Day 1 of the 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!
The goal for these 24 days is to give you ideas for hand-crafted Christmas decorations for your tree and home. Come back each day to try the next craft. 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!
These 3-D snowflakes bring the wintry season to your Christmas decorating. They look great on your tree, on a mantle, or even dangling from a string. Made from Craft foam, they are even safe to use outside! They disassemble for easy storage and weigh next to nothing. You will want to use these as part of your decorating year after year.
Materials and Supplies
For each snowflake you will need
- 1 sheet of white craft foam
- Glue (If you intend to use these outside, use a glue that will withstand the weather)
- Pattern (available in my Resource Library)
About the Pattern
You can cut these by hand by tracing the design onto the craft foam and cutting with an X-Acto knife or scissors. You can also cut the craft foam on your craft machine from the design in my Resource Library. I cut mine on my Cricut Maker with the rotary blade. My mom made some that she cut on her Cricut Explore with the deep cut blade.
Cutting the Snowflakes
For the look I wanted, I really needed craft foam that was twice as thick as the standard craft foam. To get the look, I cut two of each piece – for a total of 6 pieces per snowflake).
If you are cutting by hand, print the pattern on card stock, cut it out, then use this sturdy pattern to trace the snowflakes onto your craft foam pieces.
If you are cutting with a craft machine, upload the .SVG file to your design software. For my Cricut Maker, I set the material to “Flex Foam” and used the rotary cutter. The knife blade did more tearing than cutting but that may be the foam I was using. My mom used a knife blade on a little stiffer foam and it worked fine for her. If you have never cut craft foam on your craft machine, do a test cut (I use unpopular colors of foam from variety packs for my test pieces).
Final Cut – By Hand
After all six pieces are cut out, there is a manual cut you will need to make. How you make this cut is up to you and may depend on how you intend to use the snowflakes.
Only make this cut in the snowflake that has the big plus sign (+) in the middle of it.
Below is how I usually do my final cut. A straight cut will work, too. The stair-step cut (like in the video below) tries to be more of an interlocking cut. A straight cut will work just as well for most.
Glue two like-pieces together for each of the three snowflake pieces and let dry.
Two of the three snowflake pieces are identical and have a long slot down the middle. Hold those snowflake pieces so that the slots face each other and the planes of the craft foam are at 90 degrees to each other. Insert the slots into each other.
The third snowflake piece is the one in which you made the manual cut. This cut allows you to open up that third piece and wrap it around the middle of the other two pieces. The video below shows me assembling my snowflake.
After making one snowflake, making many is easy. You can even get your kids or grandkids involved in assembling and tossing the snowflakes onto the tree.
Remember to come back each day for a new project in the 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!