Boy holding paper snowflake

How to make a paper snowflake

Learn how to make an easy paper snowflake as a fun Christmas project with the kids – simply follow our step-by-step instructions for a perfect result.

You only need paper, scissors and a sprinkle of festive spirit for this super easy activity! Making paper snowflakes is a great project for all ages – younger kids can use safe scissors and a bigger piece of paper to make it easier, whereas older kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy the challenge of making an intricate design. Best of all, every snowflake is unique – so you can be as creative as you like.

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For more fun ideas, try our top 5 Christmas crafts for kids.

How to make a paper snowflake

Makes one snowflake
Prep 10 mins

You will need
• A square piece of paper (if using A4 paper, simply fold the bottom of the paper upwards into a triangle and cut away the excess)
• Scissors

Step one

Fold a square piece of paper into a triangle, as shown below.

Piece of paper on table

Step two

Fold the triangle in half again, to make a smaller triangle.

fold triangle in half again

Step three

Fold over the right hand side of the triangle so that you are folding into thirds.

fold into thirds

Step four

Turn the paper over.

Turn the paper over

Step five

Repeat the fold as you did for step three, this time on the other side.

Step five, fold into thirds

Step six

Use scissors to cut straight across the top, as shown, so that you are left with a thin folded triangle.

Step six cut across top

Step seven

Now you can cut any shape into the folded snowflake, being careful not to make any cuts that go all the way across (this will break your snowflake).

step seven cutting shapes

Step eight

When you’re happy with your shapes, unfold your snowflake to reveal your finished design!

Step eight unfold snowflake

Looking for more festive craft projects? Try these guides…

How to make fake snow
Top 5 Christmas crafts for kids
How to make a snow globe
How to make a hot chocolate cone
How to make salt dough decorations
How to make a bath bomb  

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