This craft is a simple little upgrade on an old-time classic, the paper snowflake. I love making these every year - because of the satisfyingly cathartic, zoned-out process of snipping little bits of paper, Edward Scissorhands-style, and because of the whimsical result. This year I was given the tip that coffee filters make a great starting point - and it's true. Because of the round shape and perfect size, it removes a few steps out of each snowflake process. And the tissuey texture makes the snowflakes extra fluttery, which is a nice touch. So grab some cheap paper coffee filters at the grocery store and snip away!
Start by folding a filter in half once, twice, and then a third time, to make a triangle. Then cut shapes along the edges. Basically any combo of shapes will work - but in case you need some pointers to get you started, there are 5 shape ideas below, which resulted in the snowflakes shown here. Just be sure to leave some parts of each folded edge in tact, so the snowflake doesn't fall apart. You'll notice I cut each one a little at the point and along the top edge, which gives it a quintessential snowflake shape.
Shape #3, requires one extra fold, to get that little circle shown here. You can do that, of course, for any of the shapes - after you cut along the edges, fold your triangle in half one more time just to make one more cut, creating a more intricate shape.
Get a printable version of the design ideas here. You can see the unfolded results of each design below, right.
Tape your snowflakes to a window, dangle them from a stick for a snowy mobile, strewn them down the center of a dinner table - the possibilities are endless. Just keep your dustpan handy for the snow-like snippets you leave behind...
(all photographs, jamie grill photography)