To begin, use a standard 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper. I made ours from a shimmery silver paper to go with the theme, but you can certainly use plain white paper as well. Glitter paper would rock! I would not use card stock though because it would be too thick to bend as needed, especially when glueing all six parts together.
Fold up one corner of the paper, crease and cut off the excess paper. You can discard the extra piece.
Use scissors to cut the six cuts as shown above, beginning on the folded edge. Be sure you do not connect your two cuts in the center or you will have to start over 🙂 I left about a shy 1/2 inch between my cuts down the center. Don’t worry about being exact or even with your cuts. Just eyeball it.
Open your square and starting in the middle, apply glue stick to both points of the center diamond into a loop and hold until they stay firmly. My shiny paper took a bit of extra glue and patience because they did not like staying together very well. You could also use staples if you are ok with a few staples showing.
Flip the diamond over so the loop you just glued is face down on the table. Take the two points of the next diamond and glue together just like before.
Flip the diamond over once again, and glue the tips to the next diamond together. Be sure you hold them firmly until they stay put!
Now one last flip to glue together the last tips of the outermost diamond.
Complete the above process five more times so you have 6 complete sections. I even think these are pretty all on their own!
Line up three of your sections so they are all the same direction and apply glue to the two center points where they meet. Hold them firmly together and allow them to dry for a few minutes. You want to be sure they are completely dry before moving on or they will pop apart. Repeat with the remaining three sections.
Apply glue to the bottom points of the three sections and hold them firmly together for a few minutes. Again, allow them to dry completely before moving on or they will pop apart! Repeat for the other grouping of three.
You should now have two groupings of three as shown above. Apply glue to the two center points in the middle, as well as where the two sections touch on each side. Hold firmly until dry. Use a paper punch to place a hole in the top so you can hang your gorgeous creation!
Minnesota Prairie Roots says
Reminds me of my childhood days of folding and cutting out snowflakes, although these are much more elegant. Much more.
Sounds like you have a gorgeous setting planned for the reception. Be sure to show us all the final results.
I expect you are feeling the pressure now and the count-down is on.
We made some today. These will be up around the house all winter long. Thanks for the tutorial, Carole! We’ve also made your pork carnitas. Yum!
So glad you made them Ann…and the Pork Carnitas are in my top five of favorite recipes 🙂
Heather Maillett Burkhardt says
Used this in my classroom – turned out great – Thanks
Heather – great idea for a classroom project and I am glad they worked for you! -Carole
Omg we were making these snowflakes in school about a week. It’s super easy to make! 🙂
Any suggestions of preserving them?
The only way would be to pack them in a hard sided box and not to compress them when packing.