Teen Craft: 3D Snowflakes

Supplies: Square craft paper / scissors / glue stick / pencil

Step 1: I used 6″x6″ square craft paper. Take one of the six squares. Fold it diagonally in half to come up with a triangle

Step 2: Fold the resulting triangle in half to come up with a smaller triangle.

Step 3: Make 3 equally spaced vertical slits on one short side of the folded triangle. Stop cutting before reaching the opposite short side. It’s easy to make the slits equally spaced even without  measuring with a ruler by doing the middle slit first.

Step 4: Carefully unfold the paper. The square will have three pairs of concentric slits.

Step 5: Glue the innermost pair of flaps together by the tips. You can use a pencil to bring the pair of flaps together if your square is small. Press the tips for a few seconds to glue the paper in place.

Step 6: Flip the square over so that the paper’s opposite side is facing you.  Glue the second pair of flaps together by the tips. Press for a few seconds to glue in place.

Step 7: Turn the paper over again. Glue the third pair of flaps by the tips.  Turn the paper over for the last time. Glue the outermost pair of flaps by the tips. You have just finished making one of the snowflake’s arms. 

Step 8: Transform each of the five remaining squares into snowflake arms following Steps 1 to 7.

Step 9: Start assembling the snowflake by gluing two snowflake arms together. Glue them at the bottom and at the middle where the two arms touch, as indicated by the arrows in the photo. Press on these two points for a few seconds to glue in place.

Step 10: Continue adding the rest of the snowflake arms one at a time. Just like the first two, glue them at the bottom and at the middle.  After you’ve positioned the last snowflake arm, glue its middle point with that of the first snowflake.

Attach a length of thread or thin string at the top of one snowflake arm. Hang from the ceiling, on window sills, or wherever you need a winter decoration.