If you are looking for ideas to create a magical winter wonderland, try these giant 3D paper snowflake decorations!

These lighted big 3D paper snowflakes look gorgeous for the holidays, or any time of year when you want a little something special!

 

Materials and tools to make 3D paper snowflake decorations :

  • 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!

 

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.

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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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After cutting three stack of  paper bags, glue them together to form a snowflake.

Leave an opening so the snowflake can be stored closed.

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Here is a little secret on how to hold a snowflake together without gluing so they can be stored flat-

Step 3: add lights to your 3D paper snowflake decorations

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I used white paper clips to hold the two ends of a snowflake together and it worked like a charm!

Add clear fishing lines for hanging, and of course – LED fairy lights !

IMPORTANT: please follow basic safety practices when using string lights. Only use good quality products specific for indoor or outdoor conditions, and choose low heat LED lights when using near paper. Always turn off lights before leaving your home or going to bed.

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