since we dont have any real snow yet ;)

  19. Very cute! Such a good idea to make them out of foil!

  20. What a great project! Won’t you consider sharing it with my readers at sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/01/architectural-salvage-jewelry.html. Thanks! Happy New Year!

  21. Cute Cute Cute!! Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We would love to have you come back next Saturday with more great ideas. -The Sisters

  22. Looks like a lot of fun!

  23. I’m going to have to do this with my daughter! She will love it! I found this at Show Off Your Stuff, although I already a follower. I have a new meme called Thematic Thursday and this week’s theme is Winter/Snow. I’d love to see this post (and your pinecone vase) linked up. Find Thematic Thursday here.

  24. What a cute idea! I never would have thought to use foil. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Valerie- http://www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com

  25. These are beautiful. What a great and simple idea!

  26. Your snowflakes are awesome. I love the idea of using foil. Thanks for all the tips.
    Ruth

  27. What a great idea. I love it.

  28. those are beautiful!

  29. Wow so intricately done! :)

  30. These are awesome Trish! What a great idea to use a piece of paper along with the foil!

  31. So clever, I’ve been saving my foil for a reason I suppose!

  32. Such a cool idea! I bet these look awesome when they are hung with the light reflecting off them! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I’ll be featuring them on my Facebook page today. Enjoy your Sunday!
    Jenn :)

  33. So sparkly and fun!Please oh please, come link up at my party going on now till Monday?
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  34. Those are cute! Love the silvery shimmer the foil creates.

  35. You did it again!I featured you today! Come take a look and grab a button!
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  36. Cute idea!

  37. what a very very cute idea!!!!! Thank you SO much for sharing!
    Jaime

  38. Pretty! I would never have thought to use foil! thanks for sharing! :)

  39. What a creative idea! I never would have thought to use tin foil! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

  40. Love them and am going to feature it this week on The Sunday Showcase- yay!

  41. What a clever idea and I love how bling-y they are! So fun!! Stopping by from TT&J

    Amanda
    everycreativeendeavor.com

  42. The foil is genius!! So shiny and pretty! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy! :)

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