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How to Make a Six-Pointed Paper Snowflake

3 of 4 in Series: The Essentials of Making Paper Snowflakes

One of the easiest, most common, and most enjoyable of holiday crafts is cutting snowflakes out of paper. Folding your paper to create a standard six-pointed paper snowflake is a little more difficult than a standard eight-pointed snowflake, but it isn't difficult. Just follow these steps.

1

Starting with a standard 8-1/2 x 11-inch sheet of paper, fold two adjacent edges together and make a crease.

If your paper is already perfectly square, you can go ahead and skip to step 4.

2

Fold the extra flap of paper over the edge next to it and make a crease.

Try to make this crease as straight as possible.

3

Unfold the paper completely and cut along the last crease you made.

You'll end up with a long, thin rectangle (which you can throw away) and a perfect square (which will soon become a beautiful snowflake).

4

With the paper square in front of you, fold the bottom edge up, align it with the top edge, and crease the bottom.

You now have a rectangle that's half the size of your original square.

5

Fold the left edge over, align it with right the edge, crease the right edge, and then unfold.

Your rectangle now has a crease down the middle of it..

6

Fold the left edge back over to the middle crease, crease the left edge, and unfold.

The left half of your rectangle is now divided in half by the crease.

7

Put your left finger along the bottom (folded) edge of the rectangle, just to the left of the middle crease, then grab the bottom right corner and fold it over until that corner just touches the crease you made in Step 6.

Get a good hard crease on that fold.

8

Fold the bottom left corner up to the right, on top of the section you folded in the preceding step.

The fold should fit just over the edge of the previous fold, and the bottom edge should line up with the right edge.

9

With the point at the bottom, fold the paper in half left-to-right.

Make sure all your creases are sharp before you move on.

10

Lop off the top.

Look on both sides of the triangle to make sure you cut off enough.

11

Cut your shapes out of the edges

Keep in mind that the botom point is the middle of your snowflake.

12

Unfold and display.

With a little experimentation, you can figure out how to create some really intricate, lacy designs.

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