When I first had the crazy idea to make these Name Art Snowflakes I honestly wasn’t sure how it would go! However once we started, Immy and I found it to be one very addictive name art idea!
Once both of our names were done Immy insisted we work on making a collection – with one for each of her school friends too!
I just love how individual they are.
I also love that combine art with math with a good dose of fine motor skill for good measure! Immy is in grade 2 and the drawing of the names was challenging for her, though the folding and cutting were no problem at all when we were working one on one. As a result, if you were planning on trying this with a whole class of kids I think I would stick to fourth or fifth grade and up.
How to Make Name Snowflakes
1. Start with a round piece of paper – A4 sized works for short names but you’ll want to use a larger sheet if you’re working with children with longer names.
2. Fold the paper in half. Then you can either fold the half into thirds to make a more authentic, six sided snowflake OR (because it’s much simpler for kids) fold your half in half and then in half again. Which actually creates an eighth, right??! Well, the result is eight sided anyway! 3. Use a pencil to write your name across the folded circle in block or bubble letters, making sure that the top and bottom of each letter touches the folded edges of the paper. You also want the letters to touch each other at at least one point, don’t leave a space between each one. 4. Cut the non-letter spaces away, being careful to not cut all the way between two letters.
You may need to get creative with letters that need a hole in the middle (like d and p)! We cut neatly up, down or across into that part of the letter shape and then cut around the hole (as you can see with the letter e below).
5. Once you’re cutting is done, unfold your snowflake. Ta-da! Awesome, huh?!!
You can also make different versions of your name by experimenting with upper and lowercase letters, different styles of lettering and varying the spacing of your letters – so one name can have a myriad of unique variations!
Have fun making snowflakes for each member of your family or comparing those made by each child in your class.