Introduction: Origami Snowflake

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Joyeux Noël!

These origami snowflakes make brilliant inexpensive Christmas ornaments – hang on Christmas trees, decorate on walls, windows, presents, greeting cards and anywhere you can imagine.  This project is quite intricate.  We’ll try our best to explain in words, so please follow as closely as possible.

(adapted from Snowflake by creator Dennis Walker)

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Step 1: Materials

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  1. Any square paper / origami paper (1 paper makes 1 snowflake)
  2. Scissors

Step 2:

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Fold the paper in half twice to get crease lines.

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Fold one corner of the paper to the center.  Fold the top flap out towards the edge.  This will give you two additional crease lines.

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Fold the paper in half again.  You should get something like the image on the left.  Using the two “X”s shown as points of reference, fold flap A behind (fold along the dotted line).  Turn over the paper and you should see something like image on right.

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Fold flap B behind, aligning the blue and red edges. You should get a heart-like shape.

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Cut along the blue line. Use the 2 “X”s as points of reference. We only want to keep the portion labelled A.

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Fold an edge of the hexagon towards the center to make a crease line.  Repeat for all 6 edges.   At the end of the step, you will see many crease-formed triangles within the hexagon.

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Fold an edge of the hexagon to the center again.  Using the crease lines formed in the Step 6, fold flap A to flap B (left image).  Perform the same fold pattern of folding flap A to flap B repeatedly (center image), until you get a pinwheel-like shape.  On the last flap, you may encounter a slight problem of the last flap being hidden under the folds.  Simply pull it out to get all 6 flaps sticking out (right image).

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Squash fold each flap pocket (left image).  You should get something like the center image.  It doesn’t matter which flap goes on top, so your result may not look exactly like the image on the right.

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On each of these flattened pockets, fold the two blue edges toward the center dotted line.  The purpose is to make crease lines for the next step.  You should get something like the image on the right.

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Unfold the folds done in Step 9 to reveal the crease lines.  For each pocket, bring the blue “X” toward the red “X”.  The crease lines formed in Step 9 will help.  After completing all 6 pockets, the paper should look something like the image on the right.

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Turn the paper over (left image).  Bring each pointed tip of the hexagon towards the center.  Ensure that each adjacent fold exposes a tiny flap.  Do not hide this flap beneath the fold.  You should get something like the image on the right.

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Squash fold each of the tiny flaps.  The crease lines formed are meant to help in the next step.

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Invert the folds done in Step 12, hiding the flaps neatly underneath.

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Flip over. Bring each tip from the middle as far out as possible and make a fold.
At the end of the step, you should get 12 flaps – 6 big flaps, 6 small flaps.

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Flip over.  In between any two big flaps is a small flap.  “Bring forward” each of the small flaps. Look closely at the left and center images as a guide.  At the end of the step, you should get 6 kite-like shapes (image on the right).

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For each half of a “kite”, bring the blue edge to the center of the kite (dotted).  Squash-fold the pop-up towards the edge.  You should get something like the image on the right.  You need to perform this a total of 12 times.

You’re finally done! :)

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Kare D. C.E (author)2017-11-28


NASCARLover2017 (author)2017-11-21

I couldn't make it it was to good for me

Mario AndrésI made it! (author)2015-12-24

Thanks for an excellent tutorial :)

SamHCadman (author)2015-12-24

Thanks for these instructions. I made it (but have no picture of it).

AnnaT27 made it! (author)2015-12-05

I have a hard time cutting a straight line to make the hexagon. I do it and I think it is fine. But then I bring the first edge of the hexagon to the middle and I find it really crooked. Maybe I should just draw a faint line on it. But I sort of manged. I love doing this craft. Sorry, I know it is a little blurry. Also, I did it with tracing paper because I've heard that can work nicely. Thanks for putting this craft on here. It was really fun to do. :D

nurula3 (author)2015-08-29

i made it!! yeay!! yes it is a very tricky origami to do. but you explained it really clearly and easy to understand. thank you very much :)

tgrant3 (author)2014-12-10

Really awesome and quick way to make a hexagram. Neat project to do. :)

Wild8ill (author)2013-10-29

With regards to the hexagon bit, I just drew and cut out my own. To do this I simply drew a line then another one at 60 degrees to the first. Continue this until you have a perfect hexagon.

mudypawz (author)2012-12-16

you rock love your art.You make it look so simple Thank you for the lovely art.

kolowinter (author)2012-11-08

Fantastic documentation!!! Your crisp fold lines are beautiful. It is obvious that you spent many hours editing your steps, using choice words for explanation. Thank you for taking the time to define. Once I conquered the 'confusing' steps, I could not figure a clearer way of stating what you have stated!

