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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.

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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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loomergirl7 months ago

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

DanaA17 months ago

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

genny.ward.797 months ago

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.797 months 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.
grannyjones7 months ago

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.

susan.vukici7 months ago

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

ReadsInTrees (author)  susan.vukici7 months ago

I'm glad you're having fun!

nroybal made it!7 months ago

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

ReadsInTrees (author)  nroybal7 months ago

Nicely done!

Papel y lapíz made it!7 months ago


LirikKS7 months ago

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

susan.vukici7 months ago

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

arlod27 months 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!
3of58 months ago
You made my thinker hurt reading all the copying instructions, sure helps alot. Thanks!
gabsmith45 made it!8 months ago

Ta Da!

gabsmith458 months 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.

nwaordu8 months 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.1658 months ago

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

IraP8 months ago

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

davidbarcomb8 months ago

Great intructable! Thanks

Cicharisse8 months ago

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

AngelinexA8 months ago

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

ReadsInTrees (author)  AngelinexA8 months ago
I'm glad that my instructions were helpful!
oldroselace8 months ago

This brings me back to my youth, and my son's, and my grand-son's. I'm sure they will always be in style. It's a good way to unwind as well.

oldroselace8 months ago

This brings me back to my youth, and my son's, and my grand-son's. I'm sure they will always be in style. It's a good way to unwind as well.

CaseyB28 months ago

I love making paper snowflakes! They make wonderful wall decor!

sindy.vega8 months ago

thank you very much for this imfo. my granddaughters b-day is frozen theme so i decided to use the snowflakes

Dejaykomm3 years ago
My first attempts at the 6 point snowflake. :-) comments appreciated. :-)

I like the tree looking one on the top right, looks really cool!

Nicely done!! Pretty impressive for a first attempt, too.....
They are so beautiful!!!!
:-) Thankyou!!
:-) Thankyou.
ReadsInTrees (author)  Dejaykomm3 years ago
Nice job! I hope my instructions and tips were helpful.
it was your tutoring and design styles that led the way. :-)
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