Are you looking for a special snowflake decoration this holiday season? Make easy, impressive 3D paper snowflakes as a fabulous way to spruce up your home for the winter or Christmas holidays.
Look at this gorgeous 3D paper snowflake! It may look fancy, but it is simple and easy to make. Three-dimensional snowflakes are a fun DIY craft for the whole family; especially kids.
Wouldn't these snowflakes look beautiful in your home as garland hanging from a mantle or over a door, as a paper Christmas ornament, hung from the ceiling or in a window? These paper snowflakes can be made in many sizes from a 15" giant snowflake to smaller versions.
3D PAPER SNOWFLAKE TUTORIAL
Many years ago, I remember helping my son's Kindergarten class make one of these 3D paper snowflakes during a school holiday party. The kids colored plain white paper before creating the paper snowflakes.
So, no matter what age, 3D snowflakes are a fun paper project. Younger kids would need more help with this project.
For our version of the 3D paper snowflakes, we used scrapbooking paper from one of those large books of paper found at the craft stores. These scrapbooking sheets are thicker so they work well for the paper snowflakes and hold up better. I've also seen them made from craft foam. A sparkly paper may also work, but we didn't try it ourselves.
You can make different-sized 3D paper snowflakes depending on the size of the paper. The paper snowflakes made from scrapbooking paper are giant snowflakes.
If you are interested in making a fabric version of this 3D snowflake, head over to our Fabric Snowflake Tutorial page.
Learn how to make 3D paper snowflakes by watching this video tutorial or by reading on for photographic step-by-step instructions.
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HOW TO MAKE A Giant 3D PAPER SNOWFLAKE
What you need For this Giant Paper Snowflake:
INSTRUCTIONS for making the 3d PAPER snowflake
Step 1: Cut Squares of Paper
To start the 3D paper snowflake, you will need to cut seven square pieces of paper. For this tutorial, we are using 6" squares so this finished three-dimensional snowflake will measure about 15" wide. But you can make many different sizes as shown below. Follow the size guide below to decide how big you want your snowflake.
Approximate finished sizes from squares:
- 15" wide paper snowflake is made from 6" blocks
- 13" wide paper snowflake is made from 5" blocks.
- 7-1/2" wide paper snowflake is made from 3" blocks.
Step 2: Fold and Cut the 3D paper sections
With each square of paper, fold it in half diagonally from corner to corner to make a triangle.
Then fold it in half again diagonally, corner to corner to make a smaller triangle.
Hold it with the non-folded edges in your non-scissor hand with the two folds towards you. The single-fold should be up.
Cut 3 slits through all layers of the triangle from the edge with the two folds towards the edge with the single fold. Do not cut all the way through.
Stop cutting 1/4" to 1/2" inch from the single folded edge. You will be cutting 3 slits parallel to each other and you need to try to evenly space them.
First Cut.Second cut.Third cut.
The photos below show the finished cuts for the first section of the 3D snowflake.
Repeat the cutting with the six remaining squares of paper.
Step 3: Twist, Glue & Flip 3D Snowflake Sections
Once you have your seven pieces cut, carefully unfold one so it is flat. The paper square will look like this picture.
It's time to twist and flip. If you have a colored and white side of your paper, start with the color side up.
You can use glue dots or a stapler to hold the twists. We found that glue dots didn't hold the snowflake and it kept popping apart. But maybe you'll have more success with glue dots.
Twist the two points of the center cut up and overlap the points to form a tube. Put a glue dot or staple these two pieces together.
Next, flip the paper square over so the paper's opposite side is facing up. Take the next two sections closest to the center overlap the points and glue/staple them together. Look at the photo below for more details.
Flip the paper over and glue/staple the next pair (3rd pair) together.
Flip once more and glue/staple the last two outmost sections. This is a finished section.
Repeat the above process with the remaining six pieces of cut paper squares.
Step 4: Joining Sections of the 3D Paper Snowflake
Start assembling the snowflake by lining all of the sections up side by side in the same direction. If your colored paper is on the right, make sure all are on the right.
Glue/staple the sections together in the middle where the sections touch. The middle is where you just glued/stapled them.
After gluing/stapling it should look like the above photo.
Step 5 - Make a Snowflake Circle
Once you have the long row of paper sections attached and on the table, take the first and the last one and join them together in a circle. Glue/staple them together at the centers.
Step 6: Glue the Inner Section of the 3D Paper Snowflake
The last step is to glue/staple the center points together. Take three points and hold them together and staple. Then take another three points and staple those together.
Finally, staple the two sets of three to the last one.
Now the 3D snowflake is complete.
Step 7 - Punch a Hole to Hang
Lastly, use a hole punch to make a hole in one of the outside points. Attach a length of string, yarn or ribbon to hang the 3D paper snowflake. Hang the paper snowflakes from a mantle, on a tree, from the ceiling or in the window.
Your giant paper snowflake is complete. With how easy it is to make these, you can make a whole collection of them! Scroll down to purchase supplies for this project.
Below are two 3D paper snowflakes made with different papers.
other IDEAS FOR 3D Paper Snowflakes
Each section of the snowflake can become it's own decoration. If you don't join the sections together into a snowflake, you can punch a hole in the top of each section, attach yarn, thread or ribbon and hang them around the house and on the tree as a twirly ornament.
Another project to make with snowflakes is a Patriotic Star Garland. This project is made with fabric but could easily be made with 3D Paper Snowflakes instead. This is an awesome decoration for Memorial Day or July 4th!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have a fun family evening together crafting some giant 3D paper snowflakes.
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