Things You Will NeedYou will need paper. Any size can work, but a standard 8.5 by 11 inch piece offers a good size to work with. The smaller it is the harder it will be and a larger piece will take longer to complete. White works well, not only because of the snowflake theme, but also because it is easier to see what you are doing. This doesn't mean you have to stick to white paper though. Copy paper is often a great thickness and you may feel your hand start to ache should you choose a thicker paper such as construction paper.
You will need a pair of scissors that fits your hand. If you choose a pair that is too small or too large for you it may cause cramps and pains in your hand.
You will need a waste paper bin, recycle bin, or a bowl to catch your scraps.
Finally, if you choose to decorate your creations you will need glitter, glue, glitter glue, sequins, and or construction paper to add to your creation.
Step 1Fold your paper.
The first thing you should do is fold one corner of your paper down until the edges match. This will form a triangle with one strip of extra paper.
Step 2Cut edge off.
You want to cut that edge off so that you have one good sized triangle. You can throw the extra strip away or use it to make tiny snowflakes. The choice is yours.
Step 3Fold your triangle in half.
You now want to fold your triangle in half. If you have done it right you will have one side that is made up of four unfolded edges, one side made up of two folded edges, and one side made up of one folded edges. You will want to hold it with your point up and the four unfolded edges down.
Step 4Cut the bottom edge.
The first thing to cut is the bottom edge. Here you will cut from one side to the other in a fancy edge. This is going to determine the shape of your snowflake. By leaving the two ends pointed you will leave pointed edges in your snowflake. If you choose to round them out this will give your snowflake a rounder edge. The choice is yours and you can remove as little or as much of this edge as you would like to shape your snowflake.
Step 5Cut your center hole.
To cut a center hole you will want to remove the point of your triangle. Traditionally this is done, though the choice is yours. You can cut a simple hole or get creative like I did in the example. The choice is really yours.
Step 6Cut a strip of paper out from one side.
Now you will begin to cut out strips of paper. You want to take your time and use the inside portion of your scissors to make the cut. Go slowly and work your way around the area you are cutting. Your goal should be to take out a narrow strip of paper in a flowing, but squiggly line. Slowly turn yourself around and go back the other way removing a strip of paper about 1/4" or less. When working your sides you will only cut from those sides with folds in them.
Step 7Cut a strip of paper from the other side.
Now working on the other side you will want to remove another strip of paper. Again make sure that you are taking your time. You want to work around the strip you already took out, but you don't want to get too close or you will cut out a portion of your snowflake which at times can be fetal to the snowflake.
Step 8Continue, remove a small piece from one side and then the other.
It is often difficult to go slow, but rushing it can cause poor results. Make sure that you take your time working one lacy piece of paper out of the snowflake and then another. Often this causes the center to be removed as much as possible before the sides are completed. You can then do smaller lacy cuts or cut out portions of the side in a larger pattern.
Step 9Here you can see that the cuts toward the bottom edge got wider and in one location it was a simple half circle that was removed. This works well and still produces a very nice looking snowflake. It is best if you avoid making sharp, straight cuts such as triangles though because this removes from the flowing look of the piece. You should also be careful not to cut into your bottom edge because that will cut out a very large section.
Step 10Carefully unfold.
If you go to fast while unfolding you may catch the delicate portions and rip them. It is best if you take your time and carefully unfold on side and then the other to reveal your new creation.
You now have a beautiful snowflake. You can hang it in your window. You can tape it to a piece of construction paper where it can be hung from the ceiling or to a wall. You can even have fun and decorate them. With care they can be colored with markers, colored pencils, or crayons. You can use glitter glue or glue and glitter to make them sparkle. You can also add sequins and other decorative items. Often it is easier to add heavier items after the delicate snowflake has been attached to the construction paper.
Step 12Practice makes perfect.
I would love to tell you that I know hundreds of people who I have taught to make these snowflakes over the years, however I don't. Most people don't have the patience for it and get frustrated when the first few snowflakes don't turn out. However, practice does make perfect and you can get this!
Just stick with it. If it doesn't work out then try again. Take it slow. Be careful not to cut too much at one time. Open it slowly and this can be a project you complete with success and that you even wow others throughout the coming years.
These are the types of snowflakes that really make a statement. They pop out and get others attention when they are proudly displayed in a window. They excite others and make a thrilling thing to look at. Each one comes out completely different. They are even fun to make once you get the hang of it. You can practice and make a beautiful snowflake!
Tips & Warnings*It really can't be stressed enough that practice makes perfect. You may find that it takes a few tries before you have great snowflakes coming out.
*Another thing that can't be stressed enough is to take it slow. This isn't a quick project. It isn't going to take hours, but it should take at least 15 minutes and maybe even 30 in the beginning. Take it slow. Make slow cuts and open it up slow.
*Think tiny, delicate, fancy, lacy, and other words that mean your cuts should never be straight and should always be flowing.
*Remember that even after years of making them and thousands of them under my belt I still make mistakes. I still cut where I shouldn't have or open too quickly and rip. These things do happen!