Paper snowflakes are easy to make and a fun family activity on a cold winter evening. Spruce up any room or window with this simple craft in little time. The best part is that you probably already own all the supplies you need! - craft paper and a pair of scissors. If you want to make things a little more exact, you can add a precision tool to your supplies list.
We’ve created three templates of 6-point paper snowflakes for you to download and use. Or you can create your very own unique designs by following the simple folding technique below.
Here’s the step-by-step:
Fold the sheet at a diagonal, then cut off the excess. Use a ruler and hobby knife from your hobby tool set for a neat, straight cut. You should now have a square.
Fold back along the line so you have a right triangle.
Fold in half one more time by bringing the two acute corners together. Press at the fold and smooth out.
Fold into thirds by overlapping the outside thirds over the center. The shape should look like an arrowhead.
Trim off the excess line in the diagram below.
You now have a blank to design and cut out your snowflake. Use scissors to trim away paper. As a rule of thumb, the more lines you cut into the snowflake and trim away, the more delicate the snowflake will be. For the Star of David paper snowflake, cut away at the diagonal on both ends of the blank.
Cut freehand, draw the design in with a pencil or use one of our free templates included at the bottom of this article. If you are using thicker craft paper, first test your scissors to make sure they are sharp and able to cut through all the layers. Using a hobby knife can be an alternative way to cut smoothly through all the layers. Make sure the blades of your craft tools are fresh.
Carefully unfold the snowflake in the reverse steps, one fold at a time to avoid ripping the paper. Use ribbon, thread or tape to hang up and display in windows or against the wall. Create a holiday conversation piece by placing the paper snowflakes in a large bowl. Get creative!
Let it snow!