How to Make Easy Paper Snowflakes

You and your children can make an unlimited number of snowflake patterns with this easy craft.
You and your children can make an unlimited number of snowflake patterns with this easy craft. (Image: snowflakes image by Raxxillion from Fotolia.com)

Consider making paper snowflakes if you're looking for an easy, traditional winter craft to do with your children. Not only are paper snowflakes beautiful--each one a different shape and as simple or intricate as you choose--they make inexpensive Christmas tree or window decorations. Crisp white paper and a pair of scissors are the key materials needed to create as many paper snowflakes as you like.

Things You'll Need

  • Plain white paper
  • Plate
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Liquid glue
  • Paint brush
  • Silver or white glitter
  • Work surface
  • Newspaper

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Make the Snowflake

Place a piece of paper on your work surface. Put the plate on the paper--turn the plate topside down for a larger snowflake or topside up for a smaller snowflake.

Hold the plate in place and trace around it lightly with a pencil. Cut the circle out along the pencil line.

Fold the circle in half three times to form an ice-cream cone shape.

Place the paper back on your work surface and turn the wide end of the cone towards you. Draw a pattern on the cone starting from the edge of the wide end of the cone. Leave a 1/2 inch of space at the narrow end of the cone. Cut the pattern out.

Hold the paper in your hand and cut a pattern out free hand for an alternative method. Hold one edge of the wide end and cut out different shapes on each side of the cone, but make sure you leave a 1/2 inch of space on the narrow end.

Unfold the paper all of the way to reveal the snow flake pattern you created.

Finish with Glitter

Cover your work surface with newspaper. Lay the snowflake on the work surface with the right side facing upward.

Spread a thin layer of glue on the entire surface of the snowflake with the paint brush.

Hold the glitter jar and lightly sprinkle the glitter on the entire surface of the snowflake. Pick up the snowflake and shake the extra glitter off.

Place the snowflake on the work surface away from the glitter and allow it to dry.

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