Do You Want to Build a Snowflake?


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

Supplies you’ll need:

  • 6 white standard lunch bags
  • Card stock or thin cardboard (to use as template)
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hole punch
  • White ribbon or twine
  • Optional:  edger scissors

3D Snowflake Steps

Instructions to “Build a Snowflake”:

  1. Cut bottom off each lunch bag.
  2. Trace 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!


For more snow-inspired projects and creative fun check out Growing Snow Crystals, Snow Crystal Geometry and A Blank Canvas of Snow.


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