Alberta Leong (author)kolowinter2012-12-05

Thanks for the compliments! :) Have a Merry Merry Christmas! Here's a Christmas song for ya:

frin theas (author)2012-11-28

Really nice... I made mine a year ago with wrapping paper - thin enough to use and a nice way to upcycle after carefully (and painfully slowly for those watching) unwrapping a birthday present - and I've come back a year later to make more...

hvezdos (author)2011-12-21

But nice is also:

hvezdos (author)2011-12-21

So after some tests I try make video intruction:
it was funy

NitroRustlerDriver (author)2011-12-19

I recommend using thinner paper for this. I used a standard piece of printer paper, 8.5" square and it was a bit hard to fold during the end. Origami paper is thinner, isn't it? I bet these would look really cool made from semi-transparent tracing paper.

hvezdos (author)2011-12-13

Nice, I made some of and there are very Nice. Good and straightforward instruction

kclair2 (author)2011-12-09

i keep getting a lopsided hexagon. any suggestions?

alo bianco (author)kclair22011-12-09

Make sure you are cutting it right (when you get rid of part B).

Sometimes mine is a wee bit lopsided & I trim it a little to even it out. But it shouldn't be too noticeable...

Hard to help really...could be any of the steps you're getting wrong. Any step in particular that you find a little confusing or struggle with?

Just have to go over it again, make sure you read carefully and that your paper matches the pictures exactly.

kclair2 (author)alo bianco2011-12-12

Thanks! It was definitely in the cutting. You have to hit those two corners just perfectly. This turned out really nicely.

alo bianco (author)kclair22011-12-12

Glad to help :)

lilypop (author)kclair22011-12-12

i just found a picture of a hexagon on the internet and printed it out and used it as a stencil.

joyfulgardenpr (author)kclair22011-12-10

Wow... I'm done... It's cute, but incredibly exhausting. I'm planning to do a dozen for next year. It's too late to start for this year... Phew!

jsnider4 (author)2011-12-02

i dont understand this at all like how do you bring the blue to the red and what do you mean by saying that you unfold the folds from step 9?
i dont get this at all but i think you described the rest very well this one just really confuses me

lmought (author)jsnider42011-12-06

This one stumped me too! I figured it out and I will do my best to explain. When you lift the piece indicated by the blue X, it folds in half. At the same time you push the outside edge inward along the crease lines from the previous step. When you do this it enables the tip (blue x) to reach the red x edge.

I hope that helps. It's hard to describe but keep trying!

PammyAK (author)lmought2011-12-11

Thank you! I was so stuck!

karmamole (author)2011-12-06

Help!!! I have done this twice now and I just cant figure out what I'm supposed to do in step 16. Any clarification would be appreciated. Your finished snowflake is beautiful and I can tell mine could be too, I just can't get over that hurdle. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me.

alo bianco (author)karmamole2011-12-09

Same problem for me!! Started swearing abuse at my paper.... :/

Seriously don't understand Step 16. Got the first 2 pictures okay - but how do you 'bring it forward'??

Also, the 3rd picture looks exactly what mine looks like already...

alo bianco (author)alo bianco2011-12-09

Wait...I figured it out!! :) to can see the difference in the photos. Just look between the 1st & 2nd photo. There are these 2 little red dots, you can see in the first picture the dots are higher up, and in the 2nd they are on the corner tips. Basically those tips you see in the 2nd photo are hidden BEHIND in the first photo. You just kinda pull the flaps forward so they're sitting on top, then put the main folds back again. It ends up looking the same as it did before now the main (big) folds have covered it up again.

....Does that make any sense??

grubermeister (author)2011-12-06

This is utterly fantastic. Very clear instructions allowed this paper folding n00b to produce an amazing final product on the first try. Thanks for the great ible!

Novec (author)2011-12-04

At this point my only option is squash-fold :-)

Might have something do do with my utter ineptness at origami and the fact that I used regular copy paper, but the train wreck of a finished product actually had a certain resemblance of something beautiful. Thanks for a great instructable!

craftknowitall (author)2011-12-03

I have a friend who collects snowflakes of all kinds. I'm sure sje doesn't have this one. I'll make it for her for Christmas.

PearlZenith (author)2011-12-02

Pretty! I think the origami paper I used has too much pattern, and distracts from the intricate folds. I'm going to try waxed paper next, instead.

raviolikid (author)2011-12-01

This is glorious! You weren't kidding that this is an intricate project - but you laid it out very clearly. I will give this a shot when I have a few minutes.

Thanks for the good instructions and the fabulous photos!

phernandez7 (author)2011-12-01

I'm gonna do it for my chrismas tree! like it a lot!

Beekeeper (author)2011-12-01

Congratulations, that is the clearest set of origami instructions I have ever seen and I will definitely make at least one. Do you know how to make the Jackstone origami 3-D star? I have been trying to do this for years but am never able to complete the final steps. If you could do an equally clear and detailed instructable for the Jackstone I'd love it. Even a video...

hfuller (author)2011-11-30

It's soo pretty!! and relatively straighforward and sounds like a beginner origami person could do that.....then agian i haven't tried this yet :D

Alberta Leong (author)2011-11-30

Happy Holidays! :D

susanrm (author)2011-11-27

So pretty!!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2011-11-27

That looks amazing! And what great directions!

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