Making Paper Snowflakes

November 28, 2007

How do you cut paper snowflakes? Here are tips from the ThriftyFun community. Post your own techniques here.

Step By Step Directions

Start, of course, with a practice piece of paper fold it into a square several times. When cutting, hold your finger and thumb over the center fold. If you cut this, it will all fall apart. Cut into the remaining edges, like you are cutting out a little stream, go straight, go crooked, make some long, make some short, you can round the other point.

The better you get at this, the more intricate you can make your cuts. Just start with a few, open it up and then you can see how it works and the next one you can do better. Good luck. You must be young, everyone from my generation knows how to cut snowflakes!

Merry Christmas

By Bonnie

Decorate The House For Christmas With Snowflakes

I decorated the house and tree one year with a couple of hundred of those. I made squares out of white freezer paper and waxed paper, folded in quarters, then once more. Make sure the folds are nice and sharp. Then cut as much as you can. Cut snips of diamond shapes out of both long edges, then cut the loose edges and one SMALL snip on the small middle point. You can unfold and hang up, or when I made them for a Christmas party, I dipped them in hot parafin, pressed them in clear glitter, and laid them flat to dry. Boy were they pretty! Though a real pain to make many of. The way I made mine, were about 4 inches from edge to edge. Any bigger than that and they tended to fold into themselves. Merry Christmas!

By Margie

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October 23, 2020

I've always loved to cut out paper snowflakes and hang them in the window during Christmas. (I've even used them to separate layers of cookies in a cookie tin.) It's so much fun to slowly and carefully unfold the snowflake to see the end result. All you need is printer paper, a pencil, and sharp scissors with a fine point.

Fancy Paper Snowflake - closeup of finished snowflake

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December 11, 2006

Sturdy Paper Snowflakes. To make paper snowflakes more sturdy, dip them in melted wax from old candles and leave them on wax paper to dry.

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December 18, 2008

How do you make original and interesting "snowflakes"?


December 19, 20080 found this helpful

Do you mean the cut-out paper kind?
Here are a few basic instructions:

This is fun to play with and lets you preview your design and print them when you are done:

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By Linda (Guest Post)
December 20, 20080 found this helpful

You can use empty toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes. Cut them in about 1/2 inch strips (around) and then pinch into an elongated shape. Then glue the ends together in a snowflake shape. You can paint them, glitter, them or whatever you come up with. Hope this helps! Can't find my camera right now.

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December 21, 20080 found this helpful

If you are meaning the cut out paper kind, a previous poster has given you directions. However, I'd like to add that these can be very interesting but you must cut out a lot of the paper and make them lacy. When I did this craft with students, I told them they should have more garbage than snowflake left. You can also make cut outs so that there are hearts or snowmen or bells inside the snowflake. Experiment.

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December 22, 20080 found this helpful

I ask just one thing: real snowflakes have six points, so maybe you'd consider six points? I see eight-pointers here and there. Yep, I'm the beady-eyed lady standing there counting and scowling. Have fun!

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October 22, 2010

I would like to know how to make cutout paper snowflakes. Would someone please share the instructions with me?

By candy from North Myrtle Beach, SC


October 22, 20100 found this helpful

Watch the video.

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October 22, 20200 found this helpful

I can make a template for you, if you'd like, and then you can follow the folding pattern and go from there to cut out a paper snowflake. My favorite designs are made w/ cut out trees, hearts and stars. I've posted a pic of 4 that I made and had hanging in the window last Christmas.

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January 6, 2016

This is a page about making 3D paper snowflakes. Try making this dimensional alternative to the traditional paper snowflake to decorate for the holidays or entertain the kids on a cold wintry day.

Making 3D Paper Snowflakes

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January 27, 2017

If you are familiar with the images displayed in a Rorschach test then you can envision these fun to make snowflakes. This is a page about making Rorschach snowflakes.

Rorschach Snowflakes - different design

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December 22, 2016

This is a page about making a name snowflake. Using your name as the cutting lines on a paper snowflake is a fun variation on this popular craft.

finished name snowflake

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October 22, 2010

I need a pattern to make a snowflake.

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December 9, 2009

How do you make paper snowflakes?

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December 16, 2008

I have enjoyed this site, but in the Christmas section, I cannot find anything for paper snowflakes that you cut with scissors and use either typing paper, tissue paper, or origami paper.

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