3D Paper Snowflake

Fold and cut paper into amazing three-dimensional snowflakes. Our instructions include crafting these snowflakes with and without using printable templates.
3D Paper Snowflake craft

Materials

  • White, blue, or silver paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Thread or thin string

Steps

Making a 3D Snowflake Without a Template

Step 1a 3D Paper Snowflake craft 1.

Make 6 identical squares.

Prepare 6 squares of equal size using blue, white, or silver paper. You can also use patterned paper like origami paper in blue, white, or silver tones. Follow this size guide for deciding how big you want your snowflake to be:
  • 3" squares = 7.5" snowflake
  • 3.5" squares = 9" snowflake
  • 4.25" squares = 11" snowflake
I used 6" square origami paper cut into quarters to come up with my 3" squares.
Step 1b 3D Paper Snowflake craft If you are not starting out with a square piece of paper, you can easily cut any rectangular paper such as A4 or Letter size copy paper into a square. Fold one top corner of the paper down to meet the opposite edge, forming a triangle. Cut the excess paper below the triangle.
Step 1c 3D Paper Snowflake craft Unfold the triangle to reveal a square.
Step 1d 3D Paper Snowflake craft Cut the square into four. The resulting small squares will be 4.25" for Letter size paper or 4.12" fo A4 size paper. Since you need six squares to make a snowflake, repeat the steps above to make two additional squares.
Step 2a 3D Paper Snowflake craft 2.

Fold the first square.

Take one of the six squares.
Step 2b 3D Paper Snowflake craft Fold the square diagonally in half.
Step 2c 3D Paper Snowflake craft Fold the resulting triangle in half to come up with a smaller triangle.
Step 3a 3D Paper Snowflake craft 3.

Make slits on the triangle's short side.

Make three equally spaced vertical slits on one short side of the folded triangle. It's easy to make the slits equally spaced even without measuring with a ruler by doing the middle slit first. Mark the midpoint of a short side. Cut a vertical slit, keeping it parallel to the triangle's long side. Stop cutting before reaching the opposite short side.
Step 3b 3D Paper Snowflake craft Mark the midpoint between the middle slit and the triangle's long side. Make a vertical slit, stopping before reaching the opposite short side.
Step 3c 3D Paper Snowflake craft Lastly, mark the midpoint between the middle slit and the triangle's apex. Again, make a vertical slit, stopping before reaching the opposite short side.
Step 4 3D Paper Snowflake craft 4.

Unfold the paper.

Carefully unfold the paper. The square will have three pairs of concentric slits.
Step 5 3D Paper Snowflake craft 5.

Fold and cut the rest of the squares.

Fold and cut the five other squares following Steps 2 to 4 above. Once you get the hang of it, you can save time and effort by folding and cutting the squares by pairs or 3's. Simply align the squares along the edges before doing the folds in Step 2.
Step 6a 3D Paper Snowflake craft 6.

Transform a square into a snowflake arm.

Take one of the squares. Turn it so that it forms a diamond shape.
Step 6b 3D Paper Snowflake craft Glue the innermost pair of flaps together by the tips. You may need to 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 6c 3D Paper Snowflake craft Turn the paper over.
Step 6d 3D Paper Snowflake craft Glue the second pair of flaps together by the tips. Press for a few seconds to glue in place.
Step 6e 3D Paper Snowflake craft Turn the paper over again. Glue the third pair of flaps by the tips.
Step 6f 3D Paper Snowflake craft Turn the paper over for the last time. Glue the outermost pair of flaps by the tips.
Step 7 3D Paper Snowflake craft 7.

Create the rest of the snowflake arms.

Transform the five other squares into snowflake arms following Step 6.
Step 8a 3D Paper Snowflake craft 8.

Assemble the snowflake.

Glue two snowflake arms at the bottom and at the middle where the two arms touch, as indicated with arrows in the photo. Press on these two points for a few seconds to glue in place.
Step 8b 3D Paper Snowflake craft Continue addinng the rest of the snowflake arms one at a time. Just like the first two, glue them at the bottom and at the middle.
Step 8c 3D Paper Snowflake craft After you've positioned the last snowflake arm, glue its middle point with that of the first snowflake.
Step 9a 3D Paper Snowflake craft 9.

Attach a string.

Attach a length of thread or thin string at the top of one snowflake arm. Hang from the ceiling, on window sills, or on a Christmas tree.
Step 9b 3D Paper Snowflake craft   You can also string multiple snowflakes and hang them as a lovely mobile or garland.

Making a 3D Snowflake Using a Template

Step 1 3D Paper Snowflake craft 1.

Print out the template.

Choose from any of these 3D Snowflake templates. Print out the file on A4 or Letter size white or blue paper.
Step 2a 3D Paper Snowflake craft 2.

Cut out the template.

Cut out the rectangle.
Step 2b 3D Paper Snowflake craft Then cut out the six squares.
Step 3a 3D Paper Snowflake craft 3.

Fold the first square.

Take one of the six squares.
Step 3b 3D Paper Snowflake craft Fold the square in half along the diagonal line.
Step 3c 3D Paper Snowflake craft Fold the triangle in half along the solid line to come up with a smaller triangle.
Step 4 3D Paper Snowflake craft 4.

Cut three slits.

While keeping the paper folded, cut slits following the three dotted lines.
Step 5 3D Paper Snowflake craft 5.

Unfold the paper.

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

Fold and cut the five other squares following Steps 3 to 5.
Step 6a 3D Paper Snowflake craft 6.

Transform the squares into snowflake arms.

Transform each of the six squares into a snowflake arm by following Step 6 of the section above on making a 3D snowflake without a template.
Step 7 3D Paper Snowflake craft 7.

Assemble the snowflake.

Glue the six snowflake arms together following Step 8 of the section above on making a 3D snowflake without a template.
Step 8 3D Paper Snowflake craft 8.

Attach a string.

Attach a length of thread or thin string at the top of your snowflake. Hang them individually or string them together to make a snowflake mobile or garland.

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