Snowflakes made from TP rolls are all over Pinterest. I thought it was a great idea and wanted to try it myself, but make them more angular and less flower-shaped. Though they are made from a tube, the technique is quilling, since it’s using strips of paper.
This craft is pretty easy because the pieces will all be the same uniform length. You can play with different shaped pieces to create your own, or just follow this design. You can also paint it white and add glitter (that is, if glitter is allowed in your home; it’s not in mine).
Toilet Paper Rolls – 2 per snowflake (or 1 paper towel roll)
White Paint, Glitter, Jewels, Sequins, or anything you’d like to decorate
Ruler/pen or pencil (optional)
First, press the roll down to flatten then cut 18 strips that are 3/8″ wide. This makes 6 sets of 3 marquise-shaped pieces.
Fold 6 of the strips in half so they make a V-shape.
Fold the second set of 6 strips into the pointed heart shape as shown.
Next, cut the slits. All the slits are half the width (3/16″) and must be cut on the same side. Use a ruler to mark where to cut if you like precision!
Cut 2 slits in the middle of each side on the folded V-shaped pieces.
Cut 2 slits about 3/8″ from the folded corners on the second set (shown in pink above).
Cut 4 slits (2 on each side) in the middle of the last pieces, about 1/2″ apart.
Line up the slits and slide together in the pattern shown, cut edge to cut edge.
Once you have 6 sets, glue together in the middle and the final shape is complete (measuring 6.5 inches). The brown looks nice in a warm, woodsy color palette, or you can paint it white and add glitter or whatever decorations you like.
How did yours turn out? Let me know with a comment (that kind of behavior is sure to get you on Santa’s NICE list, after all)!