These homemade paper snowflakes are such a fun and simple craft for Christmas or winter! They’re always so beautiful and impressive looking, but they’re really kid-friendly too!
Isn’t it funny how paper snowflakes end up getting grouped in the “Christmas craft” category? I don’t know about where you live, but around here, Winter doesn’t really get underway until about the middle of January most years. And February is peak winter wonderland season for sure. That makes this time of year pretty much perfect to pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa and see what kind of amazing creations you can come up with! Make them in December and you can keep them up until March! 🙂
The Classic Paper Snowflake
Now, paper snowflakes are somewhat of a classic craft, so it seems like they should be really easy, right? Well, if you’ve ever tried to make them without any clear instructions, just off the top of your head, then you know that they can be just a little more complicated than that. A lot of people end up with 4- or 8- pointed snowflakes and that just won’t do. The real beauties are the 6-pointed ones found in nature. Not to worry, I’m going to show you how it’s done! Once you know what you’re doing. These things can get pretty addictive though, so watch out!
How to Make Paper Snowflakes
Start out with a basic piece of printer paper and some scissors. The random cat feet, and the attached cat, aren’t necessary, but they don’t really hurt either.
You need to make your piece of paper square, so fold it as shown and then trim the extra off.
So now you have a square!
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How to Properly Fold Paper Snowflakes
Fold it back in half into a triangle again.
And then fold it in half again so you have a small triangle.
Here it is!
Now you’ll need to fold in about 1/3 of the triangle from one side, like this:
Then do the same to the other side.
It will look like this when you’re done.
Let’s try that again, so you can see how it would look in a perfect world.
That’s better! But like I said, if your folds don’t line up perfectly, it’s totally fine. Your snowflakes will still turn out.
So now you need to trim away those 2 “bunny ears” from the top. Trim down on an angle. Your angle can either go right to left or left to right, it doesn’t matter!
It will look like this after you’re done this step:
Let’s Get Creative
Now it’s time to get creative! Cut notches out of your triangle on all three sides, all around it. Make them big! The bigger the notches, the more fancy and lacy your final result will be!
When you’re done cutting, unfold it carefully…
Bam! You’re done! You just made probably the best paper snowflake that you’ve ever seen! Can you believe you made that?
The Finished Paper Snowflakes
Give it a try! You really won’t believe how fun these are to make until you try them. Why not gather the kids and make enough to add to your holiday decor and beyond!
Have you ever made paper snowflakes before? Do you have a different way of making them?
Thanks so much to my lovely assistant Kennedy for letting me take pictures of her making her snowflakes!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.