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
Any square paper / origami paper (1 paper makes 1 snowflake)
Fold the paper in half twice to get crease lines.
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.
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.
Fold flap B behind, aligning the blue and red edges. You should get a heart-like shape.
Cut along the blue line. Use the 2 “X”s as points of reference. We only want to keep the portion labelled A.
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.
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).
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.