Create your own beautiful blizzard with these 3D snowflakes made out of foiled paper. A free cutting file is included!
Snowflakes are my favorite. No really, I’d decorate my whole house with snowflakes, stars and poinsettias all year round if it wouldn’t be weird. I definitely keep snowflakes and other wintery decor up through January, despite taking down the Christmas stuff.
This coming January, my littlest daughter wants to celebrate her birthday with a Frozen theme. These 3D snowflakes will be perfect for decorating our little Frozen celebration!
These 3D snowflakes are really fun to make. Over the course of my lifetime, I have made a ton of different kinds of snowflakes, including these ones. They required folding and cutting and gluing. Now that I know how to make cut files, I decided to simplify my life and create a cut file for this particular 3D snowflake. That way I don’t have to cut and I can minimize the creases!
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I used Rinea Foiled Paper in the Frosted Variety Pack, which the colors appear to be created just for this project! Of course you can use any type of paper, but the foiled paper adds shine and is so easy to create with.
Cutting Machine Tips
When using the Rinea Foiled Paper in my Silhouette there are a couple things I take note of…
- First, make sure the mat isn’t too new. I have a mat that has been used a few times that I reserve just for cutting the foiled paper. If the mat is new and really sticky, the foiled sticks too well and rips. That’s sad.
- Second, make sure your blade is sharp. I made the mistake of using an older, well used blade and it destroyed the foiled paper. Which was also a very sad moment.
- Third, use the vellum setting on your cutting machine and set it to two passes. The two passes is more of a preference, since I dislike it when I have to weed a lot or cut a spot that didn’t quite cut all the way through.
Putting the Snowflakes Together
- Using the cut file, cut out two of the snowflake pattern, making sure they are the exact same size.
- Accordion fold the snowflake, starting at the end, match the end point to the next point, and crease just at the base of the cut out. Do this with both pieces of foiled paper, making sure the tops sides are going the same direction.
- Add a little strip of hot glue to the very end of the cut out and glue the two pieces together to form one long strip.
- Hot glue the other end to form a circle.
- Pinch the inside of the snowflake together and add a dab of hot glue. Hold it together until the glue is dry.
Notes On the Glue
I chose to use the hot glue on this project because it holds the foiled paper together very quickly. This works especially well if you have one of those newer hot glue guns with the little detail tips. You can also use craft glue, but that requires holding the pieces together until the glue starts drying. No one has time for that!
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