- Hook Panel
- Middle Panel
- Last Panel
- Additional Materials:
- Time Required:
- Approximately 5-10 Minutes
Create a Winter Wonderland of 3D Snowflakes
Every year, right after Thanksgiving, my house is filled with holiday music and the smell of pine as we put up the tree and start celebrating the season. Another thing we love to do is create homemade decorations. From coffee filter snowflakes and popcorn garlands, to paper chains for the tree, Christmas is the prime do-it-yourself holiday. We’ve got just the thing that you and your family can make to get in the spirit of the season: a 3D snowflake. Follow along as we show you a simple six step tutorial so you can create your very own.
Before building your snowflake, customize your panels. You can use acrylic or spray paint to make your pieces truly one of a kind. To create a more vibrant color, add a layer of white (the primer layer) on each panel before painting. Primer will not only help the color pop, but will give a nice, even surface to paint on. Let all the pieces dry completely before you start to build.
Identify the first, second and third panels as shown in Picture 1. The hook panel is pictured first with a top slit, followed along by the middle panel that has two slits, and the last panel that has a bottom slit.
Take the flat hook panel [Picture 2] in both hands and begin moving the non-hook side backwards about an inch [Picture 3]. This step will help the other two panels slide easily into each other.
Now that you have bent the hook panel, take the middle panel and slide it directly down the middle of the hook panel shown in Picture 4. Your snowflake should now look like Picture 5 (The snowflake will be a little loose)
Take the last panel and slide it diagonally into the middle slit on the hook panel (make sure the hook panel is still slightly bent to allow the middle panel to slide in easily). You may have to wiggle this piece down as seen in Picture 7, but once it is placed it will fit snugly.
Now that the snowflake is built, it is time to bend the first panel back into place. While you push it back into place, push the hook part under the last panel’s edge to lock the snowflake in [Picture 8].
Your beautiful new 3D snowflake is done! Add a string or ribbon and use it to decorate your Christmas tree or inside or outside your house where you and your friends, family and neighbors can enjoy.
Are you interested in creating more holiday decorations? Stay tuned for information coming soon about our holiday class we’ll hold on Saturday, Nov. 20.
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