You can make an EXCELLENT GIFT and IMPRESSIVE DECORATION with these crocheted 3 dimensional snowflake ornaments, embellished with pearls and crystals. The receiver usually is very impressed by the beauty of such individually made gift- the delicate work, three dimensions, shining pearls and crystals. People look at them as if they were magical winter butterflies.
If you like to crochet, then making these ornaments is a very enjoyable, even meditative process that results in One Of A Kind Masterpiece.
I have given these snowflakes gifts to my family and friends, and I have always received only the nicest feedback. I have learned that such present is great for those people for whom one simply can not find the right gift or who already have nearly everything imaginable…
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Before you start doing your 3D crochet snowflake, you can find some more inspiration when seeing CONTRASTING SNOWFLAKES with more tips on stiffening crochet ornaments.
If you would like to see another idea for crocheting a special item – check out this tutorial for making Unique Lamp Shade which might inspire you for new creations.
If you enjoy crocheting and would like to make a statement decoration for your home – see this GIANT GARLAND WITH CRYSTALS – new ideas for home decoration.
MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS 3D SNOWFLAKE:
A. White Yarn and appropriate size Crochet Hook. The more delicate the yarn, the more delicate the snowflake will be. (The thread I used was very thin, so I doubled it, and crocheted with hook UK size 4.)
B. White Glue (to make stiffener with water 1:1) and Brush.
C. Silver Thread for embellishment.
D. Pearls and Crystals to decorate.
E. Carton Box, Stainless Pins, Carton Box, Plastic Wrap.
Below you can see the detailed tutorial for my crochet pattern and the description of snowflake’s stiffening and assembling process.
Abbreviation: ch= chain stitch, sl st= slip stitch, sc= single crochet, dc= double crochet, hdc= half double crochet, tc= treble crochet, tc2tog= treble crochet two stitches together, p=picot, st= stitch, lp= loop.
CROCHET PATTERN FOR SNOWFLAKE:
Row 1: cs 4, sl st 1 in first cs (picture 1).
Row 2: cs 1, *sc 1 in 1st row loop, p 1*, repeat *…* 5 times, sl st in this row’s first cs (picture 2).
Row 3: cs 8, skip 2nd row’s 1st sc and picot, then dc 1 in the 2nd sc of 2nd row, *cs 5, skip last row’s picot, then dc 1 in next sc of previous row*. Repeat *…* 4 times, cs 5, sl st in the 3rd cs of the loop at the beginning of this row (picture 3).
Row 4: cs 3, tc 1 in the same st where row 3 ended, *cs 1, dc 1 in the 1st loop of the 3rd row, hdc 1 in the same loop, sc 1 in the same loop, hdc 1 in the same loop, dc 1 in the same loop, cs 1, tc2tog in the dc of the 3rd row*. Repeat *…* 4 times, cs 1, dc 1 in the last loop of the 3rd row, hdc 1 in the same loop, sc 1 in the same loop, hdc 1 in the same loop, dc 1 in the same loop, cs 1, then sl st in the 3rd cs of the beginning of row 4 (picture 4).
Row 5: cs 3, tc 1 in the same st where row 4 ended, *cs 4, sl st in the last tc of this row, cs 7, sl st in the 4th cs from hook, cs 3, sl st in the same tc as before, cs 4, sl st in the same tc as before, cs 5, skip dc and hdc or previous row, then sc 1 in the 1st sc of row 4, then cs 4, sl st in the last sc, sc 1 in the same sc of previous row where last sc was crocheted, cs 5, skip the 4th row´s next hdc and dc, then tc2tog 1 in the tc2tog of row 4*. Repeat *…* 4 times, then cs 5, skip dc and hdc or previous row, then sc 1 in the sc of row 4, then cs 4, sl st in the last sc, sc 1 in the same sc of previous row where last sc was crocheted, cs 5, then sl st in the top of the first tc of this row. Pull thread through the last loop and cut it off (picture 5). Snowflake is finished!
To make 3D snowflake you need to crochet 3 snowflakes of the same pattern.
You can either use the snowflake pattern I have provided above or choose the snowflake pattern that you like. There are many websites and blogs that provide patterns for crocheted snowflakes. For example, Snowcatcher’s pattern directory offers a wonderful choice of beautiful snowflakes.
STEPS OF HOW TO MAKE 3D CROCHET SNOWFLAKE:
STEP 1: Crochet 3 identical snowflakes.
STEP 2: Make mix of white glue and water 1:1 to stiffen the snowflakes. Put your snowflakes on the plastic and apply the mix of glue so that the whole snowflake on both sides would soak through with it (picture 6).
STEP 3: Take carton box (I used big shoe box) and wrap it in plastic. Then fix with pins 1 snowflake flat in the bottom on the box. Make sure you fix it in its correct, regular shape. (If necessary you can sketch the graph of regular spider net with 6 beams – on the box below the plastic, so you can see where exactly each part of the snowflake needs to be pinned to get its regular shape.)
The other 2 snowflakes – each of them you will need to fix over the edge of the box where they need to be folded at 90 degree angle. You need to fold them at the line which you choose to be the central line for 3d snowflake. Both snowflakes need to be folded on the same line (picture 7). Make sure to fix them in the regular shape. If necessary use the graph on the box. Let dry overnight.
STEP 4: Remove dry snowflakes from the box. Now you have 1 flat snowflake which is completed and 2 snowflakes that are folded at 90 degree angle. These two snowflakes need to be bent more: to 60 degree angle. Gently press them with your fingers until they remain in 60 degree angle.
You can see on the picture 8 that one snowflake is flat; snowflake on the left side is still at its original 90 degree angle; while snowflake on the right is bent to 60 degree angle as it should be. You need both of them to be at 60 degree angle.
STEP 5: This step you can do or skip – as you prefer. I like to embellish all 3 snowflakes around their outer edge with silver thread that adds additional sparkle and looks very delicate and beautiful on the 3D snowflake. It shines nicely when the finished snowflake is hung up and turns.
To do it, I thread the needle with silver thread and wrap it around the outer edge of each snowflake.
STEP 6: Join all 3 snowflakes together. The flat snowflake is the central snowflake. Take the 1st folded snowflake and fix it with the thread (I use the silver thread) at the both ends of its folding line to the flat snowflake at the line which is the same as the folding line on the folded snowflake. Take the other folded snowflake and attach it to the other side of the flat snowflake at both ends of the folding line.
STEP 7: This step you can do or skip (if you are happy with the shape of your 3d snowflake, where all its edges are 60 degrees away from each other). To ensure that snowflake really keeps all of its 60 degree angles and also to decorate it more – I like to add 6 pearls – 1 pearl in the middle of each of 60 degree angles (picture 9).
To do it, I thread the needle with elastic thread or with very strong thread, and pierce it horizontally through the middle line of the snowflake, adding each pearl in its folded angle. When I have added the last pearl in its place, I join the ends of the thread together so that all 6 pearls would hold in a nice circle right in the middle of the snowflake (picture 9).
STEP 8: Attach (silver) thread as loop on the top of the snowflake to be able to hang it. And other thread at the bottom of snowflake (picture 10). You can decorate this down thread with different pearls and crystals – it will look like an icicle and will be beautiful on the hanging snowflake (see the picture above with 3 snowflakes).
Enjoy the result of your work – for decorating or for giving it as a gift! :-)
If you enjoyed this tutorial – you might also find inspiring this tutorial about making Unique Lampshade. And if you enjoy crocheting lace, then there is another idea for using it for a different kind of lampshade.
Let me know if you have any questions about this tutorial!