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DIY 6-Pointed 3D Snowflake

December 7, 2016

Check out these directions for a new take on a paper snowflake. These snowflakes take only minutes to make and can easily be made in different colors and sizes.
Supplies

What You'll Need

  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • 6 Sheets of Paper




Instructions

Step 1: Square Paper Step 1: Cut

Fold one corner of the paper in and cut the excess to make a square. With the square still folded, fold the paper again lengthwise to make a smaller triangle. Make three cuts parallel to the hypotenuse of your triangle. Each cut should be about 1 inch apart from the next, and each cut should end about ˝ and inch from the other side of the triangle.

Step 1: Cut Strips
Step 2: Unfold Square Step 2: Fold and Tape

Unfold your paper so that it is once again a square. Position the paper in front of you so that the corners of the cuts face left and right. Mark the bottom of the paper with a dot or a B. Pick up the two cuts labeled 1. Roll them towards each other and tape together. Repeat for the folds labeled 3. Turn the project over repeat with folds 2 and 4.

Step 2: Roll Corners
Step 3: Snowflake Arm Step 3: Repeat

Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all six pieces of paper. Make sure to roll the corners in the same direction for every piece of paper. You now have all 6 arms of your snowflake. They should each look like the picture to the right.

Step 4: Staple Base Step 4: Hold and Staple

Hold all the snowflakes by their bottom corner such that all the B’s face the same direction. Staple all 6 pages together near the B.




Step 5: Staple to Stabilize Step 5: Staple to Stabilize

This is where it gets a little tricky. Lay out your snowflake and arrange the arms as you would like. You will want to staple each arm to its neighbor, however, a staple in the center of each roll may not work. Find the spot where each arm aligns with its neighbor, even if it’s just a small overlap, place the staple in that location in order to keep your snowflake flat.


Step 6: Hole Punch and Hang

Lastly, punch a hole in the top of the snowflake. Use a piece of yarn or string to hang.

Make this decoration extra special by adding some color. Alternate arms of different color pieces of paper. You can even make your own design! Once you have a square piece of paper, draw your favorite design on one side - polka dots, candy cane stripes, rainbows ... whatever you like! Then follow the rest of the directions for a colorful snowflake. Alternatively, try using some wrapping paper. Often wrapping paper is colorful on one side and white on the other. This creates a two-tone effect for each arm of the snowflake!


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