Origami Volumetric Snowflake

The natural beauty of a snowflake is in perfect symmetry. Ice crystals grow, forming rays. The rays are joined by many edges that form a unique pattern. The same number of rays never produces a repeating pattern – this is the mystery and miracle of the phenomenon.

A three-dimensional radiant snowflake made of paper, made according to the proposed instructions, fascinates with its clarity and regularity of lines, and the rhythm of the pattern. At the same time, it is graceful and airy. In this work, eight identical parts are glued together by joining petals and closed into a ring. To make petals the same in size and appearance, you will have to work a little with a pencil and ruler.

Step 1

To work, prepare 8 rectangles with sides of 9 cm and 11 cm of the desired color.

Step 2

Place one sheet of paper vertically and mark the folds, measuring 2.5 cm from each edge along the top and bottom lines.

Step 3
Step 4

Make vertical folds along the marked lines on both sides.

Step 5
Step 6

Turn the sheet of paper over.

Step 7

Perform additional markings by measuring 0.5 cm from each edge along horizontal lines.

Step 8

Make folds.

Step 9

The edge of the folded paper is very narrow; a ruler will help you bend the edge of this part evenly.

Step 10

Turn the figure over, and glue the center line, being careful not to let the glue go beyond the edges.

Step 11
Step 12

Straighten the inside of the shape to form a hollow rectangular block.

Step 13
Step 14

Make an additional fold along the narrow sides, pressing in the central marked line, and forming an accordion.

Step 15

Compare with the illustration.

Step 16

Fold the piece of paper in half.

Step 17

Make markings for cuts according to the illustration and make the cuts.

Step 18
Step 19

Repeat all the steps up to the step 18 times to create 8 identical elements of the future snowflake.

Step 20

Glue each part along the long central line.

Step 21

Repeat 8 times.

Step 22

Connect all 8 parts together, applying glue in a narrow strip along the center line.

Step 23

Do not allow excess glue to go beyond the edges.

Step 24

Open the structure like a fan, and glue the central lines of the outer parts.

Step 25

Everything worked out!

You can experiment with the size, shape, number of elements, and color of the paper. You can get an elegant garland from small radiant snowflakes, strung on a thread. Snowflakes made from an enlarged template will look very impressive in the festive decoration of large halls.

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