We are ready with our art supplies for National Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day on December 27, and we want you to join us! Take out your foil paper, construction paper, glitters, scissors, and design templates (if you have any), and then just cut out basic shapes or intricate patterns into a beautiful snowflake. It’s a great way to creatively spend time with the family after the hustle and bustle of Christmas and keep the children out of mischief.
History of National Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day
You can’t have a white Christmas without snow, now, can you? Snowflakes are most associated with the holiday season, so naturally, it is a popular tradition to create paper snowflakes for decor purposes or just to have fun. The date of this holiday mildly surprises us, as making paper snowflakes is a regular craft activity in schools and, on December 27, schools are closed and children are at home. But, then again, it keeps the tots occupied.
Making snowflakes is a modern tradition, but the method for creating it is based on the old art of origami. The concept of origami is about folding a piece of paper several times to create objects, and it started in Japan around the 17th century. Another variation is called Kirigami, which involves cutting out shapes into the folded paper. Cut-out snowflakes include both methods, requiring the folding of paper and then adding cuts in the desired places for a more detailed effect. Just like no two snowflakes are identical, you can cut as many different patterns as you like on your folded paper.
So whether it is detailed or basic, Make Cut-Out Snowflake Day is a timeless tradition that a lot of us have grown up with. It is a fantastic way to channel your creativity and remember what it felt like to work with scissors and art supplies as a kid. Once you and your family have completed your snowflake projects, you can write your name on them or color them in for a unique and personalized touch. Then all you need to do is hang them from the ceiling or on a window, or wherever else you like, as a big family of snowflakes.
National Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day timeline
A Chinese official named Cai Lun invents paper.
Making origami kicks off in Japan.
Wilson Alwyn Bentley discovers that no two snowflakes are the same.
The book “Kirigami, the Creative Art of Papercutting” by Florence Temko, introduces the Japanese craft to the people of the United States.
National Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day FAQs
What is paper-cutting?
Papercutting is the craft of making paper designs. The distinguished style of this form of art is that a single sheet of paper is used for cutting out designs, as opposed to multiple sheets.
What paper is best for paper-cutting?
Paper-cutting enthusiasts typically use 120-160 GSM paper. Everything else, like the size, color, and finish, is a matter of preference.
What is the difference between colored paper and construction paper?
The main difference between colored paper and construction paper is the texture. Construction paper is similar to regular printer paper in terms of thickness.
National Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day Activities
Cut out paper snowflakes
As the name of the day suggests, make your own cut-out paper snowflakes! You don’t have to be an artist to do this. It is as easy as grabbing a pair of scissors and getting started!
Host a competition
There’s nothing like some friendly competition to really get the creative juices flowing. Have a competition with your family to see who can create the best snowflake. Winners can be nominated based on the design of their cut-out snowflake or the artwork that went into it.
Post your snowflake
Show off your lovely design or the entire cluster of snowflakes made by your family on social media. Use the hashtag #MakeCutOutSnowflakesDay.
5 Facts About Snowflakes That Will Blow Your Mind
It’s not just snowflakes
Snow isn’t entirely made of snowflakes. Snow also consists of sleet.
They aren’t really white
We hate to break it to you but snowflakes are technically translucent; they only look white due to the light that passes through them.
There are A LOT of them
In the U.S. alone, about 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 snowflakes fall each year.
Snow to water ratio
10 inches of snow is equal to one inch of water.
It is drinkable
80% of fresh water on Earth is either frozen or in the form of snow.
Why We Love National Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day
Everybody has an inner Picasso
Art shouldn’t be limited to a certain craft. Everybody can cut out snowflakes and participate in this holiday. It’s fun for all!
Trip down memory lane
With the digital revolution, old traditions are gradually disappearing. Cutting out snowflakes is a simple activity that is nostalgic and revives fond childhood memories.
Let it snow, let it snow!
Christmas is over, the ice has melted, and it is time to go back to regular life. But you know what will be around forever and won’t melt? Your cut-out snowflake!
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