Step by Step Instructions for Making Paper Snowflakes

Instead of classic birthday function games and activities at your party, why not try some traditional winter activities instead? Paper snowflakes are a family favorite and you can be as simple or as elaborate as you like!

Paper Snowflakes Instructions


  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Little Hands and Kids’ Attention


  1. First, begin with a square piece of copy paper. I usually make two snowflakes for every 8.5″x11″ piece of paper, so I first cut the paper in half, and then make a square from each half. This makes a snowflake about 5″ across. If you’re just learning to make snowflakes, using a full piece of paper for each snowflake may be easier to practice with.
  2. Fold the square of paper diagonally to make a triangle.
  3. Fold this larger triangle in half to make a smaller triangle.Imagine the triangle in thirds, and fold the right third over, as shown. If you want to be precise and have a protractor, each “third” in this step is a 30 degree angle.
  4. Fold the left third over. Try to get all of the folds to line up as close as possible for the most symmetrical snowflake.Cut off the top of the paper at an angle. Make sure to cut if off so that all remaining layers of paper are equal. Cutting at an angle is what makes the points of the snowflake. Eventually, you’ll learn to cut at different angles to make snowflakes with points that are more or less sharp.
  5. This is where your imagination comes in. Begin cutting away from the sides of the paper. Usually, cutting small triangles from the sides is easiest, but don’t forget to try other shapes.
  6. Unfold the paper very carefully.

party planning tipc4u Tip: For guided imagery on creating paper snowflakes, see Add glitter if you like, or tie strings to the finished snowflakes and use them as decorations.

Originally shared instructions for these paper snowflakes craft in the Child’s Holiday Birthday Party Guide on Birthday Party Kidz.