Credit: Amberdawn 2011Do you remember making paper snowflakes when you were little? These decorations are so simple a child can do them, but paper snowflakes can be as simple as intricate as you like.  For a refresher on how to make these paper snowflake decorations, follow these steps.  The result will be a symmetrical snowflake with 8 points.

### Things You’ll Need:

•    White paper
•    Scissors

Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 1
If you start with a rectangular paper (such  as 8 1/2 by 11 inches) create a triangle by folding the corner of the paper to the opposite edge to start the snowflake.  Notice that the result is not a square at this point.  There will be a rectanglular flap where the edges don't match up.  However, if you are using a square paper, fold it the same way and skip step 2 below.

Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 2
Cut the rectangle off. Now you have a square, which is the start of a symmetrical snowflake decoration. The resulting shape at this point is a square that has been folded in half to create two congruent triangles.

Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 3
Hold the paper so that it looks like a triangle, then fold it in half.  You will end up with a triangle shape once again, only this time it is half the size of the first one.

Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 4
Fold the triangle in half again.  Again, you will end up with a triangle.  As a result of halving the paper 3 times, the paper snowflake will end up with 8 symmetrical sides like in the above example.

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Step5
Hold the paper as though it was an ice cream  cone. The closed point goes at the bottom (this will end up to be the center of the paper snowflake decoration). The open part stays at the top. This is a critical step, because if you don't put the correct part at the top before you cut in the next step, you will end up cutting the paper snowflake in half!

Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step6
Cut the top to make the triangle look like the Star Trek symbol. Your goal for your first paper snowflake is to make this shape symmetrical.  Later you can experiment and try making these points two different sizes for interesting, sometimes star-shaped results.  Each of these points will become the outside points of the paper snowflake decoration.

Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 7
Cut little bits out of the paper snowflake. Usually triangles work best, but feel free to experiment! After all, it's only paper, so it's practically free to try again.  You can make half heart shapes, half bats for Halloween, half shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day, or even half snowmen for irony!  The trick to making a delicate looking, lacey paper snowflake is to cut really deep into the center, as shown.  Notice that I've removed almost as much paper as I have left.  If you don't cut out enough pieces, your snowflake will have a chunkier look to it.  Also notice that I did not cut off the points of the above Star Trek symbol.  You want to leave these in tact, so that the snowflake has 8 points.

Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 8
You're finished!  Hang the snowflake in a window as decoration. Very pretty! Happy Holidays, and have fun making paper snowflake decorations.