How to make DIY over-sized snowflake decorations for the Holidays
After a much needed break over Thanksgiving, I'm back and ready to share oodles and oodles of Holiday decorating ideas. We spent Thanksgiving with family in Idaho, and my super awesome sister-in-law showed me how to make these ginormous paper snowflakes in just a few easy steps. I could barely contain my excitement over the when I learned how to make these, and I couldn't wait to get back home and share this with all of you! I have a small apartment so I only made 3 snowflakes, but if you have a house these snowflakes would make for amazing porch decorations! Talk about Holiday curb envy!
So the first thing I did after getting back was hit my local Michael's for supplies (they had a sale, so I was in heaven, and each paper was only 25 cents)! You will need six 12 x 12 sheets of paper to make one snowflake so stock up! I would also suggest looking for paper that is double sided or has a nice contrasting color. I found that a lot of scrapbook paper is not dual-sided, an that will just not do for this craft (unless you like to mix patterns and solids, in which case go for it). Personally, I need a little Holiday glitz in my life, so I went with sparkly paper. The backsides of the paper are the same color but in matte, so it all looks on point!
What you will need:
- 6 - 12 x 12 sheets of paper for 1 snowflake
- 1 - stapler
- 1 - bone paper folder (optional)
First, fold the paper over into a triangle (pretty side facing out)
Next, fold the triangle over again into a smaller triangle. I used a bone folder to get a nice even crease, but it's not mandatory.
Below are the measurements, however, after I got a good idea of these measurements I ended up eyeballing where to cut, and it turned out just fine. You will need to make 4 diagonal cuts, 1 inch apart starting from the bottom on the right-hand side. The only thing that is absolutely IMPERATIVE is that you must cut upward from the side that is folded over. Imagine, if this were a book, then you would be making your cuts on the side of the binding not the pages. Also, make sure to cut up to 1/2 inch from the edge on the left.
Open up your triangle, and staple together the two sides in the center. Now, TURN OVER the entire piece of paper and staple the next two sides on that side. Continue alternating sides until you are done.
Here is the final piece! You could just string up one piece of the snowflake and be totally done (look how lovely it looks on it's own). But we're on a mission here people! So prepare five more pieces!
Once you have 6 pieces complete you will need to connect and staple them all together. I would suggest connecting the sides that have 3 strips with the sides that have 2 strips. I also found that it's best to connect three pieces together, then connect those to another set of three. But do whatever works for you - don't stress over it, it's just a paper snowflake :)
So that the snowflake keeps it's shape, you will also need to staple the center all together.
String them up or hang them on nails, as I did.
Please excuse the bare nakedness of my living room. I just cleared out all the fall foliage and pumpkins, and I'm barely getting started with Christmas decorating!
If you make these, I hope you'll share your creations with me! I'd love to see them! Or if you have any questions about how I made them please leave me a comment!
Made with love,