I admit I am a little obsessed with paper snowflakes! We had so much fun making our very popular Name Snowflakes last Christmas and we also created a huge snowflake table runner (inspired by this post over at Art Bar) for our dining table. This year I had another crazy idea that I wasn’t too sure would work – to create a GIANT snowflake from white paper bags. It certainly did work and I love the result!
How to Make Giant Paper Bag Snowflakes
You will need:
- 7 paper craft/ lunch bags per snowflake – you need bags with a flat paper bottom, like these
- Hot glue gun
- String for hanging
A few things you need to know straight up – keep the bags folded, don’t open them up.
When cutting your design, leave the flat, bottom area of the bag uncut. You also what to keep a band about an inch wide up the middle of each bag uncut, and when cutting your design along the outside edges, you want to leave sections uncut to hold the snowflake’s shape when it is assembled.
Here we go!
1. Fold the paper bag in half longways (the crease is along the bottom of the bag in the image above).
2. Next, fold the top down to the crease on each side, a bit like folding the wings of a paper airplane. You should now have a thin, concertina folded paper bag.
3. Here’s where you have to concentrate! Start cutting your snowflake pattern along the edge that DOES NOT include the centre fold. Only cut to (roughly) the centre of the strip. Leave some areas along the edge uncut to hold your snowflake together.
4. Open back up the outside flaps (your airplane wings) and continue cutting your design along the top edge – that is the edge that DOES NOT include the centre fold. You need to leave some sections of the bag uncut along the edge to hold your snowflake together.
5. Unfold the bag to lie flat.
6. Repeat this process on six more bags. Here are some of my bags after they have been cut.
7. Stack your bags (base up) in the order you would like to assemble your snowflake.
8. Start with the bottom bag and spread hot glue in a T shape along the outside edge of the bag base and up the centre of the bag. Place the next bag on top to glue together.
9. Repeat this process until all seven bags are glued together in a stack.
10. Place a T of hot glue on the top bag and then open the bags out and fan them around so that the two outside bags can be glued together.
Done! You’ve completed your first giant paper bag snowflake!
To hang: punch a hole through the sides of two bags, where they meet, and hang with string.
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