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.
Step 1: Get your paper
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
Fold your paper in half the long way.
Step 3: Mark the middle
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
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
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
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
Unfold your snowflake and marvel at your skills.
The second picture becomes the third when unfolded.