Animal Mándala Snowflakes
Standard Printer Paper
Papercutting is a fun way to explore design and symmetry. I love animating my designs with animals.
Today I’ll demonstrate how to create six-pointed snowflakes with animal shapes hidden inside.
Fold a sheet of paper into a square. (Carefully line up one end with an adjacent edge and crease.)
Cut off the extra.
Fold it in half, then make a partial crease to mark the center, and then open it back up.
Fold it into triangular thirds. It’s tricky, so if you don’t get it right at first, just adjust it.
Cut the excess off from corner to corner so all of it has all of the layers of paper.
On your scrap of paper, sketch animals as seen from the front or above (so they’re symmetrical.)
Fold the animal in half on the line of symmetry and cut them out. These are your stencils.
Before we begin, take note of where the center point, the outer edge, and the folded edges are.
You can cut from one folded edge to the other only at the center point and the outer edge.
Otherwise, each cut must begin and end on the same folded edge.
A cut from one folded edge to another will divide it in half, creating an inner and outer piece.
Now that we know the general rules, let’s begin. Trace the templates you made onto the folded edges.
Once you’re confident, you can freehand draw animals at this stage rather than pre-make templates.
Cut out the animals. If you can do it in a single cut, the cutouts can be part of your final piece.
Now cut varied shapes around the animals. Leave 1/4” to 1/2” thickness of paper between each cut.
The final cut across the outer edge can go all the way across and will create the outer shape.
Carefully unfold the piece, pressing the seams flat as you go.
Put it in a large book for an hour or more to fully flatten the seams.
Take it out and place it on a dark background to set it off!
Here are a few other examples, this one with dragonflies and butterflies.
You can cut non-symmetrical animal shapes from a folded edge and get two connected animals.
Good luck with your Animal Mándala Snowflakes! Be patient and make many, it takes practice!
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