Sunday, December 2, 2012

DIY: 3-D Paper Snowflakes



The stomach flu is a cruel anatomical joke. It also isn't very inspiring...

So it's a good thing I had this idea BEFORE I came down with it. Paper snowflakes are a great craft for the recovering invalid. ;)

Also, they're super cheap.





What You Need:
- 6 squares of paper
- Tape
- Stapler
- Scissors
- Ribbon
- (pretty basic stuff, see.)

Do It!

You can start by squaring off regular old pieces of 8x10 printer paper if you want. . .However, the finished snowflake is almost 2 feet across, so feel free to cut your squares a little smaller.

(If you go big, though, it can make a dramatic star suspended above your Christmas Tree!)


Fold one of your squares in half on the diagonal to make a triangle. Fold it in half again to make a smaller triangle. One of the edges will have a single fold, the next edge will have 2 folds, and the third will be loose.

Starting from the 2-fold side, make 3 equidistant snips towards the single fold side. Cut almost to the single fold, but not quite. These snips should be parallel to the loose side.


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When you open it up, it should look like this. with 3 diamond-shaped snips radiating from the center.
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Next, curl the innermost diamond into a ring and secure with tape. Like so.

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Flip it over and join the second diamond.


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Repeat with the last two diamonds so you end up with something that looks like this from the side. Really, you could stop right now and just put it on your tree if you wanted; it's pretty enough.
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Make three more and then staple them together at one of the tips. You can also tape or staple them together where their edges touch to help them achieve the right shape. Here's half your snowflake. Now make the other half exactly the same way.

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Staple the two halves together in the center. Voila! Now you can poke a hole in one of the points and put a ribbon through it.

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I put three at varying lengths in front of a window. You could put miniature ones on a tree. . . Use as bows on wrapped gifts . . . They always get a good reaction, and nobody ever believes how easy they are to make!
















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