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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

3D paper snowflakes tutorial

I've been seeing those gorgeous 3D paper snowflakes everywhere lately. I'm crafty, I wanted to try! I found this tutorial and while my first one looks a little rough they're really fun and easy to make. Now that I know how I'm going to get all of the pieces prepped so the little dude and I can make some this weekend! I can't wait!!! Now I just need to run grab some glittery scrapbook paper! Yep, I said it.....GLITTER!!!!!! I can't wait!!!

Three dimensional paper snowflakes look beautiful hanging in a window or on a wall. Fun for kids or adults, they are easy to make. Some like them for Christmas, but you may like them any time!


  1. Make a 3D Paper Snowflake Step 1 Version 5.jpg
    Gather materials. You'll need 6 pieces of paper (white copy paper will do, although you can use more elaborate types), scissors, clear tape and a stapler.
  2. Make a 3D Paper Snowflake Step 2 Version 5.jpg
    Fold each of the 6 pieces of paper in half, diagonally. If the paper you are using does not make a perfect triangle, cut off the rectangular edge that sticks out and make it align perfectly. You should end up with a square folded into a triangle. Fold the triangle in half, noting where the folded "bottom" of the triangle is.
  3. Make a 3D Paper Snowflake Step 3 Version 5.jpg
    Cut 3 lines in the triangle. Position the scissors along the bottom fold, and parallel to one of the edges going up to the top (your cuts should be somewhat diagonal). Cut almost all the way up to one of the side edges, but not quite. Keep about the same distance between each cut. (This might not be suitable for thicker paper, since the number of layers makes it difficult to cut through.) When you unfold the triangle into a larger triangle, it should look like the photo at right.
  4. Make a 3D Paper Snowflake Step 4 Version 5.jpg
    Unfold the triangle again. Turn it so that one of the points of the square faces you. It should look like the picture.
  5. Make a 3D Paper Snowflake Step 5 Version 5.jpg
    Keeping your paper diamond side-up, roll the first two innermost paper lines together to form a tube. Tape these two pieces together. You should see triangle shapes on each side of the roll.
  6. Make a 3D Paper Snowflake Step 6 Version 5.jpg
    Turn the diamond over to the other side. Take the next two paper lines and pull them together on the opposite side of the tube and tape together as before. This will be a more rounded shape and wider than the first tube.
  7. Make a 3D Paper Snowflake Step 7 Version 5.jpg
    Keep turning the paper and joining the paper lines together on opposite side in the same fashion until all paper lines have been joined.
  8. Make a 3D Paper Snowflake Step 8 Version 5.jpg
    Repeat Steps 3 - 7 with the remaining 5 pieces of paper.
  9. Make a 3D Paper Snowflake Step 9 Version 5.jpg
    Join 3 of the completed rolled pieces together at one end and staple together using the other hand. Do the other 3 pieces the same way. Now you will have 2 pieces consisting of 3 strands or "arms" each. (For smaller snowflakes, it may be easier to use double-sided tape or white glue in place of staples.)
  10. Make a 3D Paper Snowflake Step 10 Version 5.jpg
    Staple the two new pieces together in the middle.
  11. Make a 3D Paper Snowflake Step 11 Version 5.jpg
    Staple where each of the 6 arms meet. This ensures that the snowflake shape is pulled into place. See picture at top for the finished snowflake.
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