Paper Snowflake (4- and 8-Sided)

Though real snowflakes have six sides or points, try making these paper snowflakes with 4 and 8 points just for fun and variety.

You can also check out our instructions for making the classic 6-sided paper snowflake as well as crafting paper snowflakes with printable templates.

4- and 8-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft


  • 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 half.
Step 3 Four-Sided Paper Snowflake Craft 3. Fold the resulting rectangle in half to come up with a small 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 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.
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 unfold the paper to check out your 8-sided snowflake. Once you get the hang of it, making these paper snowflakes will be pretty addictive!

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