Happy St. Patrick’s day! I get girlishly happy over the fact that today everyone must wear my favorite color or face the consequences! Mwaahahaha! Hope you’ve got your green on!
I’m also excited because Frozen comes out tomorrow! Let me just say that again.
Frozen comes out tomorrow!
I’m soo excited and I haven’t even seen the movie. My daughter and I stumbled on this youtube video of ‘Let It Go’ and Sunny hasn’t stopped singing or talking about it.
That led to a Daddy daughter date-her very first theater experience! Next weekend Grandma and Boppa are flying out and we’ve decided to throw a Frozen party in celebration of its DVD release and the arrival of grandparents.
Over the next two weeks leading up to our party I’ll share what we’re doing. Today I want to show you how we do our 3-D snowflakes around here. These are my favorite snowflakes, they are simple, elegant, slightly larger than average (it takes less to fill a space) and has awesome open work detail. I’m a push over for open work details.
1 ½ sheets of printer paper per snowflake
ribbon or thread
20 minutes (more if you have to make paper squares)
Finished dimensions: 10 3/4 inches
1. Get a square piece of paper.
You need a mostly perfect square paper to start. You could use origami paper, but the colors may be a little much. I take a piece of regular printer paper and tear it into fourths, square off each fourth and cut the torn edges off. I like crisp, clean edges.
2. Fold on the diagonal
Fold from corner to corner creating a diagonal crease while also folding the square into a triangle.
3. Fold the triangle in half.
4. Cut carefully
Position the triangle with the two separate folds towards you and the single fold away. Mark or eyeball the width into fourths (on the double fold side). I mark mine ¾ inches apart. Cut carefully on the marks keeping parallel to the long side of the triangle. STOP cutting right before the fold at the top, you’re creating a hinge here (pictured above). Cutting all the way through will make this piece unusable.
5. Create a single point
Unfold the-now cut-square. Roll the center section points around a pencil and tape together. Then roll the corners of the next smallest section to the opposite side of the center section. Tape. Continue rolling and taping the sections alternating sides until all four sections are taped together resembling the single point pictured below.
6. Repeat the above steps until you have 5 more points-6 total.
Look at the picture below. The purple lines show where the outer most section of the point is while the blue is the next outer section. You want your points to connect in a way so that the outer section of a point is taped to the next inner section of a point. Basically you want it to alternate between purple, blue, purple, blue and so on. Not purple to purple or blue to blue.
*Never tape the most outer section to another point’s most outer section.
**Don’t worry about the 2 most inner sections, they are finished and are no longer needed for future steps.
7. Connect points together
Pick 2 of your finished points and hold a corner from each. Make sure the outer-section of one is next to the inner section of the other. Place the corners over each other matching the corners as perfectly as possible. Tape.
Towards the middle of each point will be an ‘x’ where you have already taped the alternating sections. Tape an ‘x’ from each point to each other, once again making sure it is in the pattern of outer most to next inner section. While looking at the picture is should be like those with purple next to blue next to purple and so on.
8. Stop at three.
I connect them together three at a time to create half a snowflake. Then I connect these halves just like step 7. Place the inner corner on top of each other. This time they won’t be matching up, rather the corners will go in opposite directions of each other. Make sure the points are alternating outer section to the inner section. Tape. Continue connecting at the ‘x’ as described in step 7.
9. Hang it
Tie some ribbon or thread on a point and hang your masterpiece.
Congrats you’re done! Woot!
What’s your favorite winter craft?