Easy Paper Snowflakes
What you will make:
In this project, learn an easy way to make snowflakes from tissue
paper. With this technique, you can make a whole flurry of snowflakes in
a hurry, and no two snowflakes will be the same! Using tissue paper
makes cutting through many layers easier, but you can use any
lightweight paper you like.
This project is great for family, classroom or group craft time. It requires
no patterns and uses simple materials.
Related project: See another way to make snowflakes
and learn more about snowflakes in the
Symmetry in Snowflakes
Here's what you need:
- Tissue paper (white or colored)
- Optional: Craft knife, ruler and cutting mat,
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Paper Snowflakes, the Easy Way
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Pre-cut 5" to 10" strips of tissue paper along the width or length of the
tissue paper sheet. The width of the strip
determines the size of the final snowflakes. Use any colors of
tissue paper you like.
Straight sides and square corners are important!
- Step 2: Cut Squares
Cutting paper snowflakes depends upon starting with a perfect
square. Starting at one end of the strip, fold the top corner over to
meet the opposite side. This forms a folded triangle and is the
first fold for your snowflake. Cut it away from the strip along its
vertical edge. If you open the folded triangle, a perfect square
Continue cutting squares from the strip until you reach the end.
Tip: Any extra tissue paper at the end of the
strip can be saved to use in other crafts.
- Step 3: Fold
Start with the square folded in a triangle. Fold the
triangle in half again, then fold it in thirds. To fold in thirds,
fold one side over, then fold the other side over on top of it. The
edges should match.
Tip: Folding in thirds is a bit of
trial and error. That is: adjust the first fold, as needed, to get
Tip: If folding thirds is too much trouble, just
fold the triangle in half again, and then in half again. You'll get
16-point snowflakes instead of 12-point snowflakes. Not quite like
Mother Nature, but still plenty of fun!
- Step 4: Cut Snowflakes
Cut the uneven points off the top. Now you'll make V-shaped snips
to create your snowflake.
Cut a V-shape in the top. Cut from the top corners or from along
one side or the other
Cut the tip away at any angle you like.
Cut more V-shapes along the folded sides.
Carefully unfold the tissue paper to reveal your snowflake!
Tip: Make the V-shaped snips any size and
shape you like—make them big or small, shallow or deep, even or
That's it! Now make a whole
flurry of paper
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