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!
Aluminum Foil (Heavy Duty works best but you can use what you have on hand)
Thin paper or newspaper
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.
- 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!
Tonia L says
These are awesome Trish! What a great idea to use a piece of paper along with the foil!
Christina A says
Wow so intricately done! 🙂
those are beautiful!
What a great idea. I love it.
Your snowflakes are awesome. I love the idea of using foil. Thanks for all the tips.
These are beautiful. What a great and simple idea!
Valerie@Occasionally Crafty says
What a cute idea! I never would have thought to use foil. Thanks for the tutorial!
Diana - FreeStyleMama says
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.
Pam - diy Design Fanatic says
Looks like a lot of fun!
Six Sisters says
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
Sass - aka - Kathy says
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!
Jessica @ O. Alouette says
Very cute! Such a good idea to make them out of foil!
Veronica and Daniel says
So smart! I will have to make these to put up since we dont have any real snow yet 😉
I wish i would have found this before Christmas but theres always next yr…Love it!
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