If you are looking for ideas to create a magical winter wonderland, try these giant 3D paper snowflake pendants!
Made from simple paper bags or just plain white office paper, they are so easy to make.
I will share the free templates of all three snowflake patterns for you to download at the end.
These lighted 3D paper snowflakes look gorgeous for the holidays, or any time of year when you want a little something special!
Materials and tools:
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- office paper, or white paper bags. The templates are for 8.5″x11″ paper since everyone has it!
- LED string lights: if you plan to use them for a quick decor, these battery powered ones are great. If you plan to leave them up for a long time, these plug-in LED fairy lights are what I used.
- clear fishing lines like these for hanging the pendants
- a little secret weapon: white paper clips – you will see why they are must haves!
Below is a video to show you how the snowflakes magically open!
Step 1: Make some “paper bags” using office paper. (Skip this step if you are using paper bags.)
I have included fold and glue lines in the templates at the end.
This step is pretty simple: make some paper bags by folding a piece of 8.5″x11″ and gluing the sides first.
The bottom does not need to be glued all the way, just a little dab at the center.
Fold each “bag” in half and glue a stack of them ( blue lines showing where to apply glue). I prefer to glue together 3 at a time for easy cutting. Each snowflake will need 8 to 9 “bags”.
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Step 2: Fold and cut.
You can print or trace the patterns from my templates, or invent your own designs!
After cutting three stack of paper bags, glue them together to form a snowflake.
Leave an opening so the snowflake can be stored closed.
Here is a little secret on how to hold a snowflake together without gluing so they can be stored flat- Continue To Next Page…