Paper Snowflake (4- and 8-Sided)

Fold and cut paper into beautiful paper snowflakes. Our tutorial includes instructions for making your own 4-, 6-, 8- and 12-sided snowflakes.

Safety Tips

  • Kids 8 years and younger should use child-safe scissors.
Four and Eight-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft
More Paper Snowflake Instructions:
6- and 12- Sided Snowflake


  • Paper
  • Scissors



Step 1 Four-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 1. Start out with a square piece of paper. You can use square origami paper or follow these easy steps for making a square from any rectangular piece of paper. Try not to use thick or heavy paper as it may be difficult to fold and cut.
Step 2 Four-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 2. Fold the square in the middle.
Step 3 Four-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 3. Fold the resulting rectangle in the middle to obtain a smaller square.
Step 4 Four-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 4. Rotate the square so that it is oriented like a diamond. The solid corner corresponding to the paper's center (when unfolded) should be at the bottom.
Step 5 Four-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 5. Fold the diamond vertically along the middle.
Step 6 Four-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 6. While keeping the paper folded, cut away shapes along the edges.
Step 7 Four-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 7. Carefully unfold the paper to reveal your unique 4-sided snowflake.


Step 1 Eight-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 1. The steps for an 8-sided snowflake are similar to those of a 4-sided one, except for one additional fold. Follow Steps 1 to 5 of the 4-sided snowflake instructions above. Notice that the triangle has two equal short sides and one long side.
Step 2 Eight-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 2. Bring the short side that is closest to the bottom towards the triangle's long side. Crease along the fold.
Step 3 Eight-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 3. Cut above the straight edge.
Step 4 Eight-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 4. Cut away shapes along the edges of the folded paper.
Step 5 Eight-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 5. Gently open up the paper to unveil an 8-sided snowflake. Once you get the hang of it, making these paper snowflakes will be pretty addictive!

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