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How to Make 6-Pointed Paper Snowflakes

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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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Jo Flandez21 days 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!

binarybosses5 months ago

very clean and easy to follow instructions. good job.

SpringRobin6 months ago

Very nice Instructible! We could some snow around here.

jmarschel7 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.
bakunin7 months 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!
stormys7 months ago
WOW!, excelente!!!
jtmcdole7 months ago
These are awesome!
Gorgeous! Edward Scissors Hands has nothing on you!
AnyaAnya7 months ago
I don't get step 5 and 6. How?
magicalmajid7 months ago
coooooooooooooooooooooool
BubbaGump1238 months 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)  BubbaGump1238 months 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?
I guess you could try showing more images for that step. I would have an image for each part of steps 4-6.
ReadsInTrees (author)  BubbaGump1237 months ago
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.
123creation7 months ago
Thanks fr the instructions on these beautiful snowflakes. They look great on my wall!
ReadsInTrees (author)  123creation7 months ago
You're welcome! If you used white paper, try hanging them on your windows. They look great against the black of night!
WUVIE7 months 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.
ReadsInTrees (author)  WUVIE7 months ago
Thank you! I hope my guide to "Analyzing a Snowflake" can help you imitate snowflakes that you see when there's no template available.
BubbaGump1238 months ago
How do you make the points super sharp?
nevermind
dcms48 months 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)  dcms48 months 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 Silver8 months 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)  Matt2 Silver8 months ago
Oh goodness, no, it's been more than 11 days. This was posted in 2009.
Oh well color me embarrassed. In any case it's still a really good instructable thank you for sharing it.
Mielameri8 months ago
These are simply fabulous! Thank you!
ReadsInTrees (author)  Mielameri8 months ago
Thank you! Glad you enjoy them!
entropy8888 months ago
excellent instructable
ReadsInTrees (author)  entropy8888 months ago
Thank you!
Dejaykomm2 years ago
My first attempts at the 6 point snowflake. :-) comments appreciated. :-)
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Nicely done!! Pretty impressive for a first attempt, too.....
They are so beautiful!!!!
Beautiful!
:-) Thankyou!!
beautiful
:-) Thankyou.
ReadsInTrees (author)  Dejaykomm2 years ago
Nice job! I hope my instructions and tips were helpful.
it was your tutoring and design styles that led the way. :-)
Annabeth doesn't get confused. Just saying. ;)
how do you imagine a triangle in thirds i am very confused.
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