# Making a 3D Snowflake

This was SO much fun, that I had to share. I have see these all over pinterest and other places on the web, but I decided to make our own step-by-step instructions to show everyone how my family made them. We made a variety of sizes and colors! It was SO much fun!

**Step 1:** Gather your supplies

You will need 6 sheets of paper(we chose to use scrapbook paper, but you could use regular paper, cardstock… the possibilities are endless!), scissors, tape and a stapler(a smaller one work better for small snowflakess, but a regular sized one works great too. I also had a paper cutter, because I am going to make some that are made from 9″ squares. My sheets of paper are 12″ squares, so the smaller ones I want to make needed trimmed.

**Step 2:** Fold each piece of paper in half diagonally. If you are using regular sheets of paper, trim off the excess paper. When you are done folding, and trimming if necessary, you should have a square folded into a triangle.

**Step 3:** You can do it one of two ways. The second way is the more accurate way. I did it the first way, and it works perfectly, though is not as accurate. I had misunderstood this step when I first did it. This will also be a better choice if you are using a heavier type of paper, as cutting through 4 layers of it may be to much.

**Method #1** Cut three lines in the triangle. First on one edge, then repeat on the other edge. Unfold triangle, and turn so that the point of the square is towards you.

**Method #2** Before cutting, fold triangle AGAIN, in half. Now, cut three lines in the triangle, almost to the middle, but not quite. Unfold triangle. Unfold again and turn so that the point of the square is towards you.

**Step 4:** Roll the smallest, middle diamond together to make a tube. Secure with tape. You should have three remaining points on either side of the tube.

**Step 5:** Flip the diamond over to the other side and repeat the above step, using the next 2 points in the diamond.

**Step 6:** Keep flipping over and joining points, until remaining points have been secured.

**Step 7:** Repeat steps 2-6, using the remaining 5 pages of your paper.

**Step 8:** Pick 3 of your completed roll pieces. Line the top points together in one hand, and secure with a staple using your other hand. Then join the remaining 3 pieces together in the same fashion. **NOTE: I found the lining my rolls up with them all pointing the same direction(e.g. largest loop on each roll going in the same direction.. see picture)

**Step 9:** Line up the center points of each newly joined section, and staple the points together.

**Step 10:** Time to get the shape to stay! Secure each arm to the arm next to it, by stapling the middle of each outer arm together. As you rotate and staple, you will see the snowflake take shape.

Ta da! You are done! Well… unless you are ready to hang it! If you are, here is how I hung mine. I ended up reinforcing it because of the weight of the snowflake. If it’s smaller, then you won’t need to do reinforce it.

You will need:

Packing tape

Hole punch

Cut of a piece of tape that can be doubled over the top of the snowflake. Stick it to one side of the top point of the snowflake, the point you want to hang it by. Fold the tape over the tip and press together.

Trim edges of tape to the tip of the snowflake

I ended up repeating the above step to make sure it was sturdy enough.

Punch a hole in the center of the tip.

And you are now ready to hang it…

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