Paper Snowflake

Follow our easy instructions for folding and cutting paper into beautiful and unique paper snowflakes.
Paper Snowflake craft


  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Protractor (optional)


Step 1 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 Paper Snowflake craft 2. Fold the square diagonally in half.
Step 3 Paper Snowflake craft 3. Fold the resulting triangle along the middle to come up with a smaller triangle.
Step 4 Paper Snowflake craft 4. The most crucial and perhaps the trickiest step in making a paper 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 Paper Snowflake craft 5. Once you've marked out the three equal sections, fold the left section towards the front.
Step 6 Paper Snowflake craft 6. Similarly fold the right section towards the front.
Step 7 Paper Snowflake craft 7. Flip the entire shape over so that the side with the horizontal edge is facing front.
Step 8 Paper Snowflake craft 8. Cut along the horizontal edge so that you come up with a wedge.
Step 9 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 10a Paper Snowflake craft 10. Carefully unfold the paper to reveal your paper snowflake. Like real snowflakes, your paper snowflake has a 6-point or 6-sided symmetry.
Step 10b Paper Snowflake craft In nature, no two snowflakes are exactly the same. Try making different shape cut-outs in Step 9 to come up with your own unique snowflakes.

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