I haven’t made snowflakes since elementary school. Do they still do this kind of art in school anymore? Maybe it’s something we should all start doing again with our children and grandchildren. You know spend time without all the technology.
*It was a favorite activity in our earliest school years, and many families would share it as a familiar project around the holidays. Surely it ended up with numerous small flakes of paper on the ground as thick as the snow outside, but it was accompanied by a warmth of time spent creatively, and the unique designs that came out of everyone’s individual efforts. Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day encourages us to set out to do it again, and create snowflakes that will persist long after the last crystal of ice has melted into water as the seasons change.
History of Make Cut-out Snowflakes Day
What most people don’t know about this art is that is truly ancient, and in fact is founded in the traditional Japanese art-form of Origami, specifically a variation known as Kirigami. The process at the beginning is the same, both art forms involve the intricate folding of a piece of paper into a desired shape, though that’s where the similarities end. In Kirigami you then unfold the piece and place cuts in the desired place. Obviously the art of snowflake cutting takes this one step variance further, you typically cut the piece while it is still folded, and then unfold it to reveal the desired shape.
There’s no denying that the unique design of each snowflake is beautiful, and the ability to create either a single piece, or to intricately cut a piece of paper that has been folded over multiple times to create a string of elaborately cut snowflakes means you have near infinite variations you can end with. Such is the beauty of Kirigami. Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day encourages you to pick up this art again, and create your own unique and special snowflake.