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Winter Break Wonders Activity: Colorful Snowflakes

Paper snowflakes

This Winter Break Wonders activity is inspired by Dale Chihuly’s sculpture, Azure Icicle Chandelier, found on the bridge of the Modern Art Gallery. Learn more about this artwork, then design your own colorful snowflakes!

Azure Icicle Chandelier by Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly, Azure Icicle Chandelier, 2016, blown glass and steel, 210 in. × 105 in. × 101 in. (533.4 × 266.7 × 256.5 cm). Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2019.11. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.

Look Closer:

  • What do you see? What does this artwork remind you of? How might it feel if you could touch it?
  • Dale Chihuly created the Azure Icicle Chandelier specifically for Crystal Bridges’ gallery bridge to reflect the water, light, and glass on each side of the space.
  • Chihuly creates glass sculptures using gravity to make organic shapes. Snowflakes also form organically as they fall from the sky. For today’s project, learn how to make your own unique snowflakes while at home.

Activity: Design a Snowflake!

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Optional: pencil, coloring tools such as markers or crayons, string, or tape
Scissors, tape, pencils, marker and string


Step 1: To create a square, fold your sheet of paper to make a right angle.

Step 2: Use your pencil to mark the extra paper (that looks like a rectangle).

Hands cutting paper with scissors

Step 3: Unfold the paper and use your scissors to cut the line you have drawn.

Step 4: To start, fold your square to make a right angle triangle again. Repeat this step three more times and cut the excess.

Step 5: To create your snowflake design, cut small shapes along the folds. If you have a spare pencil, you can draw these shapes before cutting.

Hands cutting paper with scissors

Step 6: Once you have finished cutting, unfold your paper, and admire your work!

Step 7 (optional): To hang your snowflakes, attach string or tape to your snowflake. Add color to your snowflakes using markers, crayons, or anything else you can find. You can even outline the shapes of your holes.

Paper snowflakes

Explore more works by Chihuly in the collection:

Book Recommendations:

Want to learn more about the winter season? Here are some books we recommend for further learning!

  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Dream Snow by Eric Carle
  • Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak
  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner; illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Have fun!

Written by Cayla Jones, museum educator, Crystal Bridges.


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