Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 7 - Beautiful 3-D Paper Snowflakes!

Everyone who sees these snowflakes are simply amazed! They can't believe we didn't buy them. We had seen them on several other websites and knew we had to try making them. To our surprise, they were super easy to make! This is a great project for older kids to make as well. Younger kiddos will enjoy them as well, but might need a little help putting them together.

You can use any kind of paper - printer paper, wrapping paper, origami paper. They are pretty in all white or pretty patterns and colors.

What you need:

  • paper - enough for six equal size squares

  • scissors

  • tape

  • stapler

  • hole punch

  • ruler

  • string or floss to hang

Decide the size of your snowflake. We liked using an 8 1/2 inch square. Cut out a square to use as a pattern.

Trace and cut out 6 squares.

Diagonally fold your first square into a triangle.

Fold in half again into a smaller triangle.

Use the ruler to mark three lines across the triangle starting from the single fold edge toward the double fold edge. We found the ruler was the perfect spacer for the three lines on an 8 1/2 square.

Cut on the lines, but don't cut all the way to the edge. Cut from the single fold edge toward the double fold edge. DON'T CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH!

When you open the square, it should look like this.

Fold in the corners in on the inner square and tape the corners together with a small piece of tape.

Flip the square over and tape the next inner square's corners together.

Flip over again and tape the next square's corner's together.

Flip over a final time and tape the last set of corners together.

Repeat with the other squares of paper until your have made the six sections of the star. Lay out the sections and make sure that they are all pointing in the same direction. Staple three of the sections together at their inner points.

Then staple the two halves together at the center.

Finally, go around the snowflake and staple together at the sides of each section.

To hang your snowflake, decide which point will be the top. We reinforced the spot where we were going to punch the hole with a square of tape.

Tie a piece of string to the snowflake and hang!

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