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Picture of Making (Six-Sided) Paper Snowflakes LIKE A BOSS
I started making paper snowflakes pretty much from the moment my parents decided young me could be trusted not to maim herself or her siblings with scissors. There was a dearth of papercutting during my teenage years, but I picked it up again in college. Oh boy did I ever pick it up again. :B

Here's how I do what I do.

Time: Varies
Skill: Moderate
Caution: This project calls for the use of very sharp knives.

BE RESPONSIBLE WITH STABBY, CUTTY THINGS, M'KAY?
 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Need for Sure
  • Paper
  • Craft knife (X-acto, etc.) or very sharp, fine-tipped scissors. Craft knives are better, though.
  • Cutting mat. I find flattened cereal boxes are excellent for this. (Don't use corrugated cardboard as a cutting mat. The knives will just punch right through the top layer into the spaces between, making your cuts too large and destroying any fine details there might be in your design.)
Recommended
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Protractor
  • Ruler
  • Compass
Optional
  • Various design templates and stencils

Step 2: Foldin' Foldin' Foldin'

Instead of folding the paper in half over and over, the trick to making six-sided paper snowflakes is to fold it first in half and then at 60°.

Basically you divide 360 by however many sides you want, and that will tell you at which angle to fold the paper to get that number of sides.

360° / 4 = 90°
360° / 6 = 60°
360° / 8 = 45°
360° / 10 = 36°
360° / 12 = 30°
360° / 14 = 25.714285etc. ...Okay, so maybe not that one.

Anything over eight sides starts getting too thick for extreme detail anyway.

The end result will be slightly different depending on whether you fold the paper in half along the long axis or the short. The overall surface area is the same, the shape is just a bit different, and you can use this to your advantage to maximize the space available for certain designs.
Fortey6 months ago
may I order a Superman one I will pay you for it
Chimera Dragonfang (author)  Fortey5 months ago

I charge $15 per snowflake (more if they're really detailed). PM me if you're serious about this.

JenPat6 months ago

I did this last winter with colored/sparkly tissue paper but am nowhere NEAR this level. The best I did was an angel with a heart cut out on her chest (& she had a seriously lopsided head, lol). These are works of art & I'm so glad you take the time to laminate & preserve them. Can't wait to see more!! Beautiful!

Chimera Dragonfang (author)  JenPat5 months ago

I know one person on deviantART who most often makes snowflakes out of metallic wrapping paper. It's really thin, so it's great for tiny details, but definitely must be laminated because the flakes will tear super easy otherwise.

yoyology6 months ago

Wonderful work! Have you ever played around with the Make-a-Flake site for inspiration? It's fun to see what people have done there. http://snowflakes.barkleyus.com/

I've been obsessed with making detailed six-sided paper snowflakes for years. Yours are amazing. Keep it up!

Chimera Dragonfang (author)  yoyology5 months ago

One of the site's creators sent me a link after coming across my snowflakes a few years ago, in fact. Can't say I like the new UI at all; it used to be way easier to draw things. There are some neat designs, but I've never used the site much.

BigRed19735 months ago

You had me at stabby, cutty things!!!! Awesome ible!!

kevenr176 months ago

Man this is freaking AMAZING!!!! I'm mesmerized!!

ccooker6 months ago
Great job. Thinking of a tattoo ideas like this.
BalderRask6 months ago
Good thing I'm on the toilet cuz I just CRAPPED MYSELF!!!
Mielameri6 months ago
LIKE A BOSS, indeed! So intricate and made of awesome

These are amazing!

psychofilly6 months ago

You are indeed, a boss.