94. How to Make Paper Snowflakes

Plain piece of 8.5"x 11" regular printer paper, fold over like so

Plain piece of 8.5″x 11″ regular printer paper, fold over like so

Cut off the excess. Now you have a square.

Cut off the excess. Now you have a square.

Fold vertically and horizontally

Fold vertically and horizontally

Cut along the folds. Now you have four squares.

Cut along the folds. Now you have four squares.

Fold the squares in half diagonally.

Fold the squares in half diagonally.

Again.

Again.

And again.

And again.

One more time.

One more time.

Now cut. Very little shapes out of the skinny triangle.

Now cut. Very little shapes out of the skinny triangle.

Helps to use sharp pointy scissors.

Helps to use sharp pointy scissors.

Then unfold and…

Snowflakes!

Snowflakes!

Then make more!

Then make more!

As I have cornered the blogging market on pom-pom making, so too shall Spy Garden be the ultimate source for making snowflakes out of paper. I’ve already posted the steps on how to make a snowflake once before (click here to see that post), though this version creates four snowflakes out of one sheet of paper (instead of one larger one as in the first tutorial) so it’s not completely the same. I am a sucker for white. I just love white on white. We’ve been watching Frozen Planet on Animal Planet which has lots of white on white. I’ve just learned that woolly caterpillars, aside from being mavens of meteorology, COMPLETELY freeze in winter. Then defrost in spring and do that for FOURTEEN years and then they turn in to moths, mate and die. It was a very cool segment. Beautiful cinematography. Amid the polar bears and the leopard seals, orcas, etc. I found the woolly caterpillar segment to be the most interesting and creative. And the fact that Alec Baldwin is narrating makes it really ridiculous and funny.

The snowflake tutorial images du jour were done by just throwing the paper on the scanner at the completion of each fold/step of the process. I love using the scanner for stuff like this because I am still struggling with capturing that crystal clear type image that comes so easy in natural light. Not that the images on the scanner are crystal clear but you know what I mean, it was a utilitarian approach.

I will keep (half-heartedly) trying and special thanks to Eliza for giving me some easy tips to try in my goal to learn how to take photos indoors. I think the best bet for indoor photography is to try on a very sunny day (i.e. take advantage of the natural light). We have an awesome winter in Missouri. One day it is 15 degrees, snows 10” then three days later it is 60 degrees. We have great southern exposure in our house so it’s getting brighter indoors by the day. It’s not like a deep, dark winter is coming and I won’t be able to tote a camera around outside! Indoor Photography Goal: Partially met, I’ve made peace with the fact that photography is all about the lighting and outdoor lighting is simply superior.

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Exhibit B: And look! its even a grey, cloudy day.

Exhibit B: And look! its even a grey, cloudy day.

Here are some indoor experiments with ISO and flash and no flash…

This is the only LED thing we have. Not the biggest fan and prefer the "regular" warm white lights. But this star changes colors and is sort of fun.

This is the only LED thing we have. Not the biggest fan and prefer the “regular” warm white lights. But this star changes colors and is sort of fun.

Another view.

Another view.

A paper star (we made a few years ago). It is painted with gold paint.

A paper star (we made a few years ago). It is painted with gold paint.

Snowflakes

Snowflakes

This is a failed execution (blurry/bad lighting), but a good concept (views of art through the paper snowflakes):

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Me taking a(nother) terrible shot indoors:

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We collected the pine cones on our road and they are so fragrant and the pine sap is so sticky and aromatic. Very nice just the way they are. I’m not going to glitter them or bedazzle them. The snowflakes may possibly be the only Christmas craft of Spy Garden (but there will be A LOT of them). When I have a sunny day of southern winter light streaming into the house and I happen to be available to take pictures (until these conditions are met, I promise: no more shoddy “practice” shots on Spy Garden from this day forth!), you will see how lovely they all look hanging from the ceiling (with just white thread and a little piece of scotch tape). World’s easiest (and cheapest!) decoration with a big impact. I figure other “home and garden” type blogs (and Pinterest) is positively littered right now with glittered crafts and since Spy Garden marches to the beat of…the little drummer boy;)…this may be the lone Christmas craft of The House of Smoochie. Not that I have anything against glitter, but plain white paper is where it’s at. And with that,

We have the Spy’s Christmas lists to present (on white paper):

list (393x500)I like the “here is some cookies and milk, enjoy” So I guess his plan is to leave Santa this list on Christmas Eve. I mean, he is Santa, I guess he doesn’t need much of a heads up for these types of presents and probably has a couple 1971 Dodge Chargers in his bag, right?

There’s a Part II:

Cardinals List

Cardinals List

Sort of has an, “All work no play makes Jack a dull boy.” thing going on, eh? HAhaha

Let’s compare to a list he wrote eight months ago (I posted it back in April and its also typed up below for easier reading):

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Dear Santa: I want a four wheeler in 8 months. I also want a rifle. I also want a cowboy hat. I also want cowboy boots. I also want a horse. I also want a cowboy town. I also want a machine gun. I also want a Tommy gun. I also want a mini gun. I also want a hand grenade. I also want a cowboy vest. I also want an M16. I also want a tank. I also want a puppy. I also want a mini car that goes 1,000,000 miles per hour. I also want an electric helicopter. I also want an electric monster truck. I also want a real plane. I also want an electric motorcycle. I also want an electric space ship. I also want an ipad. I also want a million dollars. I also want a ham sandwich. I also want a Wii. I also want an xbox. I also want a cow.

HAHAHhahahahah

7 thoughts on “94. How to Make Paper Snowflakes

  1. Pingback: Early December in Spy Garden | Spy Garden

  2. narf77

    Glad you resisted the glitter glue (ech)…it always amazes me that you can cut that much out of a bit of paper and it still stays intact. I guess it is always wise to give Santa a few choices in case he has run out by the time he gets to your house. I hear Santa starts his deliveries in New Zealand and progresses from there. Gotta say the cow bit threw me…he seems to have a fascination for all things “electric” and the ham sandwich shows that he is practical if not anything else. Good luck “The Spy” I hope that Santa isn’t twitching just looking at those lists…3 of them…makes my kids lists look positively benign in comparison! ;)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      The Spy has a very good sense of humor so a lot of the list content is more his first attempts at satire than anything else HAHAhaha. I don’t think he is actually expecting a cow. Or a 1971 Dodge Charger. HAhhaha but I’m sure Santa will come through on the Walking Dead action figures, Cardinals gear and a few other things that will suit him!

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      1. narf77

        One day, when he attains sufficient age and gainful employment…that cow will be right up there with the first things that he buys…you had better hope that he is living away from home by then ;)

  3. Eliza Waters

    Thanks for the pingback. I forgot to mention in my camera hints that if you use the little flower icon on the dial for photos closer than 3′, it helps get clearer images. If you use the little mountain icon it tells the camera to focus on multiple points (those little dots you see through the lens) as opposed to just the center. That one is good for garden shots (or kids AND the Xmas tree) where you want near and far aspects to have a clearer focus. You may know this already but I figure I’d offer it up.
    Your snowflakes are the BEST! I must practice some with the kids next door, they are always game for fun projects. I’ll let you know how we do!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Thank you (again!) for more easy basic tips. lol I had NO idea what those icons meant hahahah and now I do!! Yay! I think I’ve tried googling it before but usually met with paragraphs and paragraphs of photography explanations. And still haven’t looked at that instructional DVD. Your simple basic tips were EXACTLY what I needed ;)

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      1. Eliza Waters

        oh, I am so glad! Many years ago I took a beginners nature photography class at our local Audubon sanctuary and it was invaluable! Perhaps they have something in your area you could take. Sometimes they have one-day workshops but I really liked the extended 6-8 wks, where you learn accumulatively over the course. Plus it was fun!

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