Hey friends, if you’ve known me for a while then you know that I like coming up with affordable versions of home decor items. Especially around Christmas when it can get really pricey with all the breakable ornaments and fast-changing trends.
So when I took a trip to Ikea and saw their white Vinter 2016 poster board snowflakes I got really inspired. I know that $2.99 for one large snowflake isn’t all that bad but when I compared that price to the actual price of the poster board they are made from, I knew I could do much better.
I’m lucky enough to have a cutter, an old Silhouette Cameo that I’ve had for years and I love it. So I added a free snowflake studio file and I also added a free snowflake svg file for you if you have a Cricut.
Aren’t they pretty?
poster board snowflakes with free snowflake svg file
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You can do these several different ways though and you don’t need to have a cutting machine as I have. I will describe how I made them in different ways.
First of I’ll show you how to cut one by hand. It won’t be as intricate as the original version but it still makes a pretty statement.
- a good pair of scissors (these are my favorite scissors)
- craft glue
- curved upholstery needle
- white wool
- white poster board (I think Walmart has a pretty good price). You can cut 4 snowflakes out of one sheet
free snowflake svg file and free studio file
These digital downloads are available from my google drive. All I’m asking is that you don’t use these files for any type of resale.
step-by-step posterboard snowflake instructions
tutorial without cutter
First cut a long strip from the poster board.
Fold it in a fan.
Cut a triangle at the top. I cut it in sections because otherwise it’s too thick.
It would look great already in a fan shape just like that don’t you think so?
But I decided to nudge out another triangle on the side.
Then you have to glue the edges together so it stays in a circle. I also used a stapler to secure the glued edges.
Then I used the wool and upholstery needle to string through two pieces of wool which are going to keep the snowflake shape securely in shape once tied together.
And don’t mind my dry fingers, please. They are quite yucky!
It’s that easy that my 10-year-old daughter (soccer fan) was able to help me with it:
And voila here is the simple scissor cut version. Wouldn’t it look pretty in a tree or even just as a tree topper if you don’t have the time to make more.
Instructions with Silhouette Cameo or Cricut
So now let’s show you the Ikea knock-off version which I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. I made the actual snowflake cut files in Adobe Illustrator and you can get the free snowflake svg file or studio file above for free. Merry Christmas from me to you! It’s not the exact same version, just a similar version.
So first, download your free files above.
The cutting machine does all the work for you. Even the perforation where you have to fold the lines and the holes for the wool to thread through.
After it’s all cut out, I folded it in a fan again:
Then glued the edges and stapled them in place.
I removed all the staples when the snowflakes were done and all the glue had dried.
The pre-cut holes for the thread make it easy to pull the wool through. And again I used the curved upholstery needle for that.
Oh, and I used a paper clip too because I ran out of staples at some point.
All you have to do at the end is pull the wool strings tight and knot them on both sides which keeps the snowflake shape in place just like I did with the hand-cut version.
Here is my exact Ikea replica version:
So you can compare:
Photos of finished snowflakes
And you can see that I went crazy with the number of snowflake ornaments that I cut for our tree. Stay tuned for the Christmas home tours.
Tip: You could also dip these in a bit of glitter for some extra sparkle.
And this is a slightly different cutting file version below. But remember you are not allowed to offer it on your website, resell it or sell anything from my version. Please play fair.
Or you might like the foldable 3D stars I offered a while back.
More of my DIY snowflake projects
As part of my macrame ornaments blog post, you can make these pretty macrame snowflakes.
Or how about the below DIY snowflake canvas art? I love it on my mantle.
Or my favorite paper bag snowflakes that I keep bringing back every year.
So is that something you’d do for your own Christmas decor? I love the big impact they make on a simple tree. I wouldn’t even need anything else with them besides lights.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I might be back on black Friday or next Monday. Not sure yet. Enjoy yourself.