Let's not let the magic slip away just because Christmas has passed! I'm definitely not ready to let go of all the fun DIY ideas that crop up around the holidays. And lucky for me, this tutorial for how to make your own beautiful 3D paper snowflakes is just neutral enough to work for your New Year's Party or just to decorate your windows or entry way during the winter! Most importantly, perhaps, just because the holidays are ending doesn't mean you don't need for winter craft ideas for entertaining your children indoors! This activity is perfect for us to do together.
I was actually looking for this tutorial because my toddler brought home one of these love snowflakes from school - and I loved it! I found a great one on WikiHow and it looks way easier than I thought it would. Even better - they point out that you can even use your leftover wrapping paper!
Materials:
- Six pieces of paper, any kind. The size of your paper square can vary from 4" to 10" (10cm - 25cm). The paper should be of a good strength to hold up the snowflake structure.
- Scissors
- Tape (Or Glue)
- Stapler
- Ribbon for hanging (optional)
How To:
- Fold each of the six pieces of paper in half, diagonally. If the paper you are using does not make a perfect triangle, cut off the rectangular edge that sticks out and make it align perfectly. You should end up with a square folded into a triangle. Fold the triangle in half, noting where the folded "bottom" of the triangle is.
- Cut three lines in the triangle. Position the scissors along the bottom fold, and parallel to one of the edges going up to the top (your cuts should be somewhat diagonal). Cut almost all the way up to one of the side edges, but not quite. Keep about the same distance between each cut. (This might not be suitable for thicker paper, since the number of layers makes it difficult to cut through.)
- Unfold the triangle again. Turn it so that one of the points of the square faces you. It should look like the picture.
- Keeping your paper diamond side-up, roll the first two innermost paper lines together to form a tube. Tape these two pieces together. You should see triangle shapes on each side of the roll.
- Turn the diamond over to the other side. Take the next two paper lines and pull them together on the opposite side of the tube and tape together as before. This will be a more rounded shape and wider than the first tube.
- Keep turning the paper and joining the paper lines together on opposite side in the same fashion until all paper lines have been joined.
- Repeat Steps 3 - 7 with the remaining 5 pieces of paper.
- Join 3 of the completed rolled pieces together at one end and staple together using the other hand. Do the other 3 pieces the same way. Now you will have 2 pieces consisting of 3 strands or "arms" each. (For smaller snowflakes, it may be easier to use double-sided tape or white glue in place of staples.)
- Staple the two new pieces together in the middle.
- Staple where each of the six arms meet. This ensures that the snowflake shape is pulled into place. See picture at top for the finished snowflake.
- Attach a ribbon if you'd like to hang it somewhere.
The linked full tutorial has some additional ideas for "jazzing" up your snowflakes even more! Might make them more blingy for New Year's!