Follow these simple steps for a flurry of elegant DIY decorations.

Paper snowflakes perfectly capture the magic of winter snowfalls, regardless of the weather outside. And learning how to make them is probably much easier than you think. Follow the simple steps outlined below (and watch the how-to video above) to make an elegant flurry of snowflakes around the house, or create a full storm of snow to decorate for a marathon of Christmas movies on Netflix. Luckily, you don't need professional-level craft skills or fancy supplies to learn how to make snowflakes out of paper. Just grab some ordinary printer paper and follow these basic steps to fold and snip your way to pretty DIY decorations.

Once you get the hang of it, get creative with your patterns and experiment with more intricate designs. From simple paper snowflake designs, the kids can make themselves to elaborate creations, every paper snowflake is a little different.

What You'll Need:

  • 8.5-by-12-inch paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Steps to Make Paper Snowflakes:

How to Make Paper Snowflakes, Step 1, cut paper into a square
Credit: Marla Christiansen

1 Fold Your Paper

The easiest way to cut the paper into a perfect square is to fold one corner of the paper to meet the opposite edge, creating a triangle and a rectangle. Then, fold the rectangle into the center, creasing along the edge of the triangle.

Fold Paper to make a square
Credit: Marla Christiansen

2 Cut a Square

Open up the piece of paper and cut off the rectangle. You now have a perfect square.

3 Fold Again

Fold your paper diagonally, creating a triangle, then fold it in half again to form a smaller triangle.

4 Fold Into Thirds

Fold the triangle into thirds, being careful to line up the left and right edges of the paper. Trim off the bottom points by cutting along the horizontal edge.

How to Make Paper Snowflakes, Step 3, draw design
Credit: Marla Christiansen

5 Design Away

With the paper still folded, create your paper snowflake design. Experiment with different shapes, sizes, and styles to create a variety of designs and patterns. Have fun with it!

6 Cut Carefully

Cut out your paper snowflake pattern, making sure to keep some of the folded edges intact, or else your snowflake will fall apart.

finished paper snowflake
Credit: Marla Christiansen

7 Final Snowflake

Carefully unfold the paper to reveal your unique paper snowflake. And that's it! Now you have festive paper snowflakes you can use as creative touches for wrapping holiday gifts, winter wonderland home decor, or any other idea you can think of for your beautiful new creations.