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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

How to Make Easy Paper Snowflakes

By: Chris Hammond for FaveCrafts.com
How to Make Easy Paper Snowflakes
How to Make Easy Paper Snowflakes
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This how to make paper snowflakes video shows the basic method for cutting and creating classic snowflakes. Maybe some period of time has passed and you've forgotten how exactly to make those snowflakes without accidentally cutting the paper into a bunch of separate pieces! This helpful video tutorial will show you exactly where to cut to make sure you wind up with a lovely paper snowflake. Remember, each snowflake is completely different! Enjoy creating a variety of precious snowflakes and hang them up around your home during the winter season.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

MaterialsPaper

Beginner

SeasonWinter

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Materials List

  • Computer paper or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Pen (optional)

Instructions

  1. Start with a square piece of paper. If your paper is rectangular, cut it down to a square shape.

  2. Fold diagonally so you wind up with a triangle.

  3. Take the bottom left point of your isosceles triangle and fold along the upper righthand side as shown.

  4. Flip the paper over, and repeat this step on the other side, lining up the folds as well as possible. The goal is a symmetrical snowflake!

  5. Fold the whole shape in half along the middle, lining up the points.

  6. (Optional): Draw cutouts with pen and mark X's where the paper will fall away.

  7. Cut out the areas you marked in pen, or if you didn't do this step, simply eyeball and cut the shapes! The great thing is you don't really know what your snowflakes will look like until you open them up. 

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Adorable! I have so many memories of making these in school as a kid )

I have made cut snowflakes for many years, and after a while I got pretty designs by really cutting a lot of the paper away. But I folded the square paper differently and it didn't work well,with bulky paper, so I will have to try this folding technique which seems much better! For added fun, you can sprinkle some glitter in with diluted glue or add glow in the dark paint! Thanks for sharing!

I have learned something here. I have learned that there is a certain formula for folding your paper to get these amazing snowflake shapes! How pretty these would be using printed scrapbook papers...they make papers in vintage and retro style prints, embossed solids, and fun polka dots and stripes! If you chose a variety of papers in both prints and solids, you could create garland, too. Or, turn the snowflakes into ornaments for your tree!

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