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Quick and Easy Paper Snowflakes

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Paper snowflakes are an easy and festive craft project that can be made in a matter of minutes using only paper and scissors.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Scissors

Standard 8 1/2' x 11' printer paper*


*TIP: Almost any kind of paper can be used but printer paper is one of the easiest to cut and flatten.

Step 2: Fold

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Step 1: Fold 8 ½’ x 11’ piece of paper in half widthwise. 

Step 3: Fold (again)

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Step 2: Fold in half widthwise again.

Step 4: Triangle and rectangle

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Step 3: Fold paper diagonally so that the folded edge of the paper meets the folded bottom.

Step 5: Cut

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Step 4: Using the scissors, cut off the excess rectangle off in a straight line.*

*TIP: If you’d like, you can also start cutting slightly below where the triangle and rectangle connect in a zig-zag, rounded, or random line.

Step 6: Pattern

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Step 5: Hold the paper so that the vertical fold is facing your least dominant hand. Cut out pattern or shape as you wish, but be sure that you do no cut away the diagonal or vertical folds completely or the snowflake will fall apart.

 Then, if you want, cut shapes or a pattern into the vertical sides.

TIP: The more paper you cut off, the more delicate the snowflakes will be.


Step 7: Unfold

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Step 6: Unfold carefully. Lay flat.

*TIP: Can be placed under a heavy book to make even flatter.
jnoonan12 years ago
this does not work !!!
Prfesser3 years ago
Suggestion: in step 3, instead of folding in half, fold in thirds (takes a little practice). That way, when you unfold the snowflake, it will be six-sided----like a real snowflake---- instead of square.