Fold a piece of paper in half. For a standard snowflake, normal printer paper (8.5 x 11) is just fine. To get fancy, decorate your paper beforehand in colored pencil, crayon, or marker. Or use colored paper!
Find the center of the paper on the fold. Then grab the bottom corner and bring it to the center, forming a triangle. Then, fold it again, turning over the folded corner. The paper should end up being folded into thirds, slightly resembling a cone shape.
- If you found that confusing, fold one side over about 1/3 of the way and then fold the other side over to cover the first side. Any better?
- When you’re handling your soon-to-be snowflake, always keep the point down. This is the center of your snowflake.
Fold in half. You have a mini-cone in front of you.
- Cut off the top in a very slight arch. You are cutting through all the layers just where the top layer stops. It should be pretty clear to see. You’re now ready to create your snowflake!
- Start cutting. You may want to begin with a very simple pattern and then move on to more complicated patterns. Or dive in. The smaller the cuts (and the more in number), the more detailed your snowflake will be.