So this past week, I decided that my kids should know how to make paper snowflakes. The weather was crummy and we had nothing better to do! One of them was resistant to the idea, and two of them thought it might be boring. And then all three of them discovered that cutting paper snowflakes is actually very fun and quite addicting! Gresham told me that he would help pay for more paper if only I would let him cut out unlimited snowflakes! I think he made more than 15. He was absolutely enamored with the whole process – the folding and cutting, and especially the unfolding. He even gave Grandma a complete demonstration when she came over.

Anyway, half a ream of paper and one ruined pair of scissors later (thankfully it was just one pair!), we have some awesome snowflake designs to show you!

**How to fold six sided snowflakes:**

For a six sided snowflake, start with a square piece of paper. The easiest way to make it square is to fold over one large triangle and cut off the excess. Keep your square folded as a large triangle.

Then, fold the triangle in half to make a smaller triangle.

Next, turn your triangle so that the longest side is up. Fold over each side in thirds. It should look like this:

Cut off the top so that you have a straight edge.

Then, cut out a design.

Here is the finished snowflake! Unfolding is the most fun part. We were all amazed every time to see what design we would get! We glued our best snowflakes on blue paper – the contrast really makes them pop.

Here’s another of my favorite six sided snowflakes:

**How to fold four sided snowflakes:**

Start with a square piece of paper. Fold it in half to make a rectangle.

Fold it in half again to make a square.

Fold the square in half to make a triangle. Then fold it in half again to make a smaller triangle.

Cut out your design.

Here is the finished snowflake! This one is probably our favorite.

**We also made several snowflakes by starting with a square, then folding it over into a triangle a total of four times.**

Aidan’s best snowflake (age 10):

Gresham’s best snowflake (age 7):

Owen’s best snowflake (age 4.5):

And one more from Aidan:

After all that cutting, we had a lot of vacuuming to do… But it was worth it! Happy, busy kids!

For younger kids, it can be easier to cut on coffee filters. Check out these beautiful coffee filter snowflakes from Jackie of Happy Hooligans!

Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says

I’ve been having a snowflake making fest here with my boys too, my post is scheduled for tomorrow. Funny though as we always start with a circle not a square! I’ll show them your way too as I’m sure they’ll love the variation.

shannon morales says

There is a reason I have never enjoyed making snowflakes. I think we got confused on the step where you fold each side into thirds. Then after I cut my design, it all fell apart when I opened it. Maybe we will keep trying…..

I have just found your blog and am pouring over every post trying to get some ideas for my 3 boys.

A curious question. My oldest is almost 10…can you recommend any good book series. He is a voracious reader but hard to find books to hold his interest…outside of Big Nate and Diary of Wimpy kid books…wanting him to move on to some more substance…..

Cindy says

I am a librarian. Here are some suggestions.

Peter and the Starcatcher Series, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson,

Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson,

Spirit Animals by Brandon Mull,

39 Clues by different authors,

Artimis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.

I hope this helps,

Becca says

I would also recommend FableHaven by Brandon Mull! They are really fun books for his age group.

H says

Love the snowflakes!

To answer the ‘books for a 10 y/o’ question…

A series my sons loved are by an author named Piet Prins. He was one of the most popular Dutch authors of children books. They are great for that age and a little older.

Scout is a series of 7 books. They are about a boy (named Tom), his 2 friends, and his German Shepherd (named Scout) and the adventures they have and solving mysteries. The setting is Holland. The 1st one is during WW2, and then the others are after the war. Great series!

All of these books can be found on Amazon. Read the reviews there, you won’t be disappointed! I loved reading all the books aloud. They are hard to put down!

Margaret says

We have ben reading a wonderful book series by Jenny L. Cote. I have been reading them aloud to my children aged 10, 8, 6, and 4. They are based on history and follow the adventures of a group of animals as they travel through time.

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kim t. says

hmm. i’m a little slow here, how do you “fold each side in thirds” and get that swallow tail look? I just can’t figure it out 🙁

Sarah says

Fold both sides over to the center, but so that they overlap equally. I hope that helps! Maybe we should do a video!

Ruth says

Nope. That doesn’t help either. To ” fold both sides over,” I need to know which sides.

Just not enough information. Help please.

Nefeli says

Thats is so nice ! Not only for kids. For me as well ! I ll try this once the winter comes…and then on Decenmber,, I ll make tons of them 🙂 thanks

Laura says

Parchment paper is great too for the younger kids to cut, then we hang them in garlands over the windows! My girls 5 and 3 LOVE making them and the whole house is filled! ?

Nancy says

Snowflakes have 6 points, spiders have 8 legs and stars can have a different number of points!!!! Again, there are ONLY 6 points to all snowflakes!!!