Follow these simple steps for how to make paper snowflakes and you'll have a flurry of elegant DIY decorations.?

By Marla Christiansen
Updated November 04, 2020

Paper snowflakes perfectly capture the magic of winter snowfalls, regardless of the weather outside. And learning how to make paper snowflakes is probably much easier than you think. Just follow the simple steps outlined below (and watch the how-to video above) to make an elegant flurry of snowflakes around the house, or create a full storm of snow to decorate for a marathon of Christmas movies on Netflix. Luckily, you don't need professional-level craft skills or fancy supplies to learn how to make snowflakes out of paper: Just grab some ordinary printer paper and follow these basic steps to fold and snip your way to pretty DIY decorations.

Once you get the hang of it, get creative with your patterns and experiment with more intricate designs. From simple paper snowflake designs the kids can make themselves to elaborate creations, every paper snowflake is a little different, so you'll find a new beautiful surprise when you unfold each one.

What You'll Need:

  • 8.5-by-12-inch paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Steps to Make Paper Snowflakes:

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The easiest way to cut the paper into a perfect square is first to fold one corner of the paper to meet the opposite edge, creating a triangle and a rectangle. Then, fold the rectangle into the center, creasing along the edge of the triangle.

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Open up the piece of paper and cut off the rectangle. You now have a perfectly square piece you can use to make a paper snowflake.


Fold your paper diagonally, creating a triangle, then fold it in half again to form a smaller triangle.


Fold the triangle into thirds, being careful to line up the left and right edges of the paper. Trim off the bottom points by cutting along the horizontal edge.

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With the paper still folded, create your paper snowflake design. Experiment with different shapes, sizes, and styles to create a variety of designs and patterns. Have fun with it!


Cut out your paper snowflake pattern, making sure to keep some of the folded edge intact, or else your snowflake will fall apart.

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Carefully unfold the paper to reveal your unique paper snowflake. And that's it! Now you have festive paper snowflakes you can use as creative touches for wrapping holiday gifts, winter wonderland home decor, or any other idea you can think of for your new beautiful creations.