By Ann-Marie Burton
My older daughter and I had a "Snowflake Saturday" one weekend.
We sat in our sunny kitchen figuring out how to fold and cut six-point snowflakes. A pin on Pinterest caught my attention and gives pictorial details but here is our short How-to version that we figured out via lots and lots of trial and error:
Supplies: Plain paper (any colour but plain printer paper is easiest to cut), sharp scissors, patience 🙂
1. You need a square piece of paper. Fold a regular 8×11 piece into a triangle and trim off the extra edge to create a square.
2. Now unfold the triangle to create a square, fold the square into a "hotdog" fold as my daughter calls it (which means just fold once in half so it's horizontal, like a hot dog bun).
3. Here's the tricky part, have the folded side of your hotdog fold closest to you, take one side and fold it towards the centre but fold at a 60 degree angle. Which means if you're folding the right side take the bottom right corner and fold in toward the centre and it will touch the top of the hotdog long fold.
4. Take the left hand bottom corner and fold intoward the other fold. It will now look like a heart.
5. Fold your heart in half.
6. Protect the last folded side, you may cut into it but keep a portion of it solid and strong to hold it all together. Trim and shape the top, bottom point and open side as much as you wish. The more trimming, the more delicate and decorative the snowflake will be.
This craft was originally published in January, 2012.