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Have Fun Making Virtual Snowflakes
Remember folding a piece of paper and cutting bits out of it to make a snowflake? It was a lot of fun. Now you can make one like that online and even send it with a message to a friend. No little bits of paper to clean up afterwards with these snowflake designs. Here's how to do it.
The website is called SNOWDAY and you will be amazed at some of the designs people make on the site. There are snowflake makers from all over the world and snowflake messages in all different languages. Give it a try and maybe you'll become a master snowflake maker.
(image is the front page of SnowDay)
Get Started on Snowdays
Bring up Snowdays in a separate window (side-by-side with this one). Click on the photo to go to the Snowdays website.
Allow a few seconds for the site to open.
Get oriented by clicking on the white snow falling in the scene on your computer. Each one will open into a snowflake design that someone created. Many will have messages in them. They come from all over the U.S. and the world (Hungary, Italy, Australia, etc.).
Alternate Sites for Making Snowflakes - in the rare times when SnowDays is down
I tried these but didn't like any of them nearly as much as SnowDays by Popular Front.
If SnowDays happens to be down one day, these give you something to fall back on for entertainment and your snowflake fix.
- Create Your Own Snowflakes on zefrank.com - Create 3D Snowflakes on zefrank.com
- Design a snowflake
- Snowflake Designer - 6 Sides (Advanced Options) - Aren't snowflakes pretty! If you choose the 'Copy to Clipboard' option you can then paste the image of your snowflake in a word processor or graphics program (then you can print from there!).
Interacting with Others on Snowdays
You can respond to the message in a snowflake by clicking on the orange RESPOND button. If you see a particularly lovely design, put a compliment on it. You can even print out a snowflake that you like.
If you see a really marvelous design, you can search for other flakes by the same artist. Remember their name and location, then click on FIND-A-FLAKE. Put the name and location in and hit search. All the flakes made by that person will start to fall.
Making Your Own Flake
The Creative Side of Snowdays
Now that you see what others are doing, make your own flake. Just click on CREATE-YOUR-OWN-SNOWFLAKE. The site folds the paper so it's ready for you to cut out your design (click and drag with your mouse). A preview of the finished flake shows on the left, so you can see how each cut turns out.
If you make a mistake, click on UNDO. If it gets messy, click RESET and start over fresh. Each flake you make is unique. Once you are satisfied with the flake, click on DONE.
Send Snowflake Messages Using SNOW DAYS
To Your Friends and Family
Next it asks for your name and location, message (optional), and email address. No one sees your email address, but you get a notice when anyone comments on the flake. If you don't want to bother with that, just leave the email line blank. Click on ADD.
It then asks if you want to send it to friends. Add their email addresses and click SEND or choose NO THANKS. Watch the falling snow, and right away, the flake you designed appears with an arrow saying YOUR FLAKE.
Advanced Snowflaking on SNOW DAYS
Advanced snowflakers use special techniques to create bubble effects, flashing and to cut figural designs into their snowflakes. To learn how to do these, join the Yahoo Group for Snowflakers. Also visit Mr. X's Tips and Tricks webpage where this master snowflaker gives step-by-step instructions for some of his magical flakes.
I was admiring one snowflake master named Goldfinch. What exquisite snowflakes Goldfinch makes!
- SNOWFLAKE Tips and Tricks - X's FLAKING SCHOOL - How to make all sorts of special effects snowflakes on Snowdays. You won't believe the amazing snowflakes he designs on Snowdays.
- SnowDays Snowflake Makers on Yahoo Groups - Welcome to SnowflakeMakers, a place for those addicted to Popular Front's SnowDays site. This group was created so that we can further develop the friendships formed on fragile, elusive snowflakes. Come on in and join us!
Great Music for Winter Listening (and Snowflaking)
Vintage Snowflake Cartoon
Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes
More about Making Snowflakes from Paper - the old-fashioned way
It's fun to make some paper snowflakes to decorate the classroom or your home or office during the holiday season.
