How to Make 3-D Paper Snowflakes

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How to Make 3-D Paper Snowflakes
Create 3-D snowflakes to decorate your home for the holidays. (snowflake image by Horticulture from

Creating 3-D snowflakes is a great way to involve children of all ages in decorating for the winter holidays. There are several ways to create a 3-D snowflake, some more complicated than others, with common materials found around your home. These snowflakes, created in a few minutes, can add a wintry theme to your home for the holidays.

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Things you need

  • Square sheet of paper
  • String or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tape

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  1. 1

    Fold one sheet of paper from top to bottom, in an accordion. To do this, begin by folding 1/2 inch down the front side of the paper. Flip the paper on the opposite side, with the fold you just created facing the work surface, and fold a new fold 1/2 inch down. The edge of the paper where you started, is sitting on top of the new fold or crease. Continue folding back and forth in accordion style until you reach the bottom of the paper.

  2. 2

    Press the accordion folded paper together until it is one long half inch strip of pressed together paper. Fold this strip in half from top to bottom. Do not unfold the paper, leave the paper pressed together in a strip.

  3. 3

    Cut notches into both sides of the top fold you just created in step 2. Leave the pressed together strip together, and cut notches in the crease. The notches do not need to be very big and can be shaped like small triangles.

  4. 4

    Tie a string or piece of ribbon around the notches in the centre of the folded strip of paper. Knot the string around the centre to keep the string from moving or slipping. Leave some string hanging, this will be used to hang the snowflake later.

  5. 5

    Cut pieces out of the folded paper above and below the tied crease. Different size triangles work best.

  6. 6

    Tape the string left hanging on the centre of the paper to the paper. Make sure the string is stretched all the way out, with some left hanging over the top of the paper.

  7. 7

    Fan the folded paper. Begin at one end, either top or bottom, and pull the pressed paper apart. Repeat this for the opposite side. Each side will look like a pulled apart fan.

  8. 8

    Tape the edges of both ends of the fanned paper together to make a complete circle. Use the string to tie the snowflake to a tree.

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