# 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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BubbaGump123 says: 11 days ago
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) in reply to BubbaGump12310 days 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?
BubbaGump123 in reply to ReadsInTrees10 days ago
I guess you could try showing more images for that step. I would have an image for each part of steps 4-6.
Hmm...there is an image for each part of those steps. I included a drawn instruction as well in Step 4 for those steps, but each step does have an image.
123creation says: 4 days ago
Thanks fr the instructions on these beautiful snowflakes. They look great on my wall!
You're welcome! If you used white paper, try hanging them on your windows. They look great against the black of night!
WUVIE says: 3 days ago
Oh, I love these! Great Instructable!

Somewhere in all the paper files in this house, I have some patterns. Thanks for reminding me! I'll have to find them, and use some of yours, too.
Thank you! I hope my guide to "Analyzing a Snowflake" can help you imitate snowflakes that you see when there's no template available.
BubbaGump123 says: 10 days ago
How do you make the points super sharp?
BubbaGump123 in reply to BubbaGump12310 days ago
nevermind
dcms4 says: 14 days ago
This was very cool and provided some great tips. But I would have really liked to see the folded cut out version of all of the designs you showed. Technique is great, but actually making something beautiful takes talent. Not all of us are talented, but most of us can follow directions. :)
ReadsInTrees (author) in reply to dcms413 days ago
Hi, thanks for visiting my page!

I don't provide templates because I believe this stifles creativity. Part of the technique is figuring out which sort of cuts are going to make which sorts of designs. If you're only copying someone else's design, you're not learning. There are plenty of tutorials out there that will just tell someone how to make some basic designs while including some templates to copy....I wanted my tutorial to be different, to actually teach the technique itself instead of coddling. Steps 10 and 11 delve into how to look at a snowflake you like and envision the "template" for that snowflake....Trust me, many of the snowflakes don't look like anything when they're folded up...just a little squiggly piece of paper scrap. Only when it's unfolded can you see the overall design, and by analyzing the snowflake, as in step 10, you can see how the "template" relates to the overall design.

Happy scissoring!
Matt2 Silver says: 19 days ago
wow 1.6 million views in about 11 days, good for you!! Great instructable, I learned how to make these in 6th grade and forgot over the years, nice to have a refresher, Thank you :).
ReadsInTrees (author) in reply to Matt2 Silver19 days ago
Oh goodness, no, it's been more than 11 days. This was posted in 2009.
Matt2 Silver in reply to ReadsInTrees18 days ago
Oh well color me embarrassed. In any case it's still a really good instructable thank you for sharing it.
Mielameri says: 19 days ago
These are simply fabulous! Thank you!
ReadsInTrees (author) in reply to Mielameri19 days ago
Thank you! Glad you enjoy them!
entropy888 says: 19 days ago
excellent instructable
ReadsInTrees (author) in reply to entropy88819 days ago
Thank you!
Dejaykomm says: 2 years ago
My first attempts at the 6 point snowflake. :-) comments appreciated. :-)
BigRed1973 in reply to Dejaykomm20 days ago
Nicely done!! Pretty impressive for a first attempt, too.....
Kelly02 in reply to Dejaykomm5 months ago
They are so beautiful!!!!
amerari in reply to Dejaykomm1 year ago
beautiful
Dejaykomm in reply to amerari1 year ago
:-) Thankyou.
ReadsInTrees (author) in reply to Dejaykomm2 years ago
Nice job! I hope my instructions and tips were helpful.
Dejaykomm in reply to ReadsInTrees2 years ago
it was your tutoring and design styles that led the way. :-)
Swirlysmile in reply to Dejaykomm2 years ago
Beautiful!
Dejaykomm in reply to Swirlysmile1 year ago
:-) Thankyou!!
Olympus Architect says: 11 months ago
Annabeth doesn't get confused. Just saying. ;)
1 year ago
how do you imagine a triangle in thirds i am very confused.
ReadsInTrees (author) in reply to annabeth of camp half-blood11 months ago
I have added a second picture to hopefully make this step easier to understand.
tphillips14 says: 11 months ago
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) in reply to tphillips1411 months ago
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: 11 months ago
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) in reply to Throckmorzog11 months ago
Glad that everyone had fun! I'd love to see pictures of your windows!
sturner18 says: 11 months ago
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: 11 months ago
Thank you. I really enjoyed making these!
mhudson11 says: 1 year ago
Awesome! Thank you!
PaganRaven says: 1 year ago
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) in reply to PaganRaven1 year ago
Thank you! I hope my instructions and tips help you make beautiful snowflakes of your own! Happy Solstice!
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