So we put up the office Christmas decorations this week, and there were a couple that really got me peeved.
I suppose they were intended to represent snowflakes, but they were like no snowflake that ever existed on this planet. Instead of the natural hexagonal symmetry (six sides), they had octagonal symmetry (eight sides) – eight branches coming off the center in a squarish pattern.
Here’s a photo of an honest to goodness real snowflake:
See that? SIX SIDES! Here are more photos of the types of actual snowflakes, in all their amazing variety:
The one thing they have in common? SIX SIDES.
Here’s a photo of the sort of thing that got put up around the office:
I suppose the reason these abominations exist is because people are too lazy to bother learning the trick to making the necessary hexagonal fold.
But come on, it’s not that hard. And there are plenty of “How To” websites, like this one:
If you prefer watching a video:
I actually use that method for the hexagonal fold, but I’ve never ironed them. Instead, I pause when I’ve made that dart shape and before I begin cutting. I unfold the paper, smooth out all the creases, and then fold it back up.
Pro Tips: The thinner the paper, the easier it is to fold and cut. Use sharp scissors! Also, always make straight line cuts. No curves! Real snowflakes do NOT have curves!
If you make a mistake cutting them, or they don’t look good, don’t worry. It’s just paper! Toss the defective ones in the Recycling Bin (White Paper Only), and make another.
So do it right and make your own individual unique snowflakes, OK?
I bought a snowflake cut out from the Dollar Tree to paint. Only through this project did I learn of snowflakes only ever having 6, 3, or 12 sides. So my snowflake painting is a mutant I guess? Maybe a crystal of a completely different substance? Oh well. I knew something about it looked off, but I couldn’t place what it was, and bought it anyway! My paper snowflakes will always have 6 now, as I’ve always thought they looked better that way. Now I understand why!