Do You Want to Build a Snowflake?


Try this 3D twist on the classic cut-out snowflake!

Supplies you’ll need:

  • 6-8 white standard lunch bags (We used 6 here to tie into our study of 6-pointed snow crystals, but 8 or more bags will have a fuller appearance.)
  • Card stock or thin cardboard (to use as template)
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape or glue stick
  • Hole punch
  • White ribbon or twine
  • Optional:  edger scissors

3D Snowflake Steps

Instructions to “Build a Snowflake”:

  1. Cut bottom off of each lunch bag.
  2. Trace the bag outline onto card stock.  This will be the template for the snowflake details.
  3. Fold the template lengthwise and off top corner to create a symmetrical point at the center as shown above.  Along sides use standard or edger scissors to cut decorative edge details.  Using hole punch, punch a hole in the center of the bottom of the template.
  4. Place the template over a lunch bag, aligning top and sides.  Cut along template point and decorative edge.  Be sure to keep at least 1/3 to 1/2 of the edge of the bags intact at the base.  Use hole punch to punch out hole aligned with template.
  5. Repeat step above for remaining bags.
  6. Place strips of double sided tape on top face of one lunch bag as shown above.  Carefully align second lunch bag and press into place.
  7. Repeat taping and aligning to connect all six bags.
  8. Thread ribbon through the stacked holes at the base of the bags and tie a loose loop, leaving at least 2 feet of ribbon to hang final snowflake.
  9. Place strips of double sided tape on top bag.  Place the ribbon so that it passes between the tape strips as shown above.
  10. Gently pull the top of bags apart and carefully extend into a full circle so that the back face of the bottom bag aligns and adheres to the top face of the top bag.  Press firmly together.
  11. Hang up your beautiful 3D snowflake!


Looking for more snow and snowflake-inspired activities that include more complex math and science topics?  The images below display snow-themed activities incorporating elementary through middle school STEAM concepts.  Links to posts below!

Snow Project Preview

For more winter-themed art activities above that include math, science and engineering concepts go to the following links:


Interested in snowman-themed projects for artists of all ages?  The snowman images below are shown in order of complexity starting with toddler/preschool activities and progressing through elementary/middle school STEAM concepts.  Links to posts below!

Snowman Progression Preview

To further explore art, math and science concepts through snowman-inspired activities, go to the following links:



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