How-to Fold

What size of paper should I start with? Each pattern has a number at the bottom point to let you know the size of the starting circle/square of paper. For example, if the number at the point is 6", it means that the diameter of the circle needs to be at least 6 inches or that the size of the square needs to be at least 6 inches x 6 inches. A good practice size is 6 to 9 inch diameter/square paper.

Expanded Directions: Scroll down to the blue background for the expanded directions.

How-to Fold a Circle

For a 6-Point Snowflake

Coffee filters are a favorite of beginners -- no "ears"!

Video: https://youtu.be/-9ajD7GRfcQ



How-to Fold a Square

For a 6-Point Snowflake

Newspaper is great for practicing folds! . . . and newspaper is a nice weight for cutting through twelve layers at once. Your local printing office may give away the unprinted "end rolls" or sell them for a small fee.

Tip: Use a paper punch to punch through twelve layers of the chosen paper to see how hard it will be on hands and tools. Generally speaking, 20 lb copy paper is the thickest paper that I like to use.

Video: https://youtu.be/Qo9FO_rLL5k

Note: The Red Box Folding Template is used primarily for demonstration purposes.

Please do not feel that you must use that much printer ink!

I prefer to use the Box Folding Template on the right below which can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iEk90dC_xS_EbHWgWsQfWzzC0u6nLyHo/view?usp=sharing


Box Folding Templates

Below and to the right you will find Box Folding Templates to help you practice your folding skills.

After printing, cut along the solid line to create a square. Then follow the folding directions below.


1. Fold the square in half diagonally.


2. Fold the resulting triangle in half by bringing the small points together.


3 & 4: Fold the remaining triangle into three parts creating a 30* angle at the bottom

and "ears" at the top.


see https://youtu.be/SqABF-lgqm8


Box Folding Template in Red

Warning: This uses a lot of ink! Make sure you have parent permission first.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WmvpqPnu8Tga61s27HQlMyrDRNhVi8Ir/view?usp=sharing

Box Folding Template in Gray

Caution: Although this does not use as much ink as the red, make sure you have parent permission to print.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13IBJoU-oA-KW4MHnJjy9USu6HIXubPse/view?usp=sharing

Christmas Snow

Box Folding Template & 6" Pattern

Video: https://youtu.be/SqABF-lgqm8

Pattern: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QlpHVfTjmWt8Btq8jsckFcgsGyPrzx5y/view?usp=sharing

Using 6" Pattern on Coffee Filter: https://youtu.be/3yZGom3F5oo

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Box Folding Template & 6" Pattern

https://drive.google.com/file/d/10W9dJZFlt_DYbauaEkg-ZzJrBX15r3Ry/view?usp=sharing

Using 6" Pattern on Coffee Filter: https://youtu.be/a257upFeBkE

Classic Snowflake

Box Folding Template & 6" Pattern

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Lx3-j4cbvKeTY6gQiuEILHpWRQut_-oL/view?usp=sharing

Using 6" Pattern on Coffee Filter: https://youtu.be/yJvCj_ToMmk

Q&A Star

Box Folding Template

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o5gxNU0jeo3hdGRAERdSciSMLgri5e5l/view?usp=sharing

see post in Blog (tab at top right)


For More Box Folding Templates see the Free Patterns Tab

Why 6 Points?

I choose six points to mimic what I see in nature. (I am actively choosing each day; people are always trying to convince me that eight points are easier, see https://youtu.be/cHKZzwFPzoU )


This makes a great science lesson as you delve into the structure of snowflakes and how and why they form. An amazing resource for the science behind snowflakes is Kenneth G. Libbrecht, Physics Professor at the California Institute of Technology, see http://snowcrystals.com/

You might even try your hand at macrophotography! Learn about Snowflake Bentley who is the first known person to photograph snowflakes at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptLmA263hlk and https://siarchives.si.edu/history/featured-topics/stories/wilson-bentley-pioneering-photographer-snowflakes There are many helpful groups on Facebook for photographing snowflakes and frozen bubbles.

The snowflake pictures below were taken with my cell phone (up to 8x zoom) with a Kodak clip-on macro lens (15x) . . . and A LOT of patience! It helps to wear a mask, so you don't breathe on the snowflakes -- they melt! You can catch the snowflakes on a scarf or hat, but my favorite way is to catch them on a piece of picture frame "glass." I then prop up the "glass" about three inches above the background (the non shiny side of tinfoil is my favorite background, but it is fun to experiment!) It also helps to have something to rest your arm against to help stay steady as you zoom in. Lots of breaks to warm up with some hot chocolate help too! Snowflakes change during a storm, so if at first they are just bits and pieces (it is windy in Iowa!), check again later.

Caution: This is a very challenging and addicting hobby: also known as watching beautiful ice crystals melt while trying to get the camera to cooperate -- Good