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Winter Activities: Ways to Make Paper Snowflakes

Updated on July 18, 2012

© by Jennifer McLeod writing as jenjen0703, all rights reserved.


When I was a child, my mom always had winter activities to keep us busy. One thing I loved to do was make paper snowflakes. I would make dozens of snowflakes and hang them around the house for others to see. My mom was an arts and crafts "pioneer" and always had projects to work on, so she left much of the Christmas decorating up to my brother and me.

I thought I was the "Paper Snowflake Master" until yesterday, when I visited YouTube to find videos for this hub. I had no idea there were so many types of paper snowflakes. I even saw 3D snowflakes. I realized I was not very good at making paper snowflakes after all, so, I will be learning right along with the rest of you.

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How to Fold the Paper

Making paper snowflakes is easy, but you have to understand the basic concepts before getting started. The most important thing to remember about paper snowflakes is that if you do not fold the paper correctly, your snowflake will not turn out like it is supposed to. It will look as if a 2-year old got his hands on a pair of scissors.

Here is a diagram to show you how to fold the paper. After you fold the paper in Step 1, cut off the excess paper so the piece you are working with is square, not rectangular.


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For Beginners...

The snowflake in the following video is what I would consider "Paper Snowflakes for Beginners."This video will show you the basics on how to cut out your preliminary snowflakes. The snowflakes in this video look like my paper snowflakes. So much for my being "The Paper Snowflake Master." This simple design is an excellent starting point for kids and will guide them through the instructions regarding where to cut the triangle. Like anything else, making paper snowflakes takes time and practice. "Practice makes perfect." Do not be discouraged when your first few snowflakes looks like a kindergarten display. You can just tell your neighbors and friends that your children made them.

For the More Experienced...

Now that you understand how to fold and cut a paper snowflake, you can move on to more advanced styles and patterns. "No two snowflakes are ever the same." This is true in nature, and holds true with paper snowflakes. No matter how many snowflakes you make, there will never be two of them exactly alike. That is the cool part about making snowflakes (and the best way to cut down on the arguing and competition between children who might be competing to make the BEST snowflake.)

Google Image offers tons of pictures of paper snowflakes, so take a look at some of the examples there. This will help you with creativity issues if you are not sure what to do.

The following video shows how to make a more advanced style of snowflake. This snowflake has the appearance of a flower and is absolutely beautiful.

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Going pro...

As I searched for more ideas for paper snowflakes, I found an awesome snowflake called the Lacy Paper Snowflake Decoration. I took one look at it and told myself, "No way. There is absolutely no way I can do this one." But, I went ahead and watched the video. I was amazed at how easy this decorative snowflake is to make. Be sure to grab some glue, a ruler, and a pencil for this project. It took me only 20 minutes to make my first decoration.

Have Fun!

Enjoy making your paper snowflakes. Hang them around your house for your family and friends to see. Making paper snowflakes is a wonderful tradition to start with your children (if you haven't already) that will last for years to come.

Merry Christmas to everyone here at HubPages!


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      Jennifer McLeod 5 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Thanks for checking out my hub That Grrl. I enjoyed making those snowflakes last winter. What an easy and fun way to decorate your home for the winter. I am looking forward to doing it again this year.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful. I've never tried anything really advanced.

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      Jennifer McLeod 5 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Lol...that one is not mine either, so don't feel bad. I did not have enough time to make all the snowflakes I wanted last year. They say practice makes one will be better. :)

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Snifff. Yours look better than mine :) (Voted up and beautiful)

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      Jennifer McLeod 5 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Thanks Gypsy Rose Lee and Sueswan. I always wanted to know how to make the Lacy decoration because I has seen them before. I can't believe how easy it actually was.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Jen

      Cool hub! I have bookmarked this one for future use.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family. :-)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great hub. Interesting and useful. This used to be my favorite activity when I was 12. Time to try again.

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      Jennifer McLeod 5 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Good luck with your snowflakes cherylone. Let me know how they turn out for you. Merry Christmas!

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      Cheryl Simonds 5 years ago from Connecticut

      My snowflakes have always been a bit lame and I usually allow the kids to take over but I think I might try this one because that last one was beautiful! :)

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      Jennifer McLeod 5 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Thanks Movie Master. I had a great time making mine the other day. I am going to make more to hang around the house. Happy Holidays!!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a great hub, I loved the video for the lacy snowflake and am looking forward to making this with my granddaughter this week, she'll think it's wonderful!

      Merry Christmas and voted up

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      Jennifer McLeod 5 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      I also thoroughly enjoyed making these snowflakes...I'm glad you gave them a try. Merry Christmas to all!!

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Awesome hub, and I'm glad that you took the time to explain that the lacy snowflake is not as difficult as it looks. I would have been intimidated by the picture, but decided to give it a shot after reading your disclaimer:) Voted up and useful...and keeping it in my parental toolbox for the time when I hear those dreadful words: "I'm bored!"

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      I used to love to make paper snowflakes "back in the day."

      When I worked as an instructor in a crafts store, paper crafts were among the most popular.

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      Jennifer McLeod 5 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      You're welcome Mark and Cheri. Let me know how they turn out!!

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      Mark and Cheri 5 years ago

      The Lacy Snowflake is great. Can't wait to show this to the kids. We will be making those today!! Thanks for the info.

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      Jennifer McLeod 5 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Thanks for the wonderful comments, everyone. And thanks, Windclimber for the tip. I took care of it. Merry Christmas to you all!

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      Windclimber 5 years ago from my boat somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay

      You have a great idea here - definitely something people can do with their kids to include them in the holiday spirit. Maybe you should add the tag "Christmas tradition" . . .

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I was just on Youtube the other day looking at the paper snowflakes. It amazes me how beautiful they are. I had paper all over my desk trying to copy what they were doing.

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      Karla Iverson 5 years ago from Oregon

      Wonderful! Like you, as children we made paper snowflakes in winter. Another activity (for single paned windows) was using tracing paper to trace the frost patterns on the windows. I was raised in Nebraska, so we had plenty of opportunity for indoor winter activities. This has brought back memories, and I plan to forward your hub to my sister. She and her granddaughters love to work in paper together.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      So pretty!

      You have inspired me to start making something as pretty as the snowflakes in the last videos.

      Just stunning!

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      Jennifer McLeod 5 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      Absolutely! Feel free to use any of my hubs. Merry Christmas!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Cute! Those last two vids are amazing. I love snowflake art, childlike or ornate.

      Would like to link this to my snowflake making hub if you have no objection. Thanks!