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3-D paper snowflakes {101 Days of Christmas}

I love these 3-D paper snowflakes, and while they’re a bit labor-intensive, this is the perfect craft to keep older kids busy for a few hours. And they’re so pretty! In fact, my husband liked the first one I made so much that he asked if I could show the girls how to make them so we could have a bunch to hang in the windows.

The fun part about these is that you can easily make them in a bunch of different sizes, depending on the size of the square you start with.

Make giant ones by using a full piece of paper for each of the six points, or use a tiny square to make little snowflakes!

3-D Paper Snowflakes

The pictures may be more helpful than the written directions alone, but here’s a little more detail on how these 3-D paper snowflakes are done:


  • paper cut into squares (you’ll need 6 squares of the same size for each snowflake)
  • scissors
  • glue sticks


Start with a paper square, folding it in half diagonally.

Rotate 90 degrees and fold in half along the opposite diagonal.

Cut slits horizontally across the triangle, through all four layers, stopping 1/4″ from the fold.

Open the square. Overlap the two centerpieces, gluing them together to form a small tube.

Flip the square over and repeat the process with the next two pieces.

Continue alternating sides until all of the pieces have been attached.

Repeat until you have three identical shapes.

Attach three of these shapes together at one end (make sure they’re all facing the same direction).

Repeat with the other three.

Overlap the ends of these two pieces and attach them in the middle.

Punch a hole in one tip for a ribbon to hang the snowflake in a window or on the tree.

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