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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.

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

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.

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

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.

Unfold that flap and cut it off, following the crease you just made.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Your triangle just keeps getting smaller and smaller.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Unfold the snowflake and put it on display.

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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Jan Saunders Maresh is a nationally known sewing journalist and educator as well as a best-selling author of 15 books, including Home Staging For Dummies. She has worked as the director of consumer education for White Sewing Machine Company and JoAnn Fabrics and is also an interior re-designer, color specialist, and certified staging professional.

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