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It is nearly time for snow in the northeast. Let's celebrate by making our own! Also, when the 'holidays' get here paper snowflakes make nice non-denominational decorations, not to mention powerful ammunition for the "war on Christmas". Happy holidays.
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Step 1: Get your paper

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I'll be using 8 1/2 by 11 inch plain white paper from my huge pack of paper which was rendered useless when we updated to vista and discovered Lexmark was not releasing drivers for my printer for vista. You can use what ever paper you would like. It's a free and polluted country; your snowflakes can be any color you like.

Step 2: First fold

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Fold your paper in half the long way.

Step 3: Mark the middle

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Fold the paper in half again and just crease it at the bottom. I find this helps me with the next folds.

Step 4: Fold into thirds

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First fold one side over and then the other. Then you have to finagle with it to make the thirds even. When they are even crease them very well.

Step 5: Now sixths

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Fold it in half again so you have sixths. Make sure the short part is on the outside, as shown. If it is on the inside it makes it easy to make cuts which will not show on all layers.

Step 6: Cut

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Cut out your snowflake. I always make my points on the fold, though I suppose there is no reason you have to. The lines on the first picture show about how I cut to make the snowflake shown. You can cut how ever you would like. I used kitchen shears to make these snowflakes. You should use better scissors if you have them, or an exacto knife if you want to be really fancy. I could only find kitchen shears and fabric scissors, so kitchen shears it was.

Step 7: Unfold

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Unfold your snowflake and marvel at your skills.
The second picture becomes the third when unfolded.
Realist22 years ago
What is that nonsense above about "war on Christmas"? There is no war on Christmas. Just stick to the snowflake instructions, please.
peltierd4 years ago
TIP: For awesome realistic looking 'flakes, try to make all cuts at 60 degree angles.
msjfrizzle4 years ago
If you can find a protractor, you can get the folds just right by lining up the center of the protractor with the little fold mark in the middle, and then marking 60 and 120 degrees out on the edge of the protractor. The folds should run from the center fold mark, through one of the 60/120 marks, dividing your snowflake into equal 60 degree sections. This is a math activity I use with elementary students about this time of year when they're too excited to focus on paper/pencil math problems.
I use a plastic 30-60-90 triangle to make these "even thirds" folds. You can get them in the art, school, or office section of any store. Still have to "finagle" a bit, but quick and easy. Best!
mechelle0034 years ago
i don`t get it
Don't get what? We can help you if we know where you are having trouble.
who invented the snowflake makeing thing? and how did they come up with it...i cant seem to find anything out on this subject and im doing a project about snowflakes for school and i need to figure out who stated it and how it was started if u would plz comment back i would apresheate it
nkem12346 years ago
i don't understand how to do this step...
coolboy456 years ago
oh OK thank you
coolboy456 years ago
whats finagle
Papersatan (author)  coolboy456 years ago
It means fiddle with it a little bit. It can be hard to make them line up properly on your first try, so just keep adjusting it until they are even.
kibbler6 years ago
Northeast... Where do you live? (state)
Papersatan (author)  kibbler6 years ago
Western New York.