Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Art of Snowflakes
In my parents' house, there is a picture window in the dining room that faces the driveway. When my brother and I were young, my mother would come up with an idea and we would cut and glue construction paper to make a festive Christmas scene. It didn't seem to matter that the only people who could see it were our next door neighbors. It was always a ton of fun and really signalled the start of the holiday season.
Last weekend, I tried to create decorations for the windows in our apartment. I thought that intricate snowflakes on vivid paper would be great. I found this great tutorial on How About Orange, one of my favorite craft sites, and started cutting. Two hours later, I had 6 ugly, mangled snowflakes and nothing to hang on our windows.
I was puzzled. What had I done wrong? Well, first of all, for years, I've been folding circles into quarters or eighths and cutting snowflakes from those. After reading a bunch of articles, it looks like many people start with squares instead. Also, I am not using the best kind of scissor so my shapes are dull and I'm not able to make very small cuts to add details. Now that I have an idea of what I did wrong, I am ready to try again.
If the snowflakes in this next batch are presentable, I'll post a picture of our living room windows. Was my family the one who did this? Do you remembering cutting out snowflakes as a kid? What was your secret?
Photo courtesy of How About Orange