Make Fancy Snowflakes

‘Tis the season to be. . .making snowflakes! Here are some you can cut out and hang up, or give as gifts.

Craft by Michele Reyzer; photos by Mark Godfrey

What You Need:

  • paper (plain white, construction, or gift wrap)
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • pen or pencil
  • stapler
  • glue stick or tape
  • ribbon
  • snowflake patterns (see below)

What You Do:

  1. Begin with a piece of paper that’s 6 inches by 10 inches.
    snowflake craft
  2. Start at the short end and fold the paper up one inch. Continue folding the rest of the paper into one-inch pleats, like a fan. Be sure to keep the edges even. (Trim the last fold if it doesn’t line up evenly.)
    snowflake craft
  3. Staple the folded paper in the center.
  4. Draw or trace one of the patterns on your folded paper. Or make up your own pattern! (Tip: the pattern on both sides of the staple should be symmetrical.)
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  5. Cut along the lines of the pattern.
  6. Pull the pleats apart and glue or tape the ends together.
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  7. Add some ribbon for hanging your snowflake.


snowflakes pattern

snowflakes pattern

snowflakes pattern


FLAKE-Y FUN: Recycle your school papers and use them to make flakes!

paper snowflake