Day 10 is an old traditional favourite… paper snowflakes!
Now, I used to do them like this. I’d take a square of paper, and fold it in half diagonally over and over again until it looked like this, drawing a curve to make a rounded snowflake.
I’d draw on a pattern at random…
…and then cut it out.
At which point I’d be vaguely cheery until I saw some of the fancier ones online. This year I did some research! First of all, I’ve been folding the paper all wrong. This video shows you how you’re meant to do it:
So I made one, to keep as a template for next year, and a whole bunch to play with today.
Now, I’ve collected a LOT of snowflake designs in the past, and I plan on getting round to all of them eventually. But I started with the three designs posted in the middle of the tutorial video.
My folding isn’t particularly precise, and I was using the worst pair of scissors I own, but don’t they look fab?
After that I took a picture I’d found on Twitter…
..zoomed in and figured out the patterns.
They don’t look like the originals, cos I didn’t have all the angles and things right, but they do look good.
The last two I improvised, and they’re definitely better than my old style.
The one on the left especially points out the failings of my foldings. The centre is all squiffy. I need to work on my precision.
There are seven hundred bajillion thousand snowflake designs online if you know what to search for and where to look. I have a good percentage of those sitting in my ideas folder, so I’m fairly sure there’ll be more paper snowflakes this year 🙂
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