How to Make 3D Crochet Snowflake Ornament: DIY Tutorial

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…


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.


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.


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.


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!

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38 Responses to How to Make 3D Crochet Snowflake Ornament: DIY Tutorial

  1. nsangheetha says:

    Very pretty snowflakes and wonderful tutorial on making it as 3-D Snowflakes. Will definitely give a try.
    And thanks a ton for your very kind words on my blog. I am moved my such kindness and patience you showed to me.God bless us all.

    • Thank you, Sangheetha! I think that quite often we are too strict with ourself regarding our crafts :-) It should be more a journey of fun and acceptance, no matter the result :-)

  2. dillytante says:

    Wow these are amazing. If you can bear to part with them they will make great yarn bombs.

    • Thank you! I was planning to yarn bomb with 2d snowflake – like the one of yours. I think they look really nice on a tree – the person who sees it immediately gets the idea that is a snowflake. And my husband would never agree that I put a 3d piece somewhere up in the tree (unless it is a tree in family´s garden)…

  3. CrochetQueen says:

    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog! I love your crochet 3-D snowflake tutorial — it’s gorgeous! I’m also going to have to make that lampshade. You have the greatest tutorials!

  4. gossycrafts says:

    I am so glad that you left a comment for me – I don’t know if I would have found your blog otherwise and I’m so excited at the prospect of reading through your post archive! :)

  5. pandercraft says:

    Thanks for the blog comment :)
    These turned out so pretty! Our tree is already decorated but I think these would be fun to hang in our entryway. Or maybe to give as small holiday gifts to my interns… is this sportweight yarn? Or what kind? I haven’t made anything so delicate yet, always chunky and warm things for brutal Chicago winter.

    • Thank you too for your comment! :-) This is lace yarn. It was so thin that I used it in double layer so I cold work with a bit bigger hook. If I kept just 1 layer then this snowflake would be too fragile and not hold its shape so well. I believe one can also work with thicker yarn – the snowflake will be bigger and thicker. But it will still be possible to soak it in stiffener and it will get stiff. The only issue you need to consider is what kind of look you want to achieve with this snowflake – delicate or more impressive size etc. The thinner the yarn, the more delicate the snowflake. My family prefer having rather small ornaments, so I crochet with lace yarn, but still – i make it enough comfortable for my crocheting and that´s why I use doubled thread.
      Please, let me know if I can be of any help for you!

  6. Thank you for bringing my attention to your blog by commenting on mine – Your 3D snowflakes are beautiful! I’ve never crocheted with thread before, but this project could get me to try it. I can’t wait to make some! Thank you for providing the snowflake patterns link; I can’t help but wonder how all of those will look when crocheted in 3D too!

  7. Wow, I love your snowflakes, definitely at the top of my to-do list! Also, thank you for your comment on my blog. Christmas Wishes :D

  8. lindacee says:

    That’s gorgeous! I don’t like snow but my first crochet project was a set of (extremely easy) snowflakes, I may have to try some like this and challenge myself :)

  9. Thank you, Linda! That´s funny that your first crochet project consisted of snowflakes :-)

    • lindacee says:

      Whats really funny is I had learned to crochet nearly a year before this but nothing else had inspired me enough to try making it :) I still have trouble believing snow was my first project since I still don’t like the stuff! But I’m going to make time in January for this project (be my first ornament of the new year, maybe I will make my goal)

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  11. Jen says:

    So cute and pretty! I’ll have to try them out. I’m making my gifts for Christmas so I may have to add some of these to the gift baskets!

  12. Liz says:

    Those are so pretty. Your step by step tutorials are easy to follow. I have made one-dimensional flakes, but never thought of 3-d. I like that you use white glue to stiffen. I use the fabric stiffener which can become quite hard to find in the area that I live. I am going to give the white glue a try. Great job!

    • Thank you, Liz! Making 3d is easy – same 2d snowflakes, just 2 of the set are dried at an angle. I can share another tip about white glue that I learnt painful way this season. It turns out that different brands of glue can be different white, some are nearly gray. It´s good to check if you are happy with how white that glue is – the whiter the glue, the brighter snowflakes look. Also – sometimes the glue is rather liquid and then it is better to use less water. If snowflakes after drying are not enough stiff, then I make another glue+water mix that is more dense (more glue, less water) and apply it on the same snowflake again – then they are stiff enough after drying.
      The best thing about using glue &water mix – it is so much cheaper than fabric stiffener :-)

  13. handstitch says:

    Oooooh..terrific tutorial! I’m so ready to yarn-bomb our town with some bright, lifting stars…and hopes!

  14. Beautiful tutorial! There are lots of wonderful crochet snowflakes out there but this tops them all.

  15. Snowcatcher says:

    I’ve been wanting to do a tutorial on this for about two years now, and you’ve saved me from my own procrastination. Thank you for such perfect instructions. Love the added touch of the beads!

  16. Karen Quinn says:

    You make absolutely gorgeous snowflakes. I looked at your snowflakes page and just couldn’t believe how beautiful they are. I love your 3-D tutorial. You have made it very easy to understand. Thank you!

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  20. antonella says:

    Splendido fiocco di neve!! Ti ringrazio per avermi dato questa bellissima idea!
    Auguri di buone feste

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  22. barb in tennessee says:

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful crochet snowflakes !
    Your tutorial is easy to follow, and makes me want to crochet more snowflakes.
    I wwant to make several and hang them in the window. Can’t you picture the sun
    on the beads ? There will be a rainbow and snowflakes.

    • Thank you, Barb! You are right – sun shining through crystals makes rainbows on the walls, it is just my bad photographer skills that I don´t manage to capture this beauty with camera…

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