I love doing arts and crafts with my boys. It is a creative outlet for me and a great way to have fun with our kids. Arts and crafts can be a great cure for cabin fever – especially during the colder, wetter and darker months when outside time is limited. There are many child development benefits to doing arts and crafts as well, including encouragement of listening and motor skills and providing a sense of accomplishment, which can boost our children’s confidence and self-esteem!
I have always admired these fabulous 3D paper snowflakes I’ve seen in businesses’ amazing window displays and from ceilings. They are beautiful year-round! But, I always thought that making these snowflakes was well beyond my skill level. I had no idea how easy 3D snowflakes are to make! All you need is 6 square pieces of paper, tape, scissors, and a stapler! And your kids can help! You can use any type of paper you have around the house. I chose to use decorative wrapping paper to give it a little bling!
Step 1 – Folding: Start with one of your squares. Orient your square paper with a point toward you. Fold the bottom point up to the top point, making a triangle. Then, fold the left point to the right point, making a smaller triangle. You will now have a right-angled triangle with the right-angle at the bottom left.
Step 2 – Cutting: Hold on folks here comes a blast from your high school geometry past! This is the hardest part of this project. Keeping your triangle in the same position, you are now going to cut 3 diagonal slits parallel to the hypotenuse side, from the bottom edge (‘adjacent side’) to the left edge (‘opposite side’).
Step 3 – Opening and taping: Now open your triangle back into a square. Starting from the inside cut bend the two points toward each other and tape. Now turn your square over and repeat with the next two cuts. Turn over again and repeat the folding and taping with the third cut points. And finish with the outermost set of cut points. Congratulations, you now have the first of your 6 snowflake arms.
Step 4 – Repeat steps 1-3 with your other 5 squares.
Step 5 – Stapling: Now that you have all six arms of your snowflake it is time to connect them together. First staple the points of two of your snowflake arms. Also staple them at the middle, where their outermost taped pieces that form a cross are touching. Repeat this process with the remaining 4 arms until the snowflake is fully assembled. Voila! You now have your own beautiful 3D snowflake!
Step 6 – Hanging: I have hung them different ways depending on the location. I have threaded a needle with clear thread through one of the points and just tied a knot of varying lengths depending on the hanging location. I’ve also just stuck a Christmas ornament hook through one of the points.
For great visuals for each step, I recommend http://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Paper-Snowflake-In-Four-Easy-Steps/. Enjoy – we’d love to see the pictures of your 3D snowflakes!