Ask at the public library for craft books on making snowflakes with paper. Here's a sample title:
- Easy-to-Make Decorative Paper Snowflakes (Other Paper Crafts)
Want to See My Snowflakes That I Made on Snowdays?
You can go to the Snowdays website and look at all the snowflakes people make and the messages they put on them. Down in the left hand corner you can FIND-A-FLAKE. If you put in Shannon and Belle Plaine, it brings up my sister, Shannon's snowflake from 12-02-03.
You can bring them up by number also. On 12-06-08, I made a tribute snowflake for Shannon. It is number 7217122 if you want to see it. You can even leave a message on it. If you put in Ginger and for the location Florida, it brings up 2500 flakes. I didn't make all of those as there are a few other Gingers in Florida apparently. My specialty was twinkle flakes, so if you click on one of the Ginger flakes and it opens with a little twinkle to it, then that's mine.
I checked and found some of mine that you can see. Twinkle ones: 4576440 and 2462900. I also made figural ones. Here's a Halloween one: 2689996. While there, I made a few new ones for old times sake, but I can see that I'm out of practice.
Snowflakes Made by Virginia Allain (Ginger in Florida)
Go to Popular Front Snowdays, then Click on the FIND-A-FLAKE in the lower left-hand corner. Put in one of the numbers I shared above or my username to find my snowflakes.
Here's the SNOWDAYS Link Again - Have Fun!
- SnowDays - It's Always Snowing Here
The PopularFront site for making digital snowflakes. Fun to send to your friend via email or just let them drift down on the site for viewers all over the world to see.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2009 Virginia Allain
Have You Tried Snowdays Snowflake Making Yet?
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on December 25, 2014:
So much fun...as you know, this is my second visit. But I really think it's fun making these things and does keep you occupied for longer than you intend. But it's just good fun to do, so hard to turn it down. :)
Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on November 20, 2014:
Virginia, just what I need...another online addiction, LOL! This looks like a ton of fun for us creative types. Thanks so much for sharing!
gottaloveit2 on December 15, 2013:
How very cool. I love the idea of tribute snowflakes.
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on December 14, 2013:
Visiting again to tell you how much pure fun this lens and the snowflake site is. It really does get to be an addiction, because time goes by fast when you're having so much fun!!
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on December 14, 2013:
@Teddi14 LM: I was seriously addicted to it at one point.
Teddi14 LM on December 14, 2013:
I love the snowdays site.
cleansweeping on March 25, 2013:
Amazing information! I plan to use this in my classroom.
kerryhrabstock on January 14, 2013:
I'm bookmarking this one for my northern friends.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on December 28, 2012:
@ItayaLightbourne: Yes, I have to set a time limit for myself when I go there or I would make snowflakes for hours.
Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on December 27, 2012:
My goodness but this is fun visiting the Snowdays site! It is addictive as you say. So much fun. :)
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on December 26, 2012:
@grannysage: I only like snow online, and in real life, I prefer a warm climate like Florida.
grannysage on December 26, 2012:
I remember cutting out snowflakes and putting them on the windows. I'm glad you warned me the site is addictive...I may have to stay awhile for awhile. Besides I want to avoid snow this winter, lol.
anonymous on December 23, 2012:
Takes me back to country school day in Minnesota many years ago. We learned to cut snow flakes and you know we already had enough snow to start out with.
parmaggie on May 12, 2012:
I love this lens. I didn't know that there's so many different ideas for snow flakes. Love it, love it, love it.
kathysart on January 25, 2012:
That was MAJOR FUN! I made a lovely snowflake if I do say so myself... but I did not save it. Love this lens.. so creative and interactive. Blessed.
Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 24, 2012:
Intriguing...I never knew about this. This is such an excellent lens. Thank you
caketech on January 13, 2012:
Angel blessed...I love snowflakes. I have to try this site out!
lilymom24 on January 11, 2012:
I have never heard of Snowdays but definitely would love to try it. Thanks for the information. =)
Coreena Jolene on January 09, 2012:
Very fun! I made a snowflake :) Nice fun wintery lens.
Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on January 02, 2012:
I collect snowflake stickers and use them on the envelopes of letters I send. No two are alike, eh?
blue22d on December 31, 2011:
Nice lens and great for Christmas. I love to decorate with snowman and snowflakes.
Deadicated LM on December 28, 2011:
I love snowflakes, I collect them in the form of rubberstamps.
Showpup LM on December 22, 2011:
How fun! Brings back fond childhood memories of making snowflakes.
Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on December 15, 2011:
Beautiful lens. Interesting. Thumbs up.
queen2010 on December 11, 2011:
Nice lens, hoping you can visit one of my lenses soon. I would appreciate it so much. Thanks
TheJVilleKid on December 08, 2011:
OMG.....what an awesome site! Thanks for sharing! My family will have a blast!
pianolessongirl on December 06, 2011:
Snowflakes are the best! I absolutely love it! I also like the idea of doing it on the website, because sometimes those little bits of paper are so hard to get up! :) Thanks for the inspiration!
Lisa Morris on December 04, 2011:
I love all the great ideas. My son and I will have to try this together.
Angela F from Seattle, WA on December 01, 2011:
What a cool site! Can't wait to start creating snowflakes :)
anonymous on November 23, 2011:
So sad :(, I can't get on PF Snowdays today..I will miss all the fantastic flakers and friends I have made there. Lets hope someone brings it back!
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on November 20, 2011:
Oh, I'd better not even get started. This site sounds like a lot of fun!
Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on November 16, 2011:
I suppose I need to think about making snowflakes too since we don't have any here. :( This is a fun lens.....making snowflakes online is kinda like very pretty doodling. :)
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on November 10, 2011:
Congrats on your Purple Star! I haven't tried Snowflakes site but I will look it up. :)
jseven lm on November 09, 2011:
Brrr, I'm just not ready for these cold flakes, but I did have fun as a kid making them. :) Nice lens. :)
yayas on November 08, 2011:
Oh, this looks like so much fun. I can hardly wait to finish my work an' head on over to make my own snowflakes. Thank you for sharing this site.
Winter52 LM on October 30, 2011:
You almost have me looking forward to winter. Never saw that happening. Going back to play for a while. ;)
Heather B on October 30, 2011:
It sounds even more addictive than Squidoo! I'd better stay away! :)
Susan300 on October 29, 2011:
Neat! (I will never get any work done again...)
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on October 29, 2011:
This is so much fun! Blessed.
Joan Haines on October 29, 2011:
You are passing along another great idea. Fun! ...and yes, we have snow today, two days before Halloween!
MargoPArrowsmith on February 23, 2011:
This is so super cool! Out of neighborhood angel blessing for you!
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on January 28, 2011:
Oops...spoke too soon. I have FB liked this lens before. Can't to it again. Ha! Ha!
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on January 28, 2011:
Fun to revisit this lens. Although the Facebook like button wasn't here then. Nice lens. Lenroll this into my Snow Shoveling Humor lens.
anonymous on January 06, 2011:
Really cool lens! I have never heard of this site. Definitely will try it. Blessed by a squidoo angel on 1/6/2011. have a great day!
jackieb99 on January 02, 2011:
Hey, just tried it out. Sweet site!
MobyD on December 29, 2010:
@MobyD: Vallain - this lens is now lensrolled to my Snowflake Photography lens! It didn't work yesterday morning.
MobyD on December 27, 2010:
Very nice lens! I've lensrolled it to my Wilson A. Bentley: The Snowflake Man lens and will lensroll it to Snowflake Photography: Kenneith Libbrecht as soon as that new lens is indexed.
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on December 24, 2010:
What a beautiful lens! And since I left Indiana behind, this is the only way to enjoy snowflakes, as far as I'm concerned. I can understand getting addicted to "snowflaking" in this manner.
