How to make a 3D paper snowflake

Hey! This is Akire Bubar, and I’m here
because I want to show you how to assemble a three-dimensional snowflake.
Now the first thing I want to show you is that in the design I’ve created for
you I have included dots and dashes at regular intervals – they match on all six
of the prongs – and those are there so that when you glue down the other pieces
to create your snowflake design, you can line them up in pretty much the same
place in all six directions. And that gives you a pretty nicely symmetrical
pattern. Now I want to point out that not all snowflakes are perfectly symmetrical,
and yours don’t have to be either. But if you want symmetry, those dots and dashes
are there to make that pretty easy for you. Okay, so – I also want to point out – the
best glue that I’ve found for using with any kind of paper project is a glue
stick, because it dries nice and flat. You don’t get rippled paper. It’s just
lovely. So I’d recommend a glue stick. Now once you have your assembled snowflakes,
the next thing you’re gonna do is pick a point, and since these are symmetrical it
really doesn’t matter which one, and you are going to carefully snip from the
very tip all the way in to this center dot. And you want to try and get right in
the middle of the dot! Not any farther, and definitely all the way. And you’re
gonna do that on one prong of each of your two matching snowflakes. Now, to fit
these together in a slit join, you’re gonna line up the slits. And I’m gonna
show you with my hands first, because that’s even easier to see, alright? I’m
making a slit with my fingers and I’m gonna slide the slits into each other. And look at that! It’s like my hands are embedded in each other. Woohoo! So what you’re
gonna do now is you’re gonna do the same thing with your snowflakes. So you’re
gonna line up those slits, and you’re gonna slide one slit into the
other, like so. Alright? So they’re kinda sticking into each other. And you’re gonna slide them
all the way until the centers line up right at that center dot. Okay? And then,
look at that – ta-daaa! You’ve got a lovely three-dimensional
snowflake. Now, you’re not quite done. The best thing to do now is to add a teeny a
little bit of tape to make your snowflake stay together. So I’m going to
take a little piece of tape here, and I am going to make sure this is still
lined up nicely in the middle where it belongs, and then I’m gonna make sure that this
is all nicely centered, and I’m gonna take a little piece of tape and I’m
gonna stick it right down there. Great. Okay, so now I’m gonna flip it over, and
I’m going to do the other side. So once again, I am going to take this
and I’m gonna lay it down over that tip. Right like that.
Excellent. Now, one of the things that’s fun about this design is that, you know,
it folds up nice and flat when not in use, which means they store really nicely
if you want to put them away and then hang them up next year. It also means
they’re great if you want to make them for a friend and mail them. So once you’ve
done these two opposite sides, you are gonna squish it the other way, and we’re
gonna do these sides. And this is helpful because – you know, I think – I think the
little bits of opposing tape kind-of push against each other a tiny bit. And
that helps when you hang up your snowflake. It helps keep it nicely open. So…and a little piece there. Now
for the last piece on this side, I’m gonna show you how I attach thread. You know, you could – you could puncture a little hole with a needle, and that’s fine and all, but a little piece of tape works great and it’s a little easier. So that’s what I’m gonna do. Now first, I want to show you – if I were to
just put the tape over the end of the thread, like that, alright? It’s really
easy to – boop! – pull the thread out. So what I like to do is, I like to loop the
thread AROUND the piece of tape. So first I’m gonna put it on the sticky side of
the tape, like that, and then I’m going to wrap it around the
front of the non-sticky side, like that, and then back around the sticky side again.
And the trick is to try and do it so it lays nice and flat. And tape is surprisingly forgiving, so if it takes a couple times, no big deal. And
then – there you go. It’s nicely wrapped around. And then that way, your
snowflake is gonna stay put on the thread! It’s not going to fall off. So I
am going to take this last point here, and I also really want to line that
thread up carefully with the center line where the sides join, because
that’s going to help it hang in a nice balanced way. Oops! And if you lay your tape down gently at
first, that gives you a little more flexibility for re-positioning it, if you
need to, without damaging the paper. Okay! So! Right there in the middle – we got it!
So now you’ve got your snowflake. And it’ll hang together nicely. You can tape the bottom end if you like – you don’t have to, gravity’s pretty much gonna do its thing.
I usually do, ’cause anything worth doing is worth overdoing, right? Now, what – the
way I tend to like to attach it to the ceiling is I use mounting putty. I’ve had this same packet for like 25 years. You can use this stuff over and over again, it’s – it’s wonderful, it doesn’t leave a mark on your paint. And so I take a little ball, and I just kind-of wrap…just kind-of, like, stick the ball into the end of the thread, wrap it
around a little bit, and then once I’ve got it like that
I can carefully climb up to the ceiling and just kinda – boop! –
stick it up there, and the snowflake’s gonna hang nicely from that. Okay? So
there you have it. If you’re not already a patron, you can find me at and Akire Bubar is spelled A K I R E, B as in boy, U, B as in
boy, A R. And all my patrons can download this snowflake design. And you
can, too, if you become a patron! And there’s lots of other cool projects. I
hope to see you there! Take some pictures of your work, send it to me, I want to see
what you do! Okay.

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