How to Make Paper Snowflakes

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Paper snowflakes are a great way to decorate for the holidays, and they can be made simply by folding a square piece of paper into a triangle three or four times, cutting out small shapes from the folded edges of the paper and opening up the final product. Create various paper snowflakes with instructions from a former middle school art teacher in this free video on paper crafts.

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Today, to show you how to make a paper snowflake. Nice square sheet of paper would be great, and if you take and fold it into a triangle, make sure your creases are good and strong. And then I'm going to fold it again, never opening it up. And then I'm going to fold it again. You've folded it three times, and you will fold it one more time. Now, depending on the thickness of your paper, is the harder you have to squeeze to get your fold. Now this excess we don't need, so alls your going to do is clip that off. And what you do is you're going to cut from side and this side. I would stay away from cutting the center, cause you might end up with a little too much of it being a little too flimsy. Remember that when you're cutting on a fold if you cut like a diamond or a triangle shape that when it opens up you've done the other half at the same time. So, if you want to plan ahead, instead of a diamond I'm going to do half of a heart. And this part will get a little messy here, but that's okay. And what you do is either cut from this side or this side. So I'm going to cut a couple of triangles in here. And try to space them, once you get this going you can always cut bigger pieces out, just kind of pay attention, what you never want to do is cut totally across, obviously. So you're either cutting from one side or the other. Now go back to the other side, maybe do another little triangle here, go back to the other side, it's kind of fun to go back and forth on sides, just to give you a little variety here. Be careful when you're getting down to the end there, and I'm going to try one more small one over here. And I think I might just clip the end off a little bit. And sometimes I like to do something on the end too, I think just to give it a little flavor, I'll do a cut like that. So, not a lot of paper left right now, but if you take and unfold and keep unfolding, got two more to go, you will find that you've created a snowflake. And you can vary the size but just start off with a square, fold it in triangles four times.

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