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How to Make an Easy 3D Paper Snowflake

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How to make a 3D snowflake

How to make a 3D snowflake

How to Make a Paper Snowflake

Every year, my daughter and I make a different Christmas decoration together. When the holidays come around, we take the decorations we've created over the years and decorate our house with them. We've made ornaments, a snowman model, an angel tree topper, and a Santa model that keeps the snowman company. It's a tradition I love because we can spend quality time together and kick off the festive season!

Last year, we made this three-dimensional snowflake which really stood out on the patio doors. People could see it from the road close to our house, and I have to say that it looked good! I asked my daughter what she wanted to do this year, and she wasn't sure. She surprised me by bringing out a snowflake she had made herself because she remembered how to make it. I thought it would be great to show you how to make this lovely Christmas decoration.

What You'll Need

  • 6 A4 (or 8.5"x11") paper/cardstock sheets
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Glue

1. Make a Square

Take a sheet of paper and fold one of the corners to the other side and align the edges. Cut off the excess paper so you are left with just the triangle shape.


2. Cut the Lines

Cut a line from the folded edge of the paper, parallel up to the tip of the triangle. Make sure you stop around 5cm from the other corner. Repeat this on the other side.

  • Notice that by leaving a 5cm gap, the two strips you cut will not meet and the snowflake will stay together.

Repeat this step another 3-6 times. Don't forget to leave a gap between the two strips where you cut so you don't cut off a segment!


3. Open It Up

Once you finish cutting all the strips, open up the sheet of paper to reveal the original square shape.


4. Glue It Together

Take the middle points and fold them back so that they touch. Glue them in place. Working outward, turn the square over and glue the next two points together.


5. Finish the Ends

Turn the paper back to the original side and repeat the last step for the next two points. Continue doing this until all of the points are glued together. The alternating from one side of the snowflake to the other creates the 3D shape.

My daughter's alternative way of doing this involves the following steps:

  • Fold every other point together on one side, sticking them down as you go.
  • Then, turn the snowflake over to fold and stick the remaining points together.
  • Her method is faster to do, but I suggest following the original instructions with younger children to avoid confusing them.

6. Secure the Sections

Repeat the first five steps to create six snowflake segments in total. Position them into a circle (like the spokes of a bike) and staple one piece of paper to the next to secure them in place. After this, staple the center of the snowflake to hold everything in the right shape.

Fun Ways to Jazz Up Your Snowflake

  • Pick out two of your favourite colours and alternate the snowflake sections to create an unusual design.
  • Make each section a different colour and make a fun snowflake!
  • Glue some glitter onto the paper before you start the project to make it sparkle. You could also glue the glitter on after finishing the project, but it will be more challenging to do.
  • Use multi-colour paper purchased from a hobby store to make something special.
  • Create an impressive 3D effect by stapling more sections to your design. You could have it come out from the middle all the way around and do the same thing on the back, or make a ball shape instead of a circle!

© 2013 help for teachers


Lindsey on December 08, 2019:

This really help me decorate my house thank

AY MAN on November 27, 2018:

Cool snowflake!!!!!!!!

Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on December 28, 2015:

I love these stars. Your instructions are so easy to understand. I am putting on favorites to try for next Christmas.

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on December 15, 2013:

Your instructions were careful and thorough. It worked! I couldn't believe it because I'm the original clutz. The great thing about it also was that I didn't have to buy anything special to make this. It's now hanging on my door, and looks great. Thank you so much.