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!