
1. 
Make 6 identical squares.
Prepare 6 squares of equal size using blue, white, or silver paper. You can also use patterned paper like origami paper in blue, white, or silver tones. Follow this size guide for deciding how big you want your snowflake to be:
 3" squares = 7.5" snowflake
 3.5" squares = 9" snowflake
 4.25" squares = 11" snowflake
I used 6" square origami paper cut into quarters to come up with my 3" squares. 


If you are not starting out with a square piece of paper, you can easily cut any rectangular paper such as A4 or Letter size copy paper into a square. Fold one top corner of the paper down to meet the opposite edge, forming a triangle. Cut the excess paper below the triangle. 


Unfold the triangle to reveal a square. 


Cut the square into four. The resulting small squares will be 4.25" for Letter size paper or 4.12" fo A4 size paper. Since you need six squares to make a snowflake, repeat the steps above to make two additional squares. 

2. 
Fold the first square.
Take one of the six squares.



Fold the square diagonally in half. 


Fold the resulting triangle in half to come up with a smaller triangle. 

3. 
Make slits on the triangle's short side.
Make three equally spaced vertical slits on one short side of the folded triangle. It's easy to make the slits equally spaced even without measuring with a ruler by doing the middle slit first. Mark the midpoint of a short side. Cut a vertical slit, keeping it parallel to the triangle's long side. Stop cutting before reaching the opposite short side. 


Mark the midpoint between the middle slit and the triangle's long side. Make a vertical slit, stopping before reaching the opposite short side. 


Lastly, mark the midpoint between the middle slit and the triangle's apex. Again, make a vertical slit, stopping before reaching the opposite short side. 

4. 
Unfold the paper.
Carefully unfold the paper. The square will have three pairs of concentric slits. 

5. 
Fold and cut the rest of the squares.
Fold and cut the five other squares following Steps 2 to 4 above. Once you get the hang of it, you can save time and effort by folding and cutting the squares by pairs or 3's. Simply align the squares along the edges before doing the folds in Step 2.



6. 
Transform a square into a snowflake arm.
Take one of the squares. Turn it so that it forms a diamond shape. 


Glue the innermost pair of flaps together by the tips. You may need to use a pencil to bring the pair of flaps together if your square is small. Press the tips for a few seconds to glue the paper in place. 


Turn the paper over. 


Glue the second pair of flaps together by the tips. Press for a few seconds to glue in place. 


Turn the paper over again. Glue the third pair of flaps by the tips. 


Turn the paper over for the last time. Glue the outermost pair of flaps by the tips. 

7. 
Create the rest of the snowflake arms.
Transform the five other squares into snowflake arms following Step 6.


8. 
Assemble the snowflake.
Glue two snowflake arms at the bottom and at the middle where the two arms touch, as indicated with arrows in the photo. Press on these two points for a few seconds to glue in place. 


Continue addinng the rest of the snowflake arms one at a time. Just like the first two, glue them at the bottom and at the middle. 


After you've positioned the last snowflake arm, glue its middle point with that of the first snowflake. 

9. 
Attach a string.
Attach a length of thread or thin string at the top of one snowflake arm. Hang from the ceiling, on window sills, or on a Christmas tree.



You can also string multiple snowflakes and hang them as a lovely mobile or garland.

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