Paper Snowflakes - Six Pointed Snowflakes

How to make… a Six Pointed Snowflake

| September 24, 2010 | 18 Comments

Paper Snowflakes

Well, how wonderful, yet another chance to bring you those, oh so simple, paper crafts. Today I will show you how to make lovely paper six pointed snowflakes. Unlike the previous crafts, this one does require cutting skills, so you will have to make these yourself or with slightly older children. Snowflakes are such a pretty seasonal decor and what I love about them, is that anyone can decorate their home with these, regardless of whether they get sick and tired of all the Santa Clauses and reindeer going round (though I do love Santa Clauses and reindeers!).

To me, the 6 pointed snowflake somehow always looks prettier, so it really is worth the extra couple of minutes to get your head round how to fold these. Once you have it sussed, you can snip snip snip away! Your imagination is your limit!
Materials: white sheets of paper (the thinner, the easier to cut), scissors, possibly a pen.

Paper Snowflake

1) You need a square piece of paper. If using an A4 piece of paper. Take one corner and fold it, so that you get a diagonal crease. You should see a triangle, with a strip of paper left on the side. Trim of the strip. So you only have a triangle which, when opened, is square.

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2) Take triangle and fold again, so you end up with a 2nd smaller triangle.

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3) Imagine the top edge divides into three. If it helps, roughly mark out thirds. Fold one third in.

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4) Fold the remaining third in. The neater (i.e. how accurate you get your thirds) you get this, the neater you final snowflake will be. If need be, redo it to adjust to perfect thirds. You want the 2nd fold to align neatly with the first one.

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5) I trim the top off, as I find it distracting.

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6) The edge that does not open up, forms the centre of each point. So try and imagine in your head how you would like a point to look like and cut. I sometimes draw an outline to help me along. Remember that if you want a more delicate snowflake you will have to cute out “thinner” strips. If you want the points to touch, make sure you leave a piece of paper running across the width. Snip the tip off and you get a little pretty hole in your flake.

7) Open up! And enjoy!

Repeat several times until you have a feel for the paper and find patterns that you like!!!

Paper Snowflakes

Hope you have a go at these 6 pointed Snowflakes. I think they are lovely!

 

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  1. kelli says:

    oooh nice. I love paper cut art work

  2. jfb57 says:

    Oooo! They are some much nicer than the straight ones!I’m going to pass your blog onto some teacher friends I have!!

  3. Red Ted Art says:

    @kellui – love paper crafts too! So simple!

    @jfb57 – ooh, yes please! would love teachers to use the blog as a resource!

  4. amandab says:

    You are a smarter woman than I, I don’t think I can fold my paper right to get this one done! Shapesand I don’t mix, which is why I don’t do very well with geometry :(

  5. Red Ted Art says:

    amandab! Oh go on.. give it a try. May seem fiddly at first, but easy once you get the hang of it?!

  6. Oh love these! will be definitely giving them a go with the older kids :) XXXXX

  7. Kimberlee says:

    Those snowflakes look fun and easy!
    ~Kimberlee
    http://www.TheSpunkyDiva.blogspot.com

    Visiting from Raising Memories, Sharing Time

  8. We do them each year. :) Simple and easy. ;)

  9. HI! So happy you linked up to “Anti-Procrastination Tuesday” at New Nostalgia.
    Love this simple snowflake craft and I know my daughters and readers will, too!

    Will you do me a favor and relink under the “Flexible” category? I have 2 areas to link up to, it is a bit confusing, but the post explains more..

    Thank you, again, for sharing your stuff!

  10. Oh I need this. My hubs cousin makes the most amazing snowflakes every year and places them in our Christmas Card. I’ll try to post them this year.
    To keep your link up at TCB, please link back to Today’s Creative Blog when participating in Get Your Craft On.

  11. Audra says:

    Wow! I haven’t done these in like FOREVER.
    Thanks for sharing last week!

  12. Yours look SO much better than mine! I am going to try harder, I am inspired!

  13. I have never made a 6 pointed snowflake until this year. I tried once and failed… so, I\’ll try again now. I LOVE your designs too. I don\’t ever cut much out of mine – yours look awesome.

  14. Nikki Thomas says:

    I was trying to make paper snowflakes the other day and failed miserably so I am going to try these as they look amazing.

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