Awhile ago I said I was going to figure out a way to explain how to put together my heart box. And while it's really simple, I didn't know how to do it with images alone. So, I tried a video. Its not a very good one, but it works? Maybe.
You can print the files at the bottom and cut them out, then watch the video. The video starts with a box that is all cut out.
You know those paper heart baskets I posted awhile ago? Part of the reason I bothered to put that together was so it would stop bothering me. The concept had been rolling around in my head for weeks, and I thought if I actually made it and tried it out and made sure it worked, then I could forget about it. So, I made the paper heart baskets and said, I'm done.
Well, since I made and tested one thing using interlocking hearts, my brain decided to go crazy and think up more. Because its uncooperative like that.
So. I made a card, which is only a slightly altered form of a couple cards I've seen on pinterest, here and here. But after I made it, I thought, wow, I could make a cool box using this.
But right now you only get to see the card because I'm still trying to figure out the best way to explain how to put the box together. Because it's actually very simple and requires absolutely zero glue. Yep. And its actually really simple to put together, once you know the trick.
Anyway. All you get is the heart card for now. Knock yourself out.
Oh, and Happy Valentines Day.
Awhile back I made a fold and cut ornament... which I never posted or gave instructions for. Eventually I might.
And then I thought, thats a simple thing to paint. It would be good to start up again with something simple.
So, I painted it.
It was a good reminder of how much I love painting, and how much I miss it. And how terribly, horribly, completely rusty I am at it.
I started it one night in November and never got back to it until last night, when I decided to be done with it. Not because its the best it can be and completely finished, but because it served its purpose--it was a reason to get the paints out, and to remember how fun painting is, and how hard.
Here is how it looked, at various points in its life. I noticed too late that when I held the iphone too close to the painting it made the whole picture look cold, with a sort of grey-blue cast over the whole thing. Something to watch for next time.
Ok, you've folded your snowflake, either with 5 points , 6 points, or 7 points.
Now you start cutting like crazy is what! Have fun and be creative!
As I said before, I am NOT going to give you a snowflake pattern, because I believe that that would be getting in the way of your fun and creativity. Besides, if you wanted snowflakes designed by me, you could just buy the Holiday Snowflakes Cricut Cartridge. You're cutting snowflakes by hand--make it personal and unique!
If you're still a little hesitant, here are some ideas of how to design a cool looking snowflake. This is most definitely not the only way--just one way.
Use a pencil and draw LIGHTLY so its easier to erase from your final snowflake. I drew dark so you could see.
Take your prepared little folded snowflake wedge shape and draw a few lines on it. I'd say somewhere from 2-5, but you can do more if you really like cutting. Straight lines are easier to cut, but curved shapes are fun too.
Make sure they meet these criteria:
-All the lines are somehow connected to the others
-At least one of the lines touches each of the two folds
That's it. Here are a few I did:
Draw lines paralleling the ones you already made, to make a thicker shape.
Cut along the outer lines until you've got your shape cut out.
Open it up to see what you've created!
Thats not the only way to make a cool snowflake. Here are some other things you might want to try:
-Use the method above, but make the line widths vary--thick on one end and thin on the other, or maybe thick in the center and thin in the sides... lots of options!
-Use the same criteria as above, but with shapes instead of lines. Try circles, squares, triangles, stars, whatever.
-Remember, symmetry is your friend! Since we're working with folded paper, if you put the center of a symmetrical image on the fold, you'll get a whole one when you cut it out and open it up. Hearts, stars, snowmen, trees, leaves, people--so many symmetrical things!
-If you want a challenge, try writing a word and cutting it out. The same criteria as above still apply--all the letters must connect (cursive can be helpful here) and your design must touch each of the folded edges at least once.
I think its fun to play with the shapes created from the center of snowflakes you've already cut out.
Look at the two snowflakes in this picture--the smaller one is made from the piece left behind when the center was cut out of the larger one. Fun, right? I also like having various sizes of snowflakes, which looks more interesting.
Have other ideas or suggestions? Put them in the comments! Also, show us what cool snowflakes you made with these ideas.
You've folded one with 6 points, and you've folded one with 5 points. (No, really. Do those first.) Now, you want a 7 pointed snowflake!
We'll start out just the same as we did for the other two.
Fold your 8 1/2 x 11 paper in half.
Find the center of the fold.
Now we really get started.
Fold up the corner of your paper and fold to form two angles, one 25.7 ISH degrees (180/7), and the other 77.1 ISH degrees ([180/7]x3)-- that is, the big angle is 3 times as wide as the small one. Not only do we have the thickness of the paper throwing our angles off, but you just have a whole lotta numbers after the decimals.
You can print and cut out a pattern here if you want some help getting the right angles.
Fold up the other corner against the edge of the fold you just made. Flip it over.
Fold back along the edge of your last fold. (Again, not sure how to word this--look at the picture.)
Flip it over and fold it in half. Cut off the top at the blue lines.
Here are some ideas on designing snowflakes, if you're interested.
I'd love to see your cool 7 pointed snowflakes. If you want to show us what you've made, put a link in the comments!
So, you've folded a 6 pointed snowflake, and you want to try something a little bit harder. (And really, I would suggest doing at least one 6 pointed snowflake before trying this one, because this one is just a tiny bit harder.)
So, here we go--a 5 pointed snowflake.
We start with the same few steps as the 6 pointed snowflake. Fold your 8 1/2 x 11 paper in half "hamburger style".
Next, Find the center of the fold.
Here's where it starts getting exciting. Fold up the corner of your paper (with the end of the fold at that little crease you made) to form two angles, one twice as wide as the other. If you have a protractor, the larger angle is about 72 ([180/5]x2) degrees and the second is about 36 degrees (180/5), but usually I just eyeball it.
If you don't want to eyeball it, you can print a pattern from this page and cut it out as a guide.
Next, pull up the other corner. Fold right up against the other fold. (I'm not sure the best way to word that. Just look at the picture.)
If you care about the math, you now have two 36-ish degree angles.
Flip your paper over and fold it in half.
Cut off the top on the lines as shown, and you're ready to go! If you want ideas on designing a snowflake, take a look at my post with ideas and suggestions. Or just go crazy doing your own thing. That's OK too.
If you want to show us your cool 5 pointed snowflake, put a link in the comments!
I thought the internet would have it figured out too. However, that doesn't seem to be the case. Maybe I'm judgemental, but I just don't like most of the snowflake folding instructions I've found out there. So, I'm going to make my own set of instructions. I've never actually made instructions for anything before, so I may fail at making something better than what is already out there simply through inexperience. Photography is a big thing I need to figure out. Therefore, this will be a work in progress, and I may update it later if I find that there is a better way of doing it. Also when I learn to take better photos. Definitely.
One of the reasons I'm dissatisfied with all the snowflake instructions I've found on the internet so far is that most of them tell you to start with a square piece of paper. Since I think 99% of the people following the instructions will use a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of printer paper, this just adds an unnecessary step to the process. Additionally, you end up with slightly less space to work with. Nothing huge, but I like taking advantage of as much paper as I can.
In the picture below I folded a 6 pointed snowflake with a square piece of paper, and folded one with my own method. My method is the bottom piece. You can see, one folded my way will end up with a little bit more space. Again, not a huge deal, but I thought it was interesting.
Snowflake folding takes several steps, so I'm going to make 4 separate posts--one each for 6, 5, and 7 pointed snowflakes, then one with some tips and ideas for designing your snowflakes.
So, without further ado...
HOW TO FOLD A 6 POINTED SNOWFLAKE:
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