I have been sick with a cold for a few days, and my energy level is very low. Because I don’t feel like going out, I decided to spend the day doing a project that I do every year around this time—cutting out paper snowflakes.
Every year, I make a few homemade holiday decorations for my home. I make paper chains, in varying colors or plain white; I make paper julgranskorg, which are Swedish heart-shaped woven baskets, and I make paper snowflakes to decorate our windows.
There are many tutorials available online, designed to have you cutting out snowflakes like a pro—some even provide patterns for truly impressive displays.
For those who don’t remember, you fold a piece of paper in half, then in half again, and then once again to make a triangle. If you use a regular piece of paper, there will be a tail that you will need to cut off. You can also get fancy and fold the triangle in half once again to make a skinny triangle.
I like my snowflakes to look “old-school”. I don’t want them to look too perfect, or too elegant. I even use the ones I cut out that turn out ugly—on the window, they will look home-made and sweet.
Paper snowflakes are very inexpensive decorations. Most people already have a ream of printer paper, scissors, and tape lying around. Double-sided tape is best, if you have it; otherwise, you can improvise by rolling regular tape into little tubes to stick the snowflakes to the window.
You can vary the size of the snowflakes if you want by using smaller paper squares before folding and cutting. I like to put the big flakes at the top of the window, and make them smaller as they get lower on the window.
This year, I am just decorating my two sets of patio doors with snowflakes. Because my cats like to stretch against the window sometimes, I am only decorating the upper third of the window.
The snowflakes look pretty just taped to the window, but I like to spray mine with spray snow, and then carefully peel the paper off, leaving just a snowy imprint. If you do this, protect the surrounding area with an old towel or some newspaper, because spray snow can be messy!
Updates: The rats have not dug up or bothered the hostas or the bulbs, so I am tentatively looking forward to a pretty spring display. The smell in our condo is dissipating slowly. I did find a disgusting mess underneath the catch pans on our stovetop; although it was not the smell, it was definitely a smell, so I’m glad to have that cleaned.
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