How to Make a 3D Paper Snowflake

Learn How to Make a 3D Paper Snowflake and Liven Up Your Home

Whether it's a school project, or you wish to decorate the house or a Christmas tree, making a 3D paper snowflakes is easy. Read the CraftCue article to find the step-by-step explanation.
CraftCue Staff
Last Updated: Mar 5, 2018
Snowflakes are delicate and beautiful, nature's way of illustrating its work. Many families, during winters, decorate their homes and offices with hanging paper snowflakes, and welcome the coming season. Perhaps you love to decorate your home with six points snowflakes that resemble just like the real ones.

Hanging snowflake decorations are a great way to enhance the entire decor. You can choose colorful papers instead of just plain white ones and drizzle glitter on top, and liven up a dull corner of any room.
Making the Snowflake
The instructions mentioned below will help you create a snowflake which has 6 points, and will look like a real snowflake. You can also ask your kids to join you into helping and learning this new art.

Materials Needed
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Staples
  • Scissors
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Step #1
First of all, clear a workstation and place all the materials in front of you. To make the pattern, you can either tape and staple all the parts together. However, you can also use glue to stick them with each other. It may take longer for the glue to dry and hold itself, but the snowflake won't fall apart easily.

Step #2
First thing we do is measure the paper as it will help give you 6 equal squares. So for the measurements, you can use 5 inches, 6 inches, and 8 inches. For the purpose of this article, let's stick to just one measurement and choose 6 inches for all the 6 squares. Now fold all 6 pieces of paper diagonally in half. Don't match up these squares, just trim any of the excess sides.

Step #3
Take the scissors and cut the 3 lines on each side of all the triangles starting from the folded edges. Make sure that you don't cut through the other paper edges, the unfolded ones; otherwise it will only mess up the entire 3D illusion. If any of the unfolded edge does get cut, don't glue or tape it back together. Start over and be careful this time. And as you cut the folded edges, make sure that the lines are parallel to one another with the space between them as well.

Step #4
Now unfold the paper and turn it around so that the diamond-shaped side is facing you while you're working with it. First roll the first 2 paper lines which are inside. Roll them together and form a small tube. Apply little bit of glue here and hold the tube properly so that it sets. Move your fingers only after the tube is set.

Step #5
Now turn the diamond around again to face the other side. Again take 2 more paper lines and roll them on the opposite side of the tube. Apply glue on the new tube again and hold it till it sets properly. Follow the instructions of turning the paper and gluing the paper lines together. All the sides should be glued together.

Step #6
Once the inner paper lines are done, repeat with the same steps 4 and 5 with the outer paper lines as well. Bring the 3 completely rolled pieces together from one end (use one hand's fingertips to do this) and glue it properly with your other hand. Similarly, bring the 3 other pieces to glue them as well. Now you have the two halves of your snowflake's arms.

Step #7
You again need to apply glue to the two new pieces we just got by gluing the first 3 and the second 3 pieces together. Bring the pieces together and glue in the middle. As you can see, you will have an almost shape of your 3D snowflake right about now. Apply glue where all the 6 arms meet together.
And that's how the snowflake is made. Follow the steps, and make as many of these gorgeous-looking decoration for the house.
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