These paper snowflakes are simple enough for my second grader to make, and are beautiful hung on a tree or in a window. I used a hymnal to make my snowflakes, but they’d also be lovely made with any kind of old book pages or pretty two sided scrapbook paper.
Materials Needed: Paper, scissors, glue stick, stapler
I used hot glue, white school glue, and a glue stick, and prefer the glue stick. I didn’t like fighting the tiny strands of hot glue, and white school glue took too long to dry.
Step One: Cut your paper into a square.
Larger snowflakes are easiest when you’re first learning. After you get a few made, then progress to smaller, more intricate ones. Finished snowflakes are approximately twice as wide as the square pattern you make them with, so my medium sized ones had a 4 inch square pattern and were 8 inches across as snowflakes.
Step Two: Fold the square in half
Step Three: take the square that’s now a triangle, and fold it in half again
Step Four: Hold the triangle by the point, with the folded side down and the open side up
Step Five: Cut through the folded side, stopping about half an inch from the edge of the open side. The more cuts you make, the more intricate the snowflake will be.
Continue making cuts the whole width of the triangle, stopping about half an inch from the point.
Step Six: Open the paper up, and it should look like this:
Step Seven: Take the inner points of the square, and glue the points together, forming a circle. Sometimes on smaller snowflakes it’s helpful to form the circle around a pencil point.
Step Eight: Turn the paper over, and glue the points of the next square together, facing the opposite direction.
Step Nine: Keep gluing the points together, continuing to alternate to the front and back. When you are done, it should look like this:
Step Ten: Repeat steps 1-9 until you have a total of six petals of the snowflake.
Step Eleven: Take the points of all six petals of snowflakes, and staple together
Step Twelve: Glue the petals of the snowflake together where they meet, as indicated by an *
The snowflake is now ready to hang on the tree.