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.||
More Paper Snowflake Instructions:
4- and 8-Sided Snowflake
6- and 12-Sided Snowflake with Printable Patterns
|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.|
|2.||Fold the square diagonally in half.|
|3.||Fold the resulting triangle along the middle to come up with a smaller triangle.|
|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.|
|5.||Once you've marked out the three equal sections, fold the left section towards the front.|
|6.||Similarly fold the right section towards the front.|
|7.||Flip the entire shape over so that the side with the horizontal edge is facing up.|
|8.||Cut along the horizontal edge so that you come up with a wedge.|
|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.
|10.||Carefully unfold the paper to reveal your unique 6-sided snowflake.|
|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.|
|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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|Make your paper snowflakes extra sparkly by embellishing them with glitter. See how it's done in our Glitter Snowflake craft.|