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How To Make Gorgeous 3D Paper Snowflakes In Under 15 Minutes

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

I love paper snowflakes! Okay, I love most paper decor, especially if it features homemade paper. But especially snowflakes! ;-)

I started making paper snowflakes a few years ago, just on a whim. It turned out to be slightly addictive, and I just couldn’t STOP making them! They’re fun to make and there’s a lot of different things you can do with them around the house.

Now, I’m sure you’re familiar with the standard variation of paper snowflake – they’re two-dimensional, come in endless possible designs, and if you’ve got kids or grandkids you probably have more than just a few hanging around your house. And I think that’s absolutely wonderful!

But if you really want to make a statement with your paper snowflakes, then check this out…

How To Make A 3D Paper Snowflake

That’s right, a 3D snowflake! I love these even more than the regular kind, and that is saying something!

I usually make two or three big 3D snowflakes every year to hang somewhere in the living room, and I just love them. They’re fun to make and to look at, in my opinion!

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

You’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • 6 paper squares, between 4″-10″

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

Instructions:

We used standard printer paper for this project, so we started by trimming the excess length off. You can do this quickly and easily by folding one of the corners over until the edges line up.

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

Cut off the excess paper to form a triangle. (If you’re starting with square paper, you’ll still start by folding it in half to form a triangle.)

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

Next, fold the triangle in half again, and hold the long edge of the triangle in your hand.

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

Then use your scissors to cut three parallel lines, starting from the open side and cutting towards the fold.

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

Your cuts should stop 1/2″-1″ away from the folded edge.

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

Unfold the paper and lay it flat. You should see 4 diamond shapes.

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

Grab the two smallest triangles, roll them towards to to form a tube, and tape them together. (Feel free to staple it if you can, but the first tube is usually too narrow for me to maneuver a stapler in there.)

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

Now flip the paper face-down and grab the next-smallest triangles. Roll them towards you and tape or staple them together.

Keep flipping, rolling, and stapling until you’ve created 4 tubes. Repeat this process with your remaining 5 paper squares.

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

Line up 3 of your finished pieces facing the same direction. Staple the top corners together.

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

Staple them again where they touch in the middle. Repeat this process with the other 3 finished pieces.

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

Staple the two sets of 3 pieces together at the top and where they touch in the middle.

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

All done! Now hang in place of prominence for everyone to admire your handiwork. :-)

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

How to Make 3D Paper Snowflakes

Jill Nystul
You're never too old to make paper snowflakes, especially when they look this beautiful! A fun and festive paper craft for celebrating winter.
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cost $2
Yield 1 gorgeous paper snowflake

Equipment

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stapler

Ingredients
  

  • 6 Sheets printer paper

Instructions
 

  • Fold one of the top corners of your paper over until the edges line up. Cut off the excess paper to form a triangle. If you’re starting with square paper, you’ll still start by folding it in half to form a triangle.
    How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes
  • Next, fold the triangle in half again, and hold the long edge of the triangle in your hand.
    How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes
  • Then use your scissors to cut three parallel lines, starting from the open side and cutting towards the fold. Your cuts should stop 1/2″-1″ away from the folded edge.
    How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes
  • Unfold the paper and lay it flat. You should see 4 diamond shapes.
    How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes
  • Grab the two smallest triangles, roll them towards to to form a tube, and tape them together. (Feel free to staple it if you can, but the first tube is usually too narrow for me to maneuver a stapler in there.)
    How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes
  • Now flip the paper over so the first roll is face-down and grab the next-smallest triangles. Roll them towards you and tape or staple them together. Keep flipping, rolling, and stapling until you’ve created 4 tubes. Repeat this process with your remaining 5 paper squares.
    How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes
  • Line up 3 of your finished pieces facing the same direction. Staple the top corners together. Staple them again where they touch in the middle. Repeat this process with the other 3 finished pieces.
    How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes
  • Staple the two sets of 3 pieces together at the top and where they touch in the middle.
    How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes
  • All done! Now hang in place of prominence for everyone to admire your handiwork
    How To Make And Decorate With Paper Snowflakes

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  • I am confused as to the stapling piece of the project. I cannot for the life of me figure out where to put the first staple. HELP! (As If this is the only problem in my life ;-)

  • I missed my shower this am. but I have the most wonderful 3-D snowflakes! Thank You! your instructions and pictures are so clear, I had nothing but fun. Can’t wait to share with my kids.

  • These are so cute! I love the look of a room with paper snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, but am a complete klutz when it comes to making them myself. Thank you for sharing visuals. Now I might actually be able to get that look — especially the 3D one. That’s gorgeous! Pinned. :)

  • I just finished my first 3-D snowflake!!! It’s SO pretty! Thank you, Jillee! This is a great project . . . it just takes a little patience. Just remember, your snowflake will be twice the size of the paper square you use. Mine almost fills my entire window.

  • I’ll be working with our 4yo grand this weekend on snow flakes; she can make basic cuts especially if given a light pencil line to follow. True, not traditional white, but dampening those coffee filters and then ‘splotching’ with watercolor might be good for another effect. Or using glitter glue to add white (whatever) sparkle.

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