Introduction: Better Paper Snowflakes
For more than ten years now I've had the holiday tradition of making paper snowflakes as gifts for friends and family. They have quickly become favorites this time of year. I wrote up the instructions here on instructables in 2008 and was warmly recieved (200,000+ views?!?). But, there was a problem . . .
See, in real life snowflakes have six sides, not eight. Thus, I present a new instructable for six sided snowflakes!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
-Good Scissors (Yes, I said good scissors. Spend $10. It'll be worth it)
Step 2: Step 1: Fold
The hardest part of making a six sided snowflake is folding the paper in thirds. Lot's of web sites tell you to do this, but I will tell you how to do it. It's not even that hard. Get your paper and lets get started.
- Start with the paper on the table in front of you, as though you were going to write a letter.
- Fold the bottom edge up to the top edge, classic hamburger style, to fold the paper in half.
- Get your ruler out (this is the only time you'll need it) and make a small mark in the top left corner of the paper
- Flip the paper over horizontally. The creased edge should still be down towards you and the pencil mark you made should now be on the back, top, right corner.
- Fold a small (1/2") refence crease by bringing the two bottom corners together. Open the paper back up.
- Fold a diagonal crease from the bottom of your reference crease to the pecil mark by bringing the bottom right corner up and across. (see photo)
- Flip the paper horizontally and repeat the last fold bringing the bottom edge up angainst the diagonal crease you made in step six. (see photo for the finished fold) I think it kind of looks like a reindeer head.
- With the point pointing to you, fold the 'reindeer head' in half horizontally.
And you're done! . . . well, with folding at least. Didn't even need a protractor.
Step 3: Step 2- Design
The first thing I suggest you do is cut off the excess paper that cannot be used in your design. You don't have to, but it'll make this a bit easier. From our last fold flip the paper over horizontally. You will see an edge running diagonal up and to the right about a third of the way from the top of the paper. Cut everything above it off. (See photo)
Now draw your design. For this snowflake I'll make a robot. When drawing your design follow these rules and suggestions:
- The design must touch both sides of the paper and must be continuous from top to bottom. If these two must's are not kept you will get pieces, not a snowflake.
- Anything on the folded edges will be mirrored. If you draw half of something here the other half will magically appear later.
- Straight lines are easier to cut than curves.
Got it? Great! Now get a good grip on your scissors . . .
Step 4: Step 3- Cut
Helpful cutting hints:
- Cut out the tricky parts first. Make a bit of a mental plan how you're going to go about it. You may find it helpful to number each part in the order you will cut them out. (See photo)
- Leave parts attached to hold on to. The cutting gets harder as you go along because you have less and less to hold on to as you cut bits off. Doing all the cuts but a cut in from the edge will leave you sometihng to hold on to but also be easy to finish. (See the photo with notes on the robo crotch)
- Go slow and be careful. Yeah, I already said that, but it's worth repeating.