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Giant Paper Snowflake Tutorial with Snowflake Templates

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It’s getting cooler outside and it’s almost time to start planning those winter parties, decorating every corner, & so much more! Today I’m bringing you a lovely DIY Snowflake Paper Flower Tutorial that anyone and everyone can do at home. This wintery design is sure to bring a little seasonal joy to any space or event.

When I made this design in 2017, I had no idea you guys would go so bananas for it. This year, my paper Christmas tree from last year and the new Christmas Tree this year seem to be holding the spotlight right next to this giant snowflake design.

Ready to make it? Gather the following supplies below.

Giant Paper Snowflake Tutorial Supplies & Steps

Supplies for Giant Paper Snowflakes:

Download The Giant Paper Snowflake Templates

Snowflake Templates from the AKC Member Vault (Best Value)

Grab these gorgeous paper snowflake templates inside the AKC Member Vault! You can log in below and find them by searching the keywords “snowflake” or design #266

If you aren’t a member yet, you will want to sign up for all Abbi Kirsten’s crafts here. There are currently hundreds of designs, such as paper flower templates, SVG cut files, and printables, plus a dozen new ones added each month!

Download The Paper Snowflake Templates In The Shop

While the Member Vault is the best value because you gain access to every template I’ve ever made, you can also pick up just the giant snowflake design in the shop too!

UPDATE: Since the release of these snowflakes several years ago, I have filmed a brand new video and teach you how to use a 6-sided base, plus explain how to downsize for various snowflake sizes!

How to Make Giant Paper Snowflakes

The different cutout pieces needed to make giant paper snowflakes. Three snowflake-like shapes in varying shades of blue papers, and one hexagon shape in light blue paper.

First, cut the following number of paper snowflake petals:

You will have 3 differently shaped pieces to cut out. To get started on your paper snowflake tutorial, cut the following number of petal pieces out. You will also need one 7-sided or 8-sided base piece for your center to mount all of your petals on.

  • Extra Large Petal – 8 (or 7 if you use the 7-sided base or 6 if you use the size-sided base)
  • Large Petal – 8 (or 7 if you use the 7-sided base or 6 if you use the size-sided base)
  • Small Petal – 8 (or 7 if you use the 7-sided base or 6 if you use the size-sided base)
  • 8-Sided Base – 1

Step 1: Fold the Bottoms of the Snowflake “Petals”

Abbi demonstrates how to fold the bottom of the paper snowflake petals into a cone shape.

To start, fold the bottom of the petal around itself like a cone and secure it with glue. Do this with all your petals the same way.

All of the various paper snowflake petals sit together, stacked, after being folded into a cone shape. There are three piles - larger light blue petals, sky blue medium sized petals, and robin's egg blue small petals.

Step 2: Begin to Stack and Glue the Snowflake Petals

Abbi demonstrates how to stack and glue together the snowflake petals. A large light blue snowflake petal is stacked into a medium sized, darker blue petal. A pink glue gun sits on the table to the right.

Next, add glue to the XL petal’s top of the cone and layer the large petal over it as I do.

Repeat 6 more times.

Step 3: Prep the Base of the Snowflake

Abbi demonstrates how to add hot glue to the 8-sided paper snowflake base.

Cut out your medium 8-sided (or 7-sided) petal perfect base. Each of the sides represents a spot for each of the petals. Note: View our updated tutorial here with the 6-side base and downsizing tips!

Step 4: Attach the Petals to the Base

Abbi demonstrates how to glue the snowflake petals to the 8-sided base.

Either adding glue to the petal or the base, attach each petal in a circle to the base.

Step 5: Continue Gluing Snowflake Petals

Three snowflake petals are glued to the 8-sided base. A pink glue gun sits on the table next to the in-progress paper snowflake.

As you go, you may want to lay the petals out before gluing them down to make sure they are coming together evenly. Repeat for all 8 petals or for however many you need for your chosen base.

Abbi continues to glue paper snowflake petals to the base. In this image, four snowflake petals are glued to the base. Abbi holds two petals together.


Feel free to add a little glue in between the petals to better secure the whole flower. This will keep the snowflake from flopping around.

All 8 snowflake petals are glued to the base, completing the first layer of the giant paper snowflake.

 

Step 6: Flip the Snowflake

A full look at the in-progress paper snowflake. Eight snowflake petals are attached to an 8-sided base.

Flip your paper snowflake flower over. This is going to be the top side of your snowflake paper flower.

Step 7: Glue the Smallest Snowflake Petals to the Front of the Snowflake

Abbi demonstrates how to glue the smallest snowflake petals to the front side of the snowflake base using a hot glue gun.