Sensitive Fern on December 23, 2010:
Too much fun!
puerdycat lm on December 23, 2010:
Gee, Thanks! I just went and made some snowflakes! Made a couple with "rocking horses"
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on December 23, 2010:
Wow, I have never heard of the site, Snowdays. Very interesting.
darciefrench lm on December 16, 2010:
This is really neat- I am adding it to my 'Happy Gamers" section on Friends of Gamers -:)
Patricia on December 16, 2010:
awakeningwellness on December 15, 2010:
What fun! It's too cold to play with the snow outside so I can just sit here warm and toasty and play in online snow!
irenemaria from Sweden on December 14, 2010:
After brushing so much snow off my car I thought that I never would like snowflakes. But your lens made me!
julieannbrady on December 08, 2010:
OMG, what serious snowflake fun this is! I felt like I was seriously blowing snowflakes out the door of mom's fifth wheel ... oh, hit it! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! HO HO HO and Merry Christmas!
vernessataylor lm on December 07, 2010:
Don't you just love serendipity? Today, for the first time ever, I posted pictures on my Tumblr blog of the snow storm we're experiencing. Then I come across your lens ... about snowflakes! Lots of fun stuff here, great job! Guess I'll head over to the snowmaking site and have a little more fun...
WorldVisionary on December 06, 2010:
We had our first flurries today - looking forward to trying some of these out!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on December 05, 2010:
Cool!!! (Seemed like an appropriate word, LOL) I love snowflakes and yes, I love making snowflakes. I am afraid to go to the site for fear that I would not make it back to Squidoo before New Years! Looks like a lot of fun and I think I really need that Artificial Snow Making Machine. I love snow, but I hate the slippery streets. That machine could allow me to have the beauty of snow, without the danger of ice. Cool!
lasertek lm on November 30, 2010:
Nice! Me & my kids always enjoy making snowflakes out of paper. So I guess I'll just stick to that for now and introduce making snowflakes online when they grow tired of what we have been doing.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 23, 2010:
@anonymous: Thanks for the offer, but you can keep the real snow. Make online snowflakes suits me fine!
anonymous on November 23, 2010:
Oopsy, forgot to say, congratulations on your Purple Star, it goes well with snowflakes!
anonymous on November 23, 2010:
Hey, we just got 7" of fresh snowflakes in Fargo overnight! Thank you fro the possible new addiction warning! Love your Suzy Snowflake video, I think that was sung to me many years ago. NIcely done! Do you want me to ship you a foot or two of the real thing?
BodiEko on November 22, 2010:
Nice, I love the snowflakes!
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on November 21, 2010:
Beautiful lens. Congrats on your purple star.
poutine on September 18, 2010:
This sounds like fun. I don't want to get addicted though.
I have enough on my plate as it is.
Jennifer Sullivan from Chicago, IL on September 08, 2010:
Cute! I'm going to send snowflake messages the first day that snow falls this winter!
Seeking Pearls from Pueblo West on April 29, 2010:
Can't wait to try the snowflake maker. It looks really fun. My twins will love this.
Mona from Iowa on April 10, 2010:
What a cool idea! I'll have to keep it in mind for next winter as the grass is growing and I'm too tired of winter to get into it now. :) But it looks like serious fun. 5*
Indigo Janson from UK on March 02, 2010:
This sounds like a lot of fun. I must try it!
HorseAndPony LM on February 14, 2010:
Just tried it. My daughter will love this. Thanks for sharing.
Tarra99 on February 06, 2010:
Very entertaining! Thank you for sharing...thanks also for popping into my Shepherd's pie lens...your comments were appreciated. :o)
Kathy McGraw from California on January 24, 2010:
It never ceases to amaze me what you can do online now, like making snowflakes...thanks for the introduction to the site.
Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on January 13, 2010:
Snowdays and making snowflakes on line looks like fun.
Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on January 07, 2010:
How neat! I used to love making paper snowflakes when I was a child ... and as an adult too. My mom used to make them with me, and we'd decorate the house with them.
ElizabethJeanAl on December 28, 2009:
As I grew up in Minnesota, I have a love/hate relationship with snowflakes, but the link sounds fun.
Thanks for sharing.
Lensrolled to Snowflake Christmas Ornaments.