Snowflake Table Setting

Make your own place mats, coasters, and napkin rings decorated with crisp white snowflakes.

Snowflake Placemat
Let it snow on your table.

1. Cut, fold, then unfold. Cut typing paper into squares (or use origami paper, which is already cut into squares when you purchase it). We used 6-inch, 3-inch, and 2-1/2-inch squares. Fold one paper square in half diagonally. Then unfold it.

2. Crease. Fold the square in half diagonally in the other direction. Do not unfold. The center of your triangle should have a crease.

3. Align your triangle with the Diagram (below) by placing the long leg of your triangle on the horizontal dotted line and the crease on the vertical dotted line.

4. Lift and crease. Lift the left corner and crease the paper at the solid line on the left (the left side of the V).

5. Lift, crease, and cut. Lift the right corner and crease the paper at the solid line on the right (the right side of the V). Cut away the shaded area of the folded square. You are now ready to cut the design of your snowflake and unfold it.

Snowflake Diagram
Snowflake Diagrams, clockwise from top left: Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, Step 4, Step 5.

What You Need:

Snowflake Napkin Ring
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Blue poster board
  • Carbon paper
  • Scissors
  • Typing paper
  • Glue stick
  • Clear adhesive-backed vinyl

Instructions:

1. Download the free designs for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Snowflake Napkin Ring pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

Snowflake How-To
From top: Steps 4, 8, 9.

2. Trace the pattern onto tracing paper.

3. Cut out the pattern.

4. Trace around the pattern onto the blue poster board.

5. Transfer. Use the carbon paper to transfer the slit markings on the tissue pattern to the poster board.

6. Cut out the shape. Do not cut the slits.

7. Cut a snowflake from a 2-1/2-inch square of typing paper (see Snowflake Instructions on the first page).

8. Glue onto snowflake. Dab glue onto one side of the snowflake. Fasten the snowflake to the circle of the napkin ring. Use only enough glue to hold the snowflake in place.

9. Cut and adhere. Cut two pieces of adhesive-backed vinyl slightly larger than the napkin ring. Gradually remove the backing from one piece of the vinyl and fasten the sticky side to the front of the napkin ring.

10. Fasten another piece of adhesive-backed vinyl to the back of the napkin ring.

11. Cut. Carefully trim the excess vinyl from around the napkin ring. Then cut the slits.

12. Fold. Fold the ring around a napkin. Slip the slits inside each other to hold the napkin.

What You Need:

Snowflake Placemat
The place mat anchors the table setting.
  • Pizza pan or canning-kettle lid
  • Pencil
  • Blue poster board
  • Scissors
  • Typing paper
  • Glue stick
  • Clear adhesive-backed vinyl

Instructions:

1. Draw and cut pattern. Use a pizza pan or a canning-kettle lid as your pattern. Draw around the pan or lid onto the poster board. Cut out the mat.

2. Make large, medium, and small snowflakes (see Snowflake Instructions on the first page).

3. Arrange snowflakes. Have fun arranging your snowflakes on the mat. When you like your arrangement, pick up your snowflakes, one at a time, dab glue onto their backs, and fasten them in place.

4. Cut, fasten, and trim. Cut two pieces of adhesive-backed vinyl slightly larger than the mat. Fasten the vinyl to both sides of the mat. Trim the excess vinyl with the scissors.

What You Need:

Snowflake Coaster
Feeling ambitious? Make tiny flakes instead of one large one.
  • 4-inch diameter cup or jar lid
  • Pencil
  • Blue poster board
  • Scissors
  • Typing paper
  • Glue stick
  • Clear adhesive-backed vinyl

Instructions:

1. Draw around the cup or lid onto the poster board.

2. Cut out the coaster shape.

3. Make snowflake. Use a 3-inch square of typing paper to make the snowflake for the coaster (see Snowflake Instructions on the first page). Fasten it in place.

4. Cut, fasten, and trim. Cut two pieces of adhesive-backed vinyl slightly larger than the mat. Fasten the vinyl to both sides of the mat. Trim the excess vinyl with the scissors.

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