Add glue to the tip of the small rolled-up petal. Place the petal open side up in between the bottom petals so that they alternate. Keep going until you’ve added all 7 small petals.

Abbi continues to glue four small snowflake petals to the front side of the giant paper snowflake using a hot glue gun.

Optional Step 8: Add Glitter!

You are good to complete your flower project here, or you can take it one step further and add some pizazz to the center of your flower. Check out the video tutorial to see how we’ve added some sparkle to the giant paper snowflake with a 1″ foam ball covered with rhinestones. For an alternate option, check out the pics below to see our fringe flower centerpiece.

How to Create the Fringe Center for the Giant Paper Snowflake (Optional Step)

Step 1: Fold and Cut a Piece of Paper

A single piece of light blue paper, folded lengthwise and cut down the center fold with scissors.

Cut an 8.5 x 11″ piece of paper in half lengthwise to get two 5.5 x 11″ strips of paper. You can go a step further by using a shiny or sparkly craft or scrapbook-style paper of your choosing.

Step 2: Cut Paper with Fringe Scissors

Abbi uses a fringe scissors to cut fringes into a single strip of light blue paper.

Fold each of the 5.5 x 11″ strips of paper in half and cut small slits along the folded edge of the paper. Each slit should be approximately 1/16″ – 1/8″ wide, depending on how broad you’d like your fringes to be.

Step 3: Fluff the Fringe

A single strip of fringed paper tacked down with glue to create a more "fluffy" fringe look.

Tack down the unfolded edge of the fringe strip with a few dots of glue. You can take this time to also fluff up the fringed edge a bit to give it some volume. This will help to fill in the gaps & blend it all together in our next steps.

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Step 4: Foll the Fringe

Abbi demonstrates how to roll the fringe paper to create a fringe center for the paper snowflake.

Begin to roll your fringe strip from one end until you’ve created a small circular center for your flower. Apply a small dot of glue at the end to make sure your centerpiece doesn’t unravel.

Step 5: Add a Layer of Fringe, then Attach to Snowflake

Abbi demonstrates how to roll and glue the fringe center for the giant paper snowflake.

Repeat Steps 1-4 once more to create a second layer of fringe to add along the outside to make a larger centerpiece.

Now that you’ve added your snazzy centerpiece, your snowflake flower is complete!

ENJOY!

Giant Paper Snowflakes

Giant Paper Snowflakes

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

These giant paper snowflakes are the perfect holiday decoration! Learn how to make these gorgeous paper Christmas decorations in a few easy steps.

Materials

Instructions

First, cut the following number of petals:

  • Extra Large Petal – 8 (or 7 if you use the 7-sided base or 6 if you use the size-sided base)
  • Large Petal – 8 (or 7 if you use the 7-sided base or 6 if you use the size-sided base)
  • Small Petal – 8 (or 7 if you use the 7-sided base or 6 if you use the size-sided base)
  • 8-Sided Base – 1

How to Make a Paper Snowflake:

  1. To start, fold the bottom of the petal around itself like a cone and secure it with glue. Do this with all your petals the same way.
  2. Next, add glue to the XL petal’s top of the cone and layer the large petal over it as I do. Repeat 6 more times.
  3. Cut out your medium 8-sided (or 7-sided) petal perfect base. Each of the sides represents a spot for each of the petals.
  4. Either adding glue to the petal or the base, attach each petal in a circle to the base.
  5. As you go, you may want to lay the petals out before gluing them down to make sure they are coming together evenly. Repeat for all 8 petals or for however many you need for your chosen base.
  6. Flip your paper snowflake flower over. This is going to be the top side of your snowflake paper flower.
  7. Add glue to the tip of the small rolled-up petal. Place the petal open side up in between the bottom petals so that they alternate. Keep going until you’ve added all 7 small petals.
  8. Optional: add some pizazz to the center of your flower. Check out the video tutorial to see how we’ve added some sparkle with a 1″ foam ball covered with rhinestones.

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Create your own easy giant paper snowflakes with our paper snowflake tutorial and template. Deck your halls for Christmas with these big paper snowflakes.

I loved creating this paper snowflake tutorial because it adds such a fun touch of color to any winter party or decor! How do you like it? How would you use this paper snowflake tutorial?

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Step-By-Step Giant Paper Snowflake Video Tutorial

If you prefer to follow along with the video for this DIY snowflake paper flower, check out the video tutorial below! VIEW THE NEW AND IMPROVED VERSION HERE!

New Giant Paper Snowflake Video Tutorial

Origiginal Tutorial

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  1. OMG I cannot wait to make these, looking for the perfect snowflake decorations for my daughter’s winter baby shower, these are perfect!!!

    Thank you for sharing!
    Dawn

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