How to Make A Paper Snowflake: Step By Step

Paper snowflakes make the perfect decorations for Christmas and winter, but these paper creations are also fun to make year around. Today I will be showing you how to make a paper snowflake because these are affordable and easy to make decorations. If you make your decorations and buy your gifts ahead of time you can avoid the crazy rush of the holiday season. Also, with the slowing economy it is great to make crafts that are cheap and simple to make, which is why paper snowflakes have so many wonderful uses. In this hub I will show you how to make a simple paper snowflake and I will show you another fun craft you can make with the outline of a snowflake. I am answering this request by ProCW on how to make paper snowflakes because his creative and insightful hub requests always speak to me, but you should also check out his writing because that is something special and unique. This hub will show you how to make simple paper snowflakes, which save the trouble of having to make decorations for the holiday seasons.

So are you ready to make a simple paper snowflake?

Three paper snowflakes.
Three paper snowflakes.

Step One: Use A Round Object To Cut Out A Paper Circle

Trace around a bowl to make a round circle.  Cut out the round circle shape.
Trace around a bowl to make a round circle. Cut out the round circle shape.

For this project you will need to cut out a round circle of any size, but larger circles are easier to work with. For this project I used a Quaker Oaks canister and a bowl to make large and small circles for snowflakes.

Step Two: Fold The Circle In Half

Fold the circle in half.
Fold the circle in half.

Fold the circle in half. Bigger circles are easier to work with, but smaller ones are ideal if you wish to make smaller snowflakes.

Step Three: Fold The Circle In Half Again

Fold the semicircle into a triangle.
Fold the semicircle into a triangle.

Step Four: Repeat The Above Step

Fold the triangle into an even smaller triangle
Fold the triangle into an even smaller triangle

Step Five: Cut The Top Off The Triangle

Cut off the top of the triangle.
Cut off the top of the triangle.

Step Six: Cut Out More Parts Of The Triangle

Cut out parts of the triangle to give the paper snowflake a unique design.
Cut out parts of the triangle to give the paper snowflake a unique design.

The Completed Snowflake

Open up the snowflake to see the final result.
Open up the snowflake to see the final result.

Watch This Video To See How To Make A Paper Snowflake

In this video I demonstrate how you can make a paper snowflake by cutting out a circle and folding it into sixteenths, which makes a very intricate paper snowflake. Snowflakes can also be made out of squares, but these snowflakes will have a slightly more squarish look. I actually think squarish snowflakes are fun as evidenced by some of the examples I use below. Continue to experiment because I find over time it becomes easier and easier to construct a decent paper snowflake.

All Paper Snowflakes Are Unique

Here are a few examples of how each and every paper snowflake is different, just like real snowflakes.

Another paper snowflake.
Another paper snowflake.
Another snowflake.
Another snowflake.
A pile of paper snowflakes.
A pile of paper snowflakes.

Use A Paper Snowflake As A Template To Make A Fun Pattern

Use a paper snowflake as a template for this unique design.
Use a paper snowflake as a template for this unique design.

For this craft I placed a paper snowflake over a piece of cardstock and colored in all of the holes, which is similar to using a stencil. When I removed the snowflake I colored the rest of the surface with a black colored pencil. I am going to fold this piece of cardstock in half to make a fun card.

A fun card made using a snowflake, believe it or not.
A fun card made using a snowflake, believe it or not.

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weblog 8 years ago from 1India

Totally new to me, I liked it.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks weblog :).


SirDent 8 years ago

Great instructions Sweetie. I believe anyone could do it.


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weblog 8 years ago from 1India

It reminds me my dad's spray painting work. Such stensils are used in spray painting just like you colored in the holes. In spray painting, we call it cut-outs (thick paper or tin sheet used) where both the holes and the cut-off pieces are used for various designs.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Sirdent,

It is so easy for anyone to try. Kids especially love to make paper snowflakes.

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I love hearing your stories about how you and your dad do art work, this is great. Thanks for sharing.


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weblog 8 years ago from 1India

What about the art done by paper foldings? I used to do Crane(bird) with paper, single paper by folding it several times. I didn't try any other shapes like that. I'd like to see if you can make a hub on this topic. Have you experienced?


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Use I have made those too. I love origami, is that the type you made too?


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weblog 8 years ago from 1India

I was not aware of the term origami. I just looked up after you put it here. It's a Japanese term, right? Yes, I mean the art of paper folding. But, it was a fun and I didn't think about trying something else creative. I used to do the only one thing(crane as told) in my schooling.


booyakamix 8 years ago

nice info


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Weblog,

Sorry I did not log back on until just nice, so thanks for sharing what you have learned about origami. The crane is a fun thing to make and I like those.

Booyakamix,

thanks for the comment.


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weblog 8 years ago from 1India

Thanks, will you write on it? or already written?


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

No I need to relearn origami. I used to be able to do this better when I was younger. I should have worked on my Snowflake hub as opposed to commenting on some debate. I feel so drained tonight.


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weblog 8 years ago from 1India

Debate - Is it that Christ or Muhamed? Or the American, non-american hubs? :)


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Recently both, but tonight the Christ and Muhammad one. Debating hubs are too draining. I just need to stay away from those.


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weblog 8 years ago from 1India

Don't mistake me, I find your argument is always good. But, there are lots of people who don't express their opinion in decent manner. Mostly, they leave a comment and don't come back to see. I'd like to suggest you not to get into mess, it's a friendly suggestion.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Your advice is good.  I really should have stayed away.   Comments on a hub such as this one are just not worth it.  I wanted to make a video on how to make a snowflake tonight because I noticed my snowflake here looks squarish, but then I wasted all my time on commenting on other hubs.  Thanks for advises me.  By the way, you should come join us in the hubpages chat room if you ever have time or just want to chat with some of us other hubbers.


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weblog 8 years ago from 1India

It will be great to add a video. I'm seeing this hub on first page, Hot in entertainment section.

Yes, I will surely join the chat forum. The reason for staying away is the english difference. Sometimes my english might confuse people and more than that I don't understand most of the sarcastic messages in forums. But, I'm trying to be active. I have become HP addict as everyone, I used to chat in yahoo but it was before joining HP. I'm totally concentrating on HP from day 1.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

We want you to join us :). We think you should come. Right now I am making a video and some updates for this hub, so hopefully it will be even better in an hour or so.


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weblog 8 years ago from 1India

I just left a normal message in the chat room now :)


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Weblog, I am updating this hub so I just went to the chatroom now. I did not see you there :(.


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weblog 8 years ago from 1India

I did not know the chat room is different. I thought you were telling about the chatroom thread in hubber's hangout forum. Well, I got the link and I will try it later :)


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I also will be at the link later. Just to let you know if you ever go some of the people who are there a lot are Sirdent, ProCW, Shirley, and I think PetMemorial. I hope you have fun if you try it. You can leave messages on the chat room thread also.


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Fun stuff. I haven't made a paper snowflake since I was a kid...


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This reminds me of the snowflakes we used to make in school. I loved making them, but sometimes cut too far and wrecked them. Not sure I'd do any better now, but yours are pretty.

Nice hub, SweetiePie!


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C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

Old study, new write and you did a great job of it. So much fun too. I know I have cut my share of the flakes and will do it again sometime. Very fun hub, You rock SweetiePie. C.S.


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funnebone 8 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

very nice, reminds me of the time I tired to make a snow angel in August. FYI all tempature cheer does not do a good job removing grass stains.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for everyone that commented!


weazly13 7 years ago

now i finally know how to make a ROUND snowflake and not a SQUARE snowflake thnx a lot!!! =]


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Just stop by if you have any more questions about this weazly13.


SafeCard 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC

I think I will have the kids work on these tonight. Great detailed hub. Thanks.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by SafeCard. Hope you have fun making paper snowflakes.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

I had printed this hub out a few weeks ago but just didn't find the time to make these paper snowflakes UNTIL I couldn't sleep one night this week so I got up at 2:00 a.m. and made tons of snowflakes for the windows in my house.  Very theraputic and was not a bit tired the next day.  I think of you a lot these days SweetiePie as I glance through the snowflakes on my windows.  Thanks you so much!:)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I am glad the snowflakes were fun to make, that mean a lot to me. I actually had to think of an easy snowflake to make when I created this hub, and I came to the conclusion circular snowflakes are the easiest and I love the way these looks. Thanks for stopping by and your kind words Dottie :).


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kappa022 7 years ago from Florida

Hehe, nice I totally remember making these in grade school.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

This is a great craft for kids.


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HandmadeChristmas 6 years ago

This takes me back to my childhood - it was a family tradition for us to sit down and make paper snowflakes to put on the windows for Christmas. Happy Times!


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi HandmadeChristmas,

I am sure you have created some wonderful paper snowflakes, just a guess :).


Amanda 6 years ago

Hello Sweetie Pie im just a kid and thank you :)


Amanda 6 years ago

Hello Sweetie Pie im just a kid and thank you :)


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed it Amanda!


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shai77 6 years ago

Hi :-)

Loved the Hub.

Gave you thumb up :-)


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you liked it shai77!


tom 6 years ago

love snow flakes


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Hendrika 5 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Thanks so much. Every year I battle to think of crafts my granddaughter can make for the Christmas tree. With these snowflakes added to our existing decorations we are going to have a lot of fun this year. Afterward we can try your second idea to make useful and fun cards to send to family and friends.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed the craft ideas Hendrika!


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christinalang 5 years ago

These are great and look so easy to make. Can't wait to try this out with my daughter this Christmas


Purplemuffins 4 years ago

Thanks for the great ideas! I failed so many times befor I found this :)! Lol


REBECA 4 years ago

i love doing this


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad to hear so many people are enjoying making paper snow flakes, which is a great craft around Christmas.


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Little Light 4 years ago from Australia

My kids love these. It's always a good activity to build up their fine motor skills too. Great Hub.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I am glad you enjoyed the snow flake tutorial!


i'm irish and proud 4 years ago

omg love this step by step


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

An interesting tutorial hub! This is indeed an easy, fun & inexpensive Christmas craft. Your instructions, step-by-step photos and video all are clearly explained. Your creations are intricate and pretty. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & shared


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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

I admit I'm so clumsy when it comes to crafts but I think this is quite easy to follow. Thanks for sharing. :)


zeela 3 years ago

too nice and creative paper snow flakes


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

this is easy!!! I had trouble finding snowflake crafts. Thanks for posting this hub. Helped me a lot. Gonna save this page for this year christmas. Voted awesome


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, peach purple.

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