Thursday, January 22, 2009
What a great way to use all of those worksheets that come home from school with your children... make your house a winter wonderland! Follow these simple instructions to make your own 3D paper snowflake.
What you need:
6 pieces of paper
What you do:
1. Fold each of the 6 pieces of paper in half, diagonally. If the paper you're using doesn't make a perfect triangle, cut off the edge that sticks out (rectangular edge) and make it align perfectly.
2. Cut 3 lines each side of the triangle from the folded edge, making sure not to cut through the unfolded paper edges. The cut lines should be parallel to one another on each side and they should come close to meeting in the middle but not touch. To make this easier, you can fold the triangle in half. This way you'll cut both sides at once, making a very symmetrical snowflake.
3. Unfold your paper and turn it so that the diamond shape is facing you for working with.
4. Still keeping your paper diamond side-up, roll the first two innermost paper lines together to form a tube. Tape these two pieces together. You should see triangle shapes on each side of the roll.
5. Turn the diamond over to the other side. Take the next two paper lines and pull them together on the opposite side of the tube and tape together as before. This will be a more rounded shape and wider than the first tube.
6. Keep turning the paper and joining the paper lines together on opposite side until all paper lines have been joined.
7. Repeat this process (steps 3 - 7) with the remaining 5 pieces of paper.
8. Join 3 of the completed rolled pieces together at one end (draw together with your fingertips) and staple together using the other hand. Do the other 3 pieces the same way. Now you will have 2 pieces consisting of 3 strands or "arms" each.
9. Staple the two new pieces together in the middle. You will almost have the snowflake shape now.
10. Staple where each of the 6 arms meet. This ensures that the snowflake shape is pulled into place. See illustration at top for the finished snowflake.
Use a paper punch to hang your snowflake with string.