How to Make and Decorate a Paper Snowflake

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How to Make and Decorate a Paper Snowflake
Paper snowflakes are an easy, inexpensive way to brighten your home for the holidays. (snowflake image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

The snowflake is one of nature's most beautiful and delicate works of art. Create your own paper snowflakes and hang them around your home to welcome the coming of winter. Follow a few simple steps to create a snowflake with six points, like real snowflakes. Make cuts that are as simple or detailed as you like, and sprinkle your creations with glitter to make them sparkle. You will discover that no two snowflakes are exactly alike. This project is suitable for children and adults, and is an easy and inexpensive way to brighten your home for the holidays.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Markers
  • Tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fold a square piece of white tissue paper in half across the diagonal, and then in half again.

  2. 2

    Hold the paper so the diagonal runs from the bottom left corner to the top. Fold the top of the triangle halfway down.

    How to Make and Decorate a Paper Snowflake
  3. 3

    Fold the paper in half one more time, then cut straight across the dotted line. After this cut, the paper will be a triangle.

    How to Make and Decorate a Paper Snowflake
  4. 4

    Cut out a design in the folded paper. For a six-point snowflake, leave a path between the two corners that are on the side of the triangle that opens up, and cut off the third corner. The more detailed the cuts, the more detailed the final snowflake will be.

    How to Make and Decorate a Paper Snowflake
  5. 5

    Unfold the paper to see what your snowflake looks like. Leave the snowflake in a heavy book overnight to get rid of the creases left from folding the paper.

    How to Make and Decorate a Paper Snowflake
  6. 6

    Decorate the snowflake with glitter and markers. A white snowflake sprinkled with white or silver glitter is elegant and festive.

    How to Make and Decorate a Paper Snowflake
  7. 7

    Tape the completed snowflakes to windows or walls.

Tips and warnings

  • White snowflakes stand out when contrasted against a dark background.
  • Make several snowflakes using different sizes of paper.
  • Fold the paper for young children. Have children who are too young to use scissors draw a design on the paper, then cut it out for them.
  • Too much glitter will weigh down the snowflake.

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