Paper Snowflake (6- and 12-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.
4 and 8-sided Paper Snowflake craft


  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Protractor (optional)


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 Six-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 2. Fold the square diagonally in half.
Step 3 Six-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 3. Fold the resulting triangle along the middle to come up with a smaller triangle.
Step 4 Six-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 4. The most crucial and perhaps the trickiest step in making a 6-sided snowflake is dividing the triangle into three equal sections. The most accurate way to do this is to use a protractor to divide the angle at the triangle's apex (the corner opposite the longest side) into three sections, each with a 30 degree angle. If you don't have a protractor, you can estimate the size of the sections as you do Steps 5 and 6.
Step 5 Six-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 5. Once you've marked out the three equal sections, fold the left section towards the front.
Step 6 Six-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 6. Similarly fold the right section towards the front.
Step 7 Six-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 7. Flip the entire shape over so that the side with the horizontal edge is facing up.
Step 8 Six-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 8. Cut along the horizontal edge so that you come up with a wedge.
Step 9 Six-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 9. While keeping the wedge folded, cut out random shapes out of the edges.

*If you're looking for ready-to-cut snowflake patterns, you can find them here.
Step 10 Six-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 10. Carefully unfold the paper to reveal your unique 6-sided snowflake.
Twelve-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 11. To make your snowflake look like a 12-sided one, make sure that the top right and left corners of the triangle in Step 9 are cut at almost the same height.
Twelve-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 12. Check out how it looks when unfolded. Try out different ways of cutting out the shapes and discover a gazillion possibilites for your six- and twelve-sided snowflakes.

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