# How to Make 6-Pointed Paper Snowflakes

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.

## Step 2: Step 2

Fold the square of paper diagonally to make a triangle.

## Step 3: Step 3

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

## Step 4: Step 4

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.

## Step 5: Step 5

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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zakra7 hours ago

IraP20 days ago

I did it today!

Those look great!
23 hours ago
WOW!!! Can I hire u to make me some, lol
Nice!

Yaaay. Thanks for posting!

KatrinaC2yesterday

my snowflake came out in a reactangle shape

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) :(

JaNieceW2 days ago

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

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

kaylah120 days ago

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

18 days ago

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

5 days ago
I was doing the same thing. Turns out I was folding it one too many times.
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!!!

loomergirl6 days ago

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

DanaA17 days ago

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

genny.ward.799 days 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.

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.
grannyjones10 days 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.vukici13 days ago

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

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

Nicely done!

Papel y lapíz made it!11 days ago

Yay!

LirikKS12 days ago

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

susan.vukici13 days ago

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

ajones12714 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!
3of514 days ago
You made my thinker hurt reading all the copying instructions, sure helps alot. Thanks!

Ta Da!

gabsmith4515 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.

nwaordu18 days ago

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

sarah.mawson.16518 days ago

i dont understand