## ‘Tis the Season to Make Paper Snowflakes

### December 14, 2010

This evening I tried, through two thousand miles of phone wire, to explain to my friend Cynthia how to make a six-sided (six-pointed?) snowflake using dinner napkins. I failed. So here are the directions, with visual aids.

Begin wiith regular dinner napkins. These are just about always square, folded into fourths. Perfect. Also, get a pair of scissors, and have at the ready a triangle that has at least one 60 degree angle on it. An equilateral triangle has three angles that measure 60 degrees, so this is the best one to use. And where can you get this triangle? Well, right here.

Print this out then cut it out.

Next, open up a napkin so that it is folded in half instead of fourths, From the middle of the folded edge, fold the bottom up 60 degrees. To get just the right angle, use the 60 degree triangle, placing the point of the triangle on the bottom of the middle fold on the napkin. See the picture below.

I drew out the rest of these directions. Here they are. These directions start from the beginning. .

Now here’s how my snowflakes looked after I made cuts.

And here they are hanging on my front door.

If you want to attach snowflakes to a window in such a way that the tape doesn’t have to be scraped off, use Scotch Magic Tape. This is the only tape that I have found that comes off of glass when you want it to come off.

### 6 Responses to “‘Tis the Season to Make Paper Snowflakes”

1. Carole M. Says:

hi Paula; I love your snowflakes tutorial; I’ve also got some hanging at my doorway. You will find a blog-post under paper-cuttings label in December 09 with images if you wish. I like your idea using the folder napkins too

• Carole M…I had a great time looking at the your posts about paper cutting. Thanks for pointing me in your direction. The added bonus was seeing your Christmas tour of Sydney. From my northern hemisphere perspective all the holiday decorations against the southern hemisphere backdrop are fun to see.

2. Cynthia Says:

Paula, yes! Your instructions and photos are flawless and inspiring guides. I think I will print them out and post them at work for folks to make snowflakes as they are standing waiting for their lunches to heat up. OX C

• Thanks Cynthia.
As a geographer, you might find it interesting that the two comments on this post (yours and Carole M’s) came from nearly opposite co-ordinates: yours at 45 N 93 W and Carole’s at 33 S 151 E

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