Paper Snowflakes Cures My Boring Times

Paper Snowflake Cutting

I have a lot of time between classes at my school. So when I have nothing to do or am bored I cut paper snowflakes. I use copy paper and small sharp scissors. I fold to get an eight-point star, snowflake shape. I draw in pencil the design on the outside of the folded triangle. Then I cut slowly and carefully. The trick is to get the folds really creased and flat and to know when to stop the scissors. I have made snowflakes for years. To preserve them I  unfold carefully and finger press them. Then I use a hot, dry iron and iron them between 2 pieces of copy paper. I use a piece of colored paper for the background and then slip them into clear plastic sleeves and place into a giant notebook. I love trying something different and I love doing names. The hardest things are curved lines and cutting holes through eigh pieces of paper. These are the snowflakes I made in March.

About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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5 Responses to Paper Snowflakes Cures My Boring Times

  1. Kathy Garringer says:

    You never fail to amaze me, Jim. We had secret Santas at Christmas at my school and my secret Santa spent a Saturday with another teacher watching movies and making snowflakes. They sneaked into my room and the room next to me and hung the snowflakes one afternoon after school. It was the most amazing surprise. I haven’t had the heart to take them down yet. I absolutely love them!!!

  2. Being the owner of several of your snowflakes…I am not surprised by your talent when it comes to making snowflakes. Or anything else for that matter. Just so you know.
    See you Friday at AWOL!!!! pat

  3. Shannon Young says:

    I love the snowflakes, Jim! I can’t even make the regular old snowflakes that kids make in grade school, so you can imagine how fascinating your artsy snowflakes are to my eyes. LOVE IT. Wonder if you could do a spider web the same way and throw in some Halloweenish stuff, too. Maybe with orange copy paper….. hhmmmmm. (Sounds like the perfect gift for someone with a Halloween birthday. Wonder who that might be? *HINT*)

    Shannon Young
    Undersecretary of AQG Travel Affairs

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