How to Make an Eight-Pointed Paper Snowflake

4 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 eight-pointed paper snowflake is pretty easy, as long as you can keep track of which corner will be the center of the snowflake. 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 that flap and cut it off, following the crease you just 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) folded into an isosceles right triangle.

4

With the folded edge horizontally in front of you, fold the left corner over onto the right corner and crease.

You now have a quarter-sized triangle.

5

Fold the right corner up to the top corner and crease.

Your triangle just keeps getting smaller and smaller.

6

Fold the left edge over so that it lines up with the right edge and crease.

You'll end up with a triangle at the top that hasn't been folded as much as the rest.

7

Flip the paper over and cut that extra triangle off the top.

If you unfold the paper now, you'll have an octagon.

8

Cut shapes out of the edges of what's left.

Keep in mind that the bottom point of the triangle will be the center of the snowflake.

9

Unfold the snowflake and put it on display.

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

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