Each year about this time, I make these 3-D star/snowflake thingies with my 4th and 5th grade art students as a (kind of) simple one-period project. They love it, it looks festive, and they can make more over break. Folks have asked for the steps; I was taught by a fellow art teacher and it was passed down to her by…? In any case, I’m sure I’m repeating something that’s already online, but here it is again. (NOTE: I can make one of these in under 8 minutes by now; feel free to try to beat.)
Materials: 8 squares of paper (I cut from copy paper), tape, scissors, pencil and yarn and hole punch if you want to make a hanger.
Step One: Take a square, fold it into one triangle, then fold again.
Step Two: Draw three lines parallel to the long side, or opening on “top”. Lines should go almost to the other side.
Step Three: Cut on lines.
Step Four: Open the sheet.
Steps Five through Eight: Start with the two flaps in the center. Roll them into what I call a “burrito” fold and tape. It should fit around your finger. Next: FLIP THE SHEET OVER, and then burrito fold and tape the next closest flaps to the center. FLIP AGAIN and burrito fold and tape the next two flaps. Finally, FLIP OVER and fold and tape the outside flap things. You will now have one “icicle” and note that it will not be symmetrical.
Step Nine: Make another icicle and nestle the tips together, pinch and tape. Then find the part where the two icicles meet in the center and tape together.
Step Ten: Make eight total and keep attaching to center and then at the points where they meet. NOTE: the most important step of all is to attach a partial star to BEEP!
Step Eleven: Now finish the dang thing by punching a hole in the top and attaching a piece of yarn as a hanger (as seen at top).