How to Make a 3D Paper Snowflake by Carissa L. and Margaret W., 811

How To Make A Paper Snowflake:


  • Six sheets of 8.5”x11” computer paper
  • A roll of tape
  • A stapler
  • A pair of scissors
  • A roll of double sided tape
  • Two hands


  1. Gather your materials.
  2. Use the scissors to cut one of the six sheets of computer paper into an 8.5” square.
  3. Fold the square diagonally twice, including the square one, forming a right triangle and then an isosceles triangle.
  4. Cut four equally spaced cuts from the fold(parallel to the vertex and base of the triangle, starting closest to the base), leaving about an inch from the edge of the paper. The cuts will get smaller once you reach the vertex.
  5. Unfold the square. The square should appear with ten semi cut out triangles.
  6. Tape two parallel triangles cuts together by the vertex. Alternate taping the parallel triangle cuts so that every other conjoined triangle is on the opposite side of the paper as the last one.
  7. Repeat steps two through six for every piece of paper until you have six partial snowflakes.
  8. Take two of the six snowflakes and hold them together at the ends.
  9. Using the stapler, staple the ends together about half an inch in from the end. Use only one staple for this.
  10. Using the double-sided tape, tape the middle of the two snowflakes together. If you don’t have double sided tape, just tape the middle together using regular tape. For strength, you can also use regular tape outside the double-sided tape.
  11. Repeat the steps with the other snowflakes until there is one left. However, tape the middles together before you staple them. This just makes stapling them easier.
  12. With the last snowflake, turn it 180 degrees so the vertex is opposite that of all the other snowflakes.
  13. Carefully staple the last snowflake by sticking the stapler into the gap. This could be easier with a mini stapler.
  14. Tape the middle of the snowflake together using the double-sided tape and the regular tape.

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