Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How to Make a Dimensional Paper Snowflake

I just love these big floppy stars and they look amazing hung around the house.

They are a super fun Christmas craft to do with your kids!
Here is how to make one...

First, you will make the snowflake "branches."
Fold a piece of paper in half to make a triangle.
If you are using a normal sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper, make the triangle and then cut off the excess.

Most any paper will do, and you can make the piece as big or small as you desire.
Really light paper is not quite suitable, unless you want a REALLY floppy star.

Next, fold it in half again to make a smaller triangle.

Now, take the triangle and hold it at the 90 degree corner, so that its "mouth" opens toward the bottom edge.  Like this...

You will now make 3-4 cuts, stopping about 1/4 inch from the top.

Fold the piece out flat.

Bring the center edges into make a loop and secure with a small piece of cellophane tape.

Flip the paper over to the opposite side.

Take the next two pieces in the snowflake, make a loop, and secure with cellophane tape.
We are going to repeat this process!

Flip the paper over and make a loop with the next two pieces.

Flip over and do the same with the last edges.

You will want to make at least 6-7 of these snowflake branches.
When you are finished, lay them out to see how it will look.
Do you want a fuller snowflake?
Add more.
A skinny snowflake?
Add less :).

Take all of the ends of the snowflakes and put them together neatly, so all corners meet.

Staple together.

Fluff out your snowflake and spread on the table.
Next you will want to secure the branches together....otherwise they will go every which way.
Using cellophane tape, just adhere them together at the fullest center point.
Can you see where I taped? 
Almost right at the center {on the side} of the snowflake branch.
Repeat all around your snowflake.

Hang up somewhere to enjoy!



Ngo Family Farm said...

Beautiful! I have fond memories of making snowflakes with my grandmother when I was a young girl - we used whatever paper we could find - even napkins! I still have a folder with many of them :) Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas!

Simply At Home said...

How cute.. thanks for sharing.

Carol Blanchet said...

I've seen these before and always wondered how to make them. This will be so fun to make with the kids. Thanks for your detailed directions.

Hope you are having simply delightful Christmas season.

Carol (Pur et Simple)

aimee said...

These are truly beautiful! Thanks for sharing:)
Advent Blessings,

Lisa said...

That is so great! I love the little ones on your tree. I seriously need help in the snowflake design department.

Amy at love made my home said...

I love these stars/snowflakes and yours looks wonderful with your simple decor. Happy Christmas. xx

Gumbo Lily said...

Really pretty! What a neat idea to do even for January when all the Christmas stuff is packed away.

Becky said...

I did minature versions of this one year with cristmas wrapping paper and used them to decorate the tree. It was gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

I love your large snowflake and i made on last night. It now hangs in my kitchen window.

Thank you for sharing!

Clipping Path said...

That's really fantastic! Thanks for sharing your great idea.



Unknown said...

I have seen these when I am out and about, but I had no idea of how to make them. Thank for showing me how. I am going to pin this post.

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