How to Make 6-Pointed Paper Snowflakes
11 Steps
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

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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Olympus Architect says: Jan 7, 2013. 1:42 PM
Annabeth doesn't get confused. Just saying. ;)
Dec 10, 2012. 9:34 AM
how do you imagine a triangle in thirds i am very confused.
ReadsInTrees (author) says: Dec 27, 2012. 12:49 PM
I have added a second picture to hopefully make this step easier to understand.
tphillips14 says: Dec 22, 2012. 5:59 PM
Thank you so much for posting and sharing this!! We are making these as a Girl Scout project to send to the children at Sandy Hook Elementary school.
ReadsInTrees (author) says: Dec 26, 2012. 4:54 AM
I also hosted a paper snowflake workshop at my local library to make snowflakes to send to Sandy Hook. It was very last minute, but we still had over 50 people show up (lots of kids), we made 160 snowflakes, and I think a few people left with a new skill up their sleeve.
Throckmorzog says: Dec 25, 2012. 5:51 PM
Great instructions and beautiful scissor work!! Spent Christmas eve making these with nieces and nephews. Thank you, my windows now look spectacular at almost no cost, and we had so much fun. : )
ReadsInTrees (author) says: Dec 26, 2012. 4:47 AM
Glad that everyone had fun! I'd love to see pictures of your windows!
sturner18 says: Dec 22, 2012. 4:12 PM
Thanks so much for this, just putting finishing touches on a Santa Sack and wanted to add snowflakes, couldnt quite remember how to do this. Worked Fab, great instructions and used White Fabric filling to give a a realistic feel. Thanks Again.
yongeeks says: Dec 19, 2012. 9:10 AM
Thank you. I really enjoyed making these!
mhudson11 says: Dec 5, 2012. 2:42 PM
Awesome! Thank you!
PaganRaven says: Nov 29, 2012. 3:01 PM
I have to tell you that your snowflakes are gorgeous! I've tried all my life to do this and they never look quite as good. I know you posted this a year ago, and I'm a late starter on Instructables (totally addicted now) but I hope at some point you do read this. Merry Yule and a warm winter Solstice!!
ReadsInTrees (author) says: Nov 29, 2012. 3:58 PM
Thank you! I hope my instructions and tips help you make beautiful snowflakes of your own! Happy Solstice!
Dejaykomm says: Dec 8, 2011. 10:26 AM
My first attempts at the 6 point snowflake. :-) comments appreciated. :-)
amerari says: Jul 8, 2012. 9:34 PM
beautiful
Dejaykomm says: Oct 11, 2012. 9:55 AM
:-) Thankyou.
ReadsInTrees (author) says: Dec 8, 2011. 11:20 AM
Nice job! I hope my instructions and tips were helpful.
Dejaykomm says: Dec 8, 2011. 12:09 PM
it was your tutoring and design styles that led the way. :-)
Swirlysmile says: Dec 8, 2011. 11:18 AM
Beautiful!
Dejaykomm says: Oct 11, 2012. 9:56 AM
:-) Thankyou!!
reganbella says: Jun 27, 2012. 10:51 AM
I think I folded mine wrong. Instead of turning out circular, like a snowflake would be, mine turned out rectangular. Yours are great though!!! They look so intricate!
karmar22 says: Dec 13, 2010. 2:00 AM
I must be really stupid because mine turned out completely hollow and looked nothing like a snowflake!
pammybear says: Feb 2, 2012. 4:33 PM
karmar22 - I did exactly the same thing. I found out I was cutting the wrong piece. I thought I was supposed to cut the top part, because that's what it looks like in the picture, but if you cut the bottom plain triangle that is cut off, it comes out really nice.
Dr.Bill says: Dec 24, 2011. 7:42 PM
Thank You Thank You My Wife Loves Me Again !
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Aloha !
MommasArtMess says: Dec 22, 2011. 7:31 PM
Good job on the directions! I teach art and include both this method (which my mom shared when I was five or six years old) and one that uses a circle. I love sharing the patterns with kids and letting them feel superior that their flakes are *correct* multiples of three.
Imjetta says: Dec 21, 2011. 11:10 PM
Ohhhhh dreamy! These are so much prettier than Martha Stewarts! Thank you!
ReadsInTrees (author) says: Dec 22, 2011. 5:11 AM
Haha, thanks! You know it does irk me a little that when you Google "How To Make Paper Snowflakes" my how-to shows up at #3 and HERS is at #2. Argh.
dangjena says: Dec 20, 2011. 5:19 AM
This was amazing! Super instructions and beautiful work. Well done, friend.
jbrecken says: Dec 15, 2011. 9:12 AM
I decorated my cubicle one year with Post-It notes transformed into snowflakes using more or less this technique. The only difference is that with the smaller paper there wasn't room for too many cuts.
maggieelrod says: Dec 15, 2011. 6:56 AM
just wanted to thank you for your time to go into such detail to explain how to do this. Merry Christmas!
Maggie Elrod
ReadsInTrees (author) says: Dec 15, 2011. 8:12 AM
You're welcome! I hope you're having fun making snowflakes!
designteach says: Dec 15, 2011. 7:05 AM
Excellent instructions! Enjoyed making these in class today!
sconnaire618 says: Dec 8, 2011. 6:53 PM
I love this - so does my 9 year-old. Our window is well on it's way to a winter wonderland! Thank you for taking the time to instruct!
Swirlysmile says: Dec 8, 2011. 11:18 AM
This is a GREAT instructable. thank you! I'd forgotten how to fold. Now I just need to be more adventurous in my cuts. I predict a snow day in my house during winter school break for my daughter. :D
daguilar4 says: Dec 8, 2011. 11:03 AM
Made mine thanks for this I loved it , posted on my facebook

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/392244_2187605741185_1578316978_31622056_1266856817_n.jpg
Dejaykomm says: Dec 8, 2011. 7:54 AM
Best snowflake ins'ble I have seen! Made 6 already! Think I am gonna need more paper!! :-)
dwirsz says: Dec 6, 2011. 11:53 AM
First attempt
ReadsInTrees (author) says: Dec 6, 2011. 3:30 PM
Excellent for a first attempt. Must've had a good teacher!
dwirsz says: Dec 6, 2011. 11:50 AM
Very nice instruction guide. Very easy to follow. I have been making other kinds of snow flakes for years, but this is my first attempt at a 6 pointer. Thought I would upload a pic of my first attempt at your six point style... Let me know what you think.
lgrochowsky says: Dec 4, 2011. 2:10 PM
I love your directions and that is a beautiful snowflake.
ReadsInTrees (author) says: Nov 16, 2011. 6:20 PM
If you guys liked this one, feel free to browse my gallery of snowflakes on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmdsnowflakes/sets/
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