Monday, January 11, 2010

3D Snowflakes

I learned how to make 3D Snowflakes at work awhile back and have made them every year since. They are so fun/easy to make and are pretty cool to look at. You could go so many ways with this project (size, color, texture, etc....)  Here are the basics....
First gather these materials

Then take 6 pieces of paper (the size of the paper determining the size of your snowflake) Fold each of the 6 pieces of paper in half diagonally and if it doesn't make a perfect triangle, cut off the edge that sticks out (rectangular edge) and make it straight.
Next cut three lines on each side of the triangle from the folded edge, making sure not to cut through the other side. The cut lines should be parallel on each side, leaving just a small space between them. You could always fold the triangle in half to make it easier and a little bit more even if the type of paper your using allows it.

Next unfold your triangle to make a diamond and roll the first two innermost paper lines together to form a tube. Tape the pieces together. You should see triangle shapes on each side of the roll.

Flip your diamond over. Take the next two paper lines and pull them together on the opposite side of the tube and tape together as before.

Keep doing this, alternating sides each time until all paper lines have been joined.

Repeat until you have 6 of these. Staple them together in threes

Then staple your two pieces together in the center
along with the 6 edges where each piece meets
And Voila!!

Such a fun project to do with the kiddos
Happy Winter

1 comment:

  1. Gorg. I posted a link a bit ago to a blog I found for a fabric artist who makes these out of felt. Love em!