Twisted Paper Snowflake Tutorial

twisted paper snowflake

I am being featured on Bloom today! Emily of Bloom invited me to guest post on their site and I was more than excited to do so. I even came up with a forth snowflake design for the special occasion. If you haven’t been over to Bloom before, you will have to visit. Anne and Emily of Bloom are full great articles about family and motherhood.

Back to the snowflake. I got a bit crazy with this one… probably because I have been cooped up in my house for the last few days. But did you noticed that this time I used double sided cardstock paper? Yes, I upgraded my snowflakes. This is the last one I promise. I’m sure you’re quite sick of them now. Just in case you are not, here is a picture and links to the other three previous snowflakes. The piping paper snowflake, the twirly paper snowflake and the cookie cutter paper snowflake. This twisted paper snowflake (nicknamed crazy octopus) is a combination of both the piping and twirly snowflake. If you make something using this tutorial, please upload pictures of it in our Flickr group to show it off to everyone. You may be featured on Simply Modern Mom.

3 snowflakes


  • cardstock paper
  • 8 markers, pens or pencils
  • 4 pipe cleaners/chenille
  • paper cutter, scissors
  • ribbon, string or thread
  • needle
  • hole punch or other embellishments for the center
  • glue
  • low adhesive tape

1. Cut 9 strips of cardstock 3/4″ x 6″.

octopus snowflake strips

2. Place glue at one end of the first strip. Then make a ring, only to one strip of cardstock.

octopus snowflake glue

octopus snowflake ring

3. Fold one end of the remainder 8 strips at 3/4″.

octopus snowflake fold

4. Tape one of the strip diagonally to the markers, then wrap it around and tape the second end. Do to all 8 strips. Allow the paper to settle for at least an hour. The longer the better.

octopus snowflake twist markers

5. While waiting for the twists to settle. Take your pipe cleaners and mark at the edge of the ring where the holes need to be. There will be 8 holes all evenly spaced.

octopus snowflake markings

6. Unwrap the twisted strips then apply glue to the end where you had previously folded at 3/4″.

octopus snowflake curls

octopus snowflake curl glue

7. Glue the strips of twisted paper onto the ring according to the markings previously made with the pipe cleaners. Make sure they are all equally spaced.

octopus snowflake legs

8. Use a small hole punch or scrapbooking hole punch with hammer tools to punch holes in the middle of each glued ends on the ring.

octopus snowflake holes

9. Pull the pipe cleaners through the holes across from each other. Then wrap the curls around the pipe cleaners.

octopus snowflake piping

10. Trim off excess pipe cleaner ends.

octopus snowflake trim

11. Use needle to attach ribbon or thread to the snowflake to hang. Optional, apply embellishments to center of the snowflake.

octopus snowflake needle

twisted snowflake

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