what mariel made: diy coffee filter snowflakes

At my internship this past summer, I had the pleasure of celebrating Christmas in July (July 25th) for the first time. This event, of course, called for decorations, and snowflakes were in that slew of Christmas-y decorations (in addition to a mini Christmas tree, lights, and Christmas sweaters). I was delegated the privilege to make the snowflakes, so supplied with good ‘ole, traditional coffee filters and a pair of scissors, I developed a pretty good method for making decently intricate snowflakes. Here’s how I made them.

What you’ll need:

  • white coffee filters
  • scissors
  • paper clips (optional)
  • pencil (optional)

Step 1: Take coffee filter and fold in half to make a semicircle.

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Step 2: Fold the semicircle into thirds to make a wedge.

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Step 3: Fold the wedge in half to make an even smaller wedge. *tip: Secure the wedge with a paperclip to make sure your coffee filter does not slip or unravel when you trace a design and cut it out.


Step 4: Trace the design of your snowflake with pencil (or free hand cut it with your scissors!).

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*another tip: For more intricate, delicate snowflakes, you want to make the designs on the wedge pretty intricate. Make sure you cut away a lot of paper, and are left with a rather minimal piece of coffee filter.

Step 5: Cut out the design of your snowflake.

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Step 6: Unfold the snowflake wedge carefully + see your snowflakes come to life!

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Now, you can do whatever your heart desires with these snowflakes. For our decorated space at the office, I simply hung the snowflakes on clear fishing line with paperclips. *another tip: If you can be bothered, I suggest even laminating your snowflakes to make them last longer and easier to handle.

Or, tape them against windows, hang them from the ceiling with fishing line, put them on DIY Christmas cards or packages, or simply go to Pinterest for more ideas, which is always a safe choice (in fact, I’ll make it über easy for you and include a link to a snowflake-inspired Pinterest page, here).

As always, thanks for stopping by and sticking around! And for those out there who are feeling the heat of final exams, YOU CAN GET THRU IT! POWER ON THRU & CONQUER THOSE FINALS. FOR NARNIAAAA~! (Haha, just kidding, but in all sincerity, we can do it.) On that note, I will leave you to carry on with your day or night. Have a blessed one, y’all.

❤ mariel

p.s. once all of my finals are done + my winter break commences, expect to see many more blog posts! i am sorry for the infrequency of posts + i really appreciate you for coming back to read my blog. much love. xo

images by Mariel Kim


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