Recycled Crafts: How to Make a 3D Paper Snowflake

November 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

Hello there!

Part of our holiday display in the store features these 3D paper snowflakes made out of old maps and pages from old books. We get so many compliments and questions about how to make them that we had to have a tutorial on them sooner or later!

Supplies needed:

6 pieces of same sized paper (we used paper cut into 6″ x 6″ squares)

Scissors

Hot glue or other adhesive

Step 1:

Take one piece of paper and fold it in half diagonally to form a triangle. Then, fold it in half a second time to form a smaller triangle.

 

Step 2:

Now take the scissors and cut three diagonal lines, making sure not to cut all the way to the far edge. Make sure the cuts are equal distance apart.

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Step 3:

Unfold the triangle. Your square should now have three smaller squares cut into it. Take the center square and using the hot glue gun, glue the two points together to create a tube as shown in the photo.

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Step 4:

Now turn over the piece of paper and take the second smallest square, gluing its two points together to form a tube.

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Step 5:

Turn over the piece of paper again and glue together the ends of the third square to form a larger tube. Turn over the piece again and glue together the points of the final square. Do steps 1-5 to the other 5 pieces of paper.

 

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Step 6:

Now take three of the finished pieces and glue them together at their tips. This will be the bottom of the snowflake. Take the other three pieces and glue them together to make the top of the snowflake. Then, take the top and bottom sets of three and glue together to make the final snowflake shape.

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Step 7:

To finish the snowflake off, glue together the midsections of each of the six parts, in order to stabilize it and flesh out the final product. You can either leave it like that or punch a hole in the tip of one point, attach a string to it and hang it on display.

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Thanks for reading and we hope you found this post inspiring!

See you next Friday!

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