I spent yesterday morning cutting out paper snowflakes to go with some Christmas decorations the kids and I made last year (Christmas Banners: A Fun Craft Project for the Kids). Really love how each one turns out unique, just like the real snowflakes. It is such a simple thing to do and the results are so satisfying.

How to Make Paper Snowflakes:
The rainbow snowflakes pictured above are made with colored letter sized paper (24 lb 8.5″ x 11″).

How to make paper snowflakes

How to make paper snowflakes4. Fold square piece of paper diagonally to make a triangle.
How to make paper snowflakesHow to make paper snowflakes5. Fold triangle in half to make a slight crease of where the half way point is.
How to make paper snowflakesHow to make paper snowflakes6. Putting your finger on the half way point, bring one corner of triangle up and make a fold as pictured. The angle is about 60 degrees from the baseline.
How to make paper snowflakes7. Now bring the other corner up and fold so that edges match up.
How to make paper snowflakes8. Flip the paper around.
How to make paper snowflakesHow to make paper snowflakes9. Fold in half.

How to make paper snowflakes
10. Cut the wings tips off.

How to make paper snowflakes
11. Snip out shapes from each side of the paper, you can even snip off a little of the point to make a star in the middle of your snowflake. Experiment – and have fun!

How to make paper snowflakes
12. This is the best part – Carefully open up the paper and marvel at your paper snowflake and make another one! You can flatten out the paper with a warm iron.

How to make paper snowflakes
These larger snowflakes are made with plain white copy paper – just make sure you always start off with a square piece of paper.

While searching how to make paper snowflakes, I came across a cool website where you can make your own virtual paper snowflake! It has an interactive pair of scissors that allows you to make snips and then you can preview how your paper snowflake will look – click here to make your own virtual snowflake!