Wednesday, December 8, 2010

3-D Snowflakes

Yesterday after school time, I had plans for us to decorate the schoolroom with some crafts.  We made the ever popular paper chain for the tree... and then we made something pretty nifty I wanted to share.  3D Snowflakes.

First... start with 6 equal size squares
Fold each square into a triangle
Ok, now on the triangle, cut slits... 3 on each side, but NOT touching in the middle, and obviously getting shorter as you get closer to the middle.
Now open up your triangle and lay it in front of you, so it looks like a diamond.
See, it isn't perfect, but it will still turn out really pretty. :)
Take that middle section and pull each side up and tape, it makes a little loop. See what I mean?
Turn it over so this side is down and pull up the next two sides and tape.
They are beginning to look like figure 8's. 
Flip it again and tape the next and again for the last. 
You will have something that looks like this...
Side view
Make each of your triangles the same way, until all six are finished.
Hold the tip of 3 of your pieces in your hand and then staple together
Do the same for the other 3
Take both sides of three, bring together in the middle and staple again.
You can also tape/staple each of the touching edges to give a little extra stability.  We did that.  Then I took a piece of yarn and hung them from our ceiling.  We made them out of printer paper which we have an abundance of, but you could make them a bit nicer if you had card stock or some heavy weight paper.  A variety of sizes makes a nice little display, like the one in our schoolroom. :)
Have fun!

6 comments :

  1. so pretty! we're going to do this!

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  2. They're SO pretty. It must get you into the Christmas spirit.
    I love Christmastime!
    K

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  3. This is so pretty and easy to do! We'll be hanging some in our school room this week. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  4. My daughter just saw these and asked if we could "make snow"! :) We live in the desert - and the current temperature is 74 degrees. I think these will be the only way we'll get a white Christmas this year! :) Thanks for posting the how to!! :)

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  5. These are my favorite winter craft!! We love them!

    Last year, I took some 12x12 scrapbooking paper and made a couple giant ones! So fun!

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  6. What neat snowflakes. Way better than the ones we used to do in school. :)

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