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This step by step guide will teach you how to make SIX pointed paper snowflakes. Most people make (and most how-tos teach) snowflakes with four or eight points. Real snowflakes in nature form with six points (or occasionally three if they formed weird) so I choose to make my own with six points. I taught myself this technique in high school and have been making paper snowflakes around Christmas time ever since.

All you will need for this is paper and scissors. Some people like to use fancy paper, but I use plain white copy paper because somehow the simplicity of white is more beautiful to me.

If you want to view a gallery of my snowflakes, see me on Flickr: Paper Snowflake Gallery.

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Step 1: Step 1

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First, begin with a square piece of copy paper. I usually make two snowflakes for every 8.5"x11" piece of paper, so I first cut the paper in half, and then make a square from each half. This makes a snowflake about 5" across. If you're just learning to make snowflakes, using a full piece of paper for each snowflake may be easier to practice with.

You can make a square from a rectangular piece of paper simply by folding one corner down to form an isosceles triangle (like the one in the next step) and trimming off the excess paper.

Step 2: Step 2

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Fold the square of paper diagonally to make a triangle.

Step 3: Step 3

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Fold this larger triangle in half to make a smaller triangle.

Step 4: Step 4

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Imagine the triangle in thirds, and fold the right third over, as shown. If you want to be precise and have a protractor, each "third" in this step is a 30 degree angle.

See the explanation above, from a worksheet I made up, which should help to explain folding in thirds a little better.

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Fold the left third over. Try to get all of the folds to line up as close as possible for the most symmetrical snowflake.
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KatrinaC27 hours ago

my snowflake came out in a reactangle shape

ReadsInTrees (author)  KatrinaC23 hours ago
Give it another go, and try to follow the steps very carefully so that you don't miss any folds.

I love making snowflakes and this is the best way!!! (I would put a picture but I've got an old iPad so I can't take pics) :(

JaNieceWyesterday

Very easy seemed as if it would be hard bu turns out to be fine! i made it i just did not have a photo

MattN3 made it!2 days ago

here's what I made

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ReadsInTrees (author)  MattN3yesterday

Hmm, looks like you skipped a few steps of my tutorial. :)

MattN3 made it!2 days ago

here's what I made

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kaylah119 days ago

hellllppppp!!!! at number 6 step i end up cutting the snowflake in half! what am i doing wrong?????

nwaordu kaylah117 days ago

did you figure out what you was doing wrong because i'm in your boat

I was doing the same thing. Turns out I was folding it one too many times.
ReadsInTrees (author)  kaylah119 days ago
You may be cutting too low? This is a step where you do chop off a big chunk, but only the top. If you folded correctly to this point, you'll see that the top of the snowflake has those two paper corners making a V shape at the top. You'll be cutting those off. We need to even out the layers of folds so that everything is symmetrical, and by making the cut at an angle, that makes the final points of the snowflake.

Thank you very much for the step by step directions, they are easy to follow. The only trouble I had at first was figuring out which side you should cut off once you have it folded in thirds. I had to try it twice, but once I figured it out, it made really awesome snowflakes. I'm going to making snowflakes this afternoon for Christmas decorations with my 7 year old, which will be a blast. Thank you again! :) Happy Holidays!!!

loomergirl5 days ago

THANKS SO MUCH! I am making a lot of snowflakes for Christmas decor. Thx!

DanaA16 days ago

Thank you! Your steps and pictures were easy to follow.

I'm sorry to bother you, but did you get the first 6 steps from making a star? I was just wondering because I have been doing those steps for over 10 years to make perfect 6 point stars like the star of David.

ReadsInTrees (author)  genny.ward.798 days ago
Well, since a snowflake has six points, you'd use the same steps to make a star of David. I didn't "get" them from there when I figured out these folds 15+ years ago in high school. I just worked it out after realizing that folding in half again and again would only make multiples of 4 points (4, 8, 12). So yes, if you know how to make a 6-pointed star, then it's just the same folds.

Before I retired, I had access to an awesome computer drafting program. I wrote a macro to draw snowflakes by drawing the first 30 degree segment freehand, then using mirror, rotate, and copy commands to complete each intricate design.

Your instructions were so helpful, i am now obsessed with making these!! Thank you sooo much ;)

ReadsInTrees (author)  susan.vukici10 days ago

I'm glad you're having fun!

nroybal made it!13 days ago

Great directions and addictive on a rainy/soggy day! Here are my first six.

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ReadsInTrees (author)  nroybal10 days ago

Nicely done!

Papel y lapíz made it!10 days ago

Yay!

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LirikKS11 days ago

It's not so easy as it looks on first sight, but it is wonderful!

Your instructions were so helpful, I am now obsessed with making these!! thank you so much ;)

ajones12713 days ago
it's good to see someone else who knows that snow flakes don't have 8 sides... Join the movement for anatomically correct snowflakes!
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3of513 days ago
You made my thinker hurt reading all the copying instructions, sure helps alot. Thanks!
gabsmith45 made it!14 days ago

Ta Da!

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gabsmith4514 days ago

This is amazing! I LOVE how they all turn out different!

Thank you so much. You have done such a tremendous job on this tutorial. What a treasure!

THIS goes out to my on-line "grand-daughter" and Princess, Emerald!!! She loves Frozen and she is super smart and pretty.

nwaordu17 days ago

ok wen i open up before cutting out shapes i got 4 semi circles back to back

i dont understand

ReadsInTrees (author)  sarah.mawson.16517 days ago

If you could be more specific about which part you don't understand, I might be able to help.

IraP19 days ago

I did it today!

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ReadsInTrees (author)  IraP18 days ago
Nice!
IraP19 days ago

Thank you very much for the clear and communicative instructions! For the first time it worked for me!

Great intructable! Thanks

Cicharisse22 days ago

Amazing! I did it. Thank you. Can't wait to share with my sons.

AngelinexA23 days ago

Wow, these instructions are great. I am a very clumsy person, but I still managed to do this..

ReadsInTrees (author)  AngelinexA22 days ago
I'm glad that my instructions were helpful!
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