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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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Great intructable! Thanks

Cicharisse23 days ago

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

AngelinexA24 days ago

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

ReadsInTrees (author)  AngelinexA23 days ago
I'm glad that my instructions were helpful!
oldroselace24 days 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.

oldroselace24 days 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.

CaseyB225 days ago

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

sindy.vega29 days 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. :-)
julie.a.houston made it!3 months ago

I sat down and made over 30 this morning! Had such a great time and they came out amazing! Thanks for the instructions.

ReadsInTrees (author)  julie.a.houston1 month ago

Look at those beauties!

nstg8tr1 month ago
AlbertD1 made it!3 months ago

My first attempt. Thanks for the great instructions! Looking forward to making more paper snowflakes :)

ReadsInTrees (author)  AlbertD13 months ago

Yay! I'm glad my instructions were helpful for you!

lbronkema3 months ago

We use this method, but we use coffee filters instead of regular paper. The paper is easier to cut, especially for the kids.

esprit15d3 months ago

Thanks! Great instructions. I used them to make snowflakes for my friend's party.

AllieBrighton made it!4 months ago

I loved this!

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ReadsInTrees (author)  AllieBrighton4 months ago

Well done!

AllieBrighton made it!4 months ago

I loved this!

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Jo Flandez5 months ago

Thank you for a very good instructable on snowflakes. This comes very handy as my niece is celebrating her 7th birthday with "Frozen" movie motif. I'll use the snowflakes to decorate my brother's costume. Many many thanks!

binarybosses10 months ago

very clean and easy to follow instructions. good job.

SpringRobin11 months ago

Very nice Instructible! We could some snow around here.

jmarschel12 months ago
This is fantastic! Thank you. It had been so long since I made a paper snowflake. My 8 year old loved this. We found another link from Martha Stewart. I followed the instructions exactly and it ended up cutting the snowflake in half.
bakunin1 year ago
I've been doing mine this way since I was a kid.
A few years back I was showing my nieces how to do it and one asked me to make one with hearts.
Hmm, I haven't tried to cut that many tight curves in so many layers of paper before, I thought.
It came out awesome!
You can make very lacy loopy snowflakes by cutting like this:
- Hold the folded-up paper firmly without bending it.
- Keep the scissors stationary as you cut.
- Rotate the paper slowly into the blades as you smoothly squeeze the scissors.
- It's easier to keep the layers together if you make smaller cuts. Look for flat parts of your curves where you can join up two cuts invisibly.
- Keep your fingertips out of the way of the scissors!
stormys1 year ago
WOW!, excelente!!!
jtmcdole1 year ago
These are awesome!
Gorgeous! Edward Scissors Hands has nothing on you!
AnyaAnya1 year ago
I don't get step 5 and 6. How?
So I am doing this for my family. I am the oldest of my siblings and I am 15. I think it would help others if you explained steps 4-6 a little better, but other than that this was a very helpful project.
ReadsInTrees (author)  BubbaGump1231 year ago
Steps 4-6 are the hardest to explain and learn. I'm not sure how else to explain them better....If you figured it out, do you have any ideas on how to explain those steps better?
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