Though real snowflakes have six sides or points, these 4- and 8-sided paper snowflakes are much easier for younger kids to make than the classic 6-sided paper snowflake.
4-SIDED PAPER SNOWFLAKE
Start out with a square piece of paper, preferably thin or lightweight paper. You can use square origami paper or follow these easy steps for making a square from any rectangular piece of paper.
Fold the square in half to come up with a rectangle.
Fold the resulting rectangle in half to come up with a small square.
Rotate the square so that it is oriented like a diamond. The solid corner, which corresponds to the paper's center when unfolded, should be at the bottom.
Fold the diamond vertically in half to make a triangle.
While keeping the paper folded, cut away shapes at the edges.
Carefully unfold the paper to reveal your four-sided snowflake.
8-SIDED PAPER SNOWFLAKE
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 four-sided snowflake instructions above.
Fold the triangle by bringing the bottom short side towards the triangle's long side.
Cut above the horizontal straight edge.
Cut away shapes on all three sides of the triangle.
Gently unfold the paper to check out your 8-sided snowflake. Once you get the hang of it, making these paper snowflakes is simply addictive!
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