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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.

Be sure that you follow each step carefully. Each step is one fold, but some steps have two pictures shown to help explain things, so please read the description underneath.

Instructables.com doesn't always show all of the steps on one page, so hit "next" to go on to the next step. Steps 4-6 tend to be the trickiest, so step 6 has an extra image to hopefully help explain better for those who are having difficulty.

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: Start With a Square

First, begin with a square piece of copy paper.

I have outlined the edges of my paper in blue to make it easier to follow along with the steps. As I fold, I keep the paper in place, so you shouldn't need to rotate or flip over the paper to follow along (unless otherwise stated). Just fold it exactly as it shows.

(TO MAKE A SQUARE: You can make a square from a rectangular piece of paper simply by folding one corner down to form an isosceles triangle and trimming off the excess paper. See second picture.)

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.

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<p>One of the ladies at the craft class I teach has asked to do these. I'd bet my bottom dollar we'll have quite a few copies of your fine example before the day is done. </p><p>Good effort, my friend. A fine effort at a unique snowflake. :)</p>
<p>One of the ladies at the craft class I teach has asked to do these. I'd bet my bottom dollar we'll have quite a few copies of your fine example before the day is done. </p><p>Good effort, my friend. A fine effort at a unique snowflake. :)</p>
<p>One of the ladies at the craft class I teach has asked to do these. I'd bet my bottom dollar we'll have quite a few copies of your fine example before the day is done. </p><p>Good effort, my friend. A fine effort at a unique snowflake. :)</p>
<p>One of the ladies at the craft class I teach has asked to do these. I'd bet my bottom dollar we'll have quite a few copies of your fine example before the day is done. </p><p>Good effort, my friend. A fine effort at a unique snowflake. :)</p>
<p>Awesome!</p><p><a href="http://amzn.to/1WDO4mS" rel="nofollow">Would paper like this work?</a></p>
<p>directions too confusing, burned off right nipple</p>
<p>Thanks a lot for the easy tutorials! I just made these snowflakes following your steps.</p>
<p>Made it. The instructions couldn't be more vivid.</p>
<p>Thats so pretty! Mine looked very alike to yours!</p>
<p>Made it. But it's not paper Snowflake, not even close</p>
It's so much fun making snowflakes and wound up being a great stress reliever! These are great instructions for fun, creative and easy snowflakes that are addictive to make and try new designs and easy fun with my son:).
<p>I'm glad my tutorial helped you find some stress relief!</p>
<p>Smh. Why does this only have one step.</p>
<p>Never mind my tigga helped me figure it out no longer smh</p>
<p>Smh. Why does this only have one step.</p>
<p>should have found it before we did our christmas tree</p>
<p>Found this on the bus to work today when I had the last minute idea to make snowflakes with young English students. Not only do older kids appreciate this better than candy, it actually helped me to break the ice with a prepubescent class I've been struggling to communicate with. Thanks!</p>
<p>Did you see what I did there? I really didn't mean to!</p>
<p>ghatiya THANKYOU</p>
<p>i can't believe i somehow managed to forget these!!! i'm going to make one RIGHT NOW. i used to make them from the plain old white paper then get them wet in water and stick them to the windows all over the place as a kid :D </p>
<p>ta-ddaaaah!</p>
<p>and another one!</p>
<p>i can't believe i somehow managed to forget these!!! i'm going to make one RIGHT NOW. i used to make them from the plain old white paper then get them wet in water and stick them to the windows all over the place as a kid :D </p>
<p>Thanks for the instructable! So pretty!</p>
<p>Awesome instructions!! I just decorated my lab. 100% better now!</p>
<p>Used your instructions to make snowflakes for the St. Nicholas baskets for our neighborhood, hope to see snowflakes on doors all over our neighborhood. Thank you so much for your all the care you put into this.</p>
<p>I used this to teach my landlady's grandson how to make these. Thanks a lot it helped!</p>
<p>Thanks for this clear tutorial!</p>
<p>Great tutorial, and it is very easy to make other patterns. Now my work cubicle is decorated with paper snowflakes. Thank you.</p>
<p>I clicked on a link at yakidee.org/how-to-make-paper-snowflakes.html which showed what looked like 3-D snowflakes made from strips of paper. That is what I was wanting to learn but it brought me here instead. Where are they? I learned how to do these simple folded ones in kindergarten over 50 years ago!</p>

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