# Step by Step Paper Snowflake Construction

Updated on December 30, 2013

## Make Paper Snowflakes

Winter is here! Even if you don't have snow on the ground, you can make it snow in your home.

Paper snowflakes are not just for children - when you make them yourself, each one is unique, and your friends will be impressed when they see your holiday decorations.

In this lens, I will take you step by step through my snowflake formation process.

## #1 - Get Your Supplies

You will need white paper and sharp scissors to make your paper snowflakes (things that you likely have laying around your house!)

## #2 - Create a Square and Fold the Paper

Take one corner of your piece of paper and fold it so you create the largest triangle you can. If you cut off the remaining ~2 inch strip, you will have created the square that will be the basis for your snowflake.

Once you have your square, fold the paper in half on the diagonal 3 times. The natural 6-fold symmetry is difficult to accomplish when you are folding paper, so we will aim for 8-fold symmetry. The tighter you can fold it the more intricate you can get the finished product. After these three folds, you paper is divided into 8ths.

## #3 - Make one last fold

This next fold is not a symmetrical one. You are folding the square into 16 sections. This will allow you to create a square with 8-fold symmetry since each edge of this folded piece is repeated 8 times through your snowflake.

## #4 - Begin Cutting

I always start by cutting the outside edge of my snowflake. In this photo, you can see that the edge I cut off of the sample snowflake remained in one piece. I like to make a U shaped cut at the edge so there will be some points to the snowflake.

When cutting, I make a lot of little triangles, or cut two parallelish lines, then snip it out of the middle. I try to have as little uncut space as possible.

## Don't Open the Snowflake While You're Cutting

You won't be able to fold it back together properly. And part of the fun is seeing the reveal at the end!

## #5 - Unveil the Magic

The magic happens as you start to open it up. I like to do this slowly so I can really appreciate the beauty of my snowflake. (Opening it slowly also allows you to avoid tearing the snowflake.)

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No two snowflakes you create will be identical!

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## Like Snowflakes, no two comments are identical - So leave yours!

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• Magda2012

5 years ago

I will make it for the next christmas day .. nice lens!

• Indigo Janson

6 years ago from UK

Making paper snowflakes is the perfect activity for this time of year! Blessed and submitted for the Winter Word angel quest. :)

• Melody Lassalle

7 years ago from California

I love making paper snowflakes. It's interesting to see that people have different approaches to it.

• Jeanette

7 years ago from Australia

These look fabulous. I can just imagine all those little snippets of paper all over the place ;-)

• Cynthia Sylvestermouse

7 years ago from United States

Really pretty snowflakes! I don't think I could duplicate it, but I appreciate the instructions. Angel blessed and added to Squid Angel Mouse Tracks in Crafts

• Lee Hansen

7 years ago from Vermont

Exquisite paper snowflakes! Lensrolling ... and faved.

• carlajo73

7 years ago

• Virginia Allain

7 years ago from Central Florida

I enjoyed making these over the years. Now I've gotten hooked on making online snowflakes and even made a lens about that. I'll lensroll this one to mine.

• BrickHouseFabrics

7 years ago

It is snowing out, I love it outside, and bringing it in!

• snazzy lm

7 years ago

They are gorgeous! I remember making them at school many years ago!

• Senora M

7 years ago

those are so cool! i've never been very good at making them!!

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• Bambi Watson

7 years ago

I love making paper snowflakes! :)

• Mona

7 years ago from Iowa

Really lovely. I may have to try this. I was thinking something to go in the window of my gallery for Christmas would be nice. This might be just the ticket. And yes it's been added. :)

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