Homemade ornaments give a Christmas tree a very personal touch. While most people are content to cut out a snowflake pattern onto folded paper, weaving a snowflake from strips of paper creates a much more delicate object. Just as with cutout versions, you can be as creative as you want with the weaving and design of your snowflake. This type of project can be somewhat finicky, so it's best left to someone with a lot of patience.
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Things you need
- 12 strips of 3/8-inch by 6½-inch paper
- Ornament hook
Find and mark the exact centre of two of the paper strips. Lay the first strip out horizontally and set the second strip on top of the first one so it lays vertically. The strips should intersect at their centre points. Glue them together.
Lay a second and third horizontal strip on either side of the original one. Set the strips flush with the original horizontal one (this time on top of the vertical strip) and glue them in place.
Weave two vertical strips alongside the original one (one on each side). Position them so all the strips are flush and glue the overlapping areas.
Repeat Steps 1 through 3 to create a second cross. Each cross is made up of six strips of paper.
Lay one of the crosses directly in front of you. Take hold of the right strip from the top vertical arm of the cross. Apply some glue to the end of the strip using the toothpick. Join the strip to the end of the adjacent horizontal strip. The two strips will create a slightly oval angle. Hold the strips together until the glue firmly adheres.
Rotate the cross a quarter turn so there's a new top arm. Repeat the same process as before: glue the right vertical strip to the closest horizontal strip. Continue the process of turning and gluing until only the centre strips of each arm are left unglued. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on the second woven cross.
Lay one of the crosses so that it forms an X. Place the second cross on top so that the unglued centre strips of the X bisect the oval angles on the cross. Glue a centre strip from the X to the tip of the oval angle on the cross that it bisects. Repeat this for the remaining centre strips on the X.
Turn over the snowflake so that the X is on top and the cross is on the bottom. Just as before, glue the centres strips to the tips of the oval angles they bisect.
Allow the glue to dry completely. Slip a wire ornament hook onto one of the points of the snowflake and hang it up.
Tips and warnings
- The only place where the two woven pieces join is where the centre strip is glued to the top of the oval angle from the opposite piece.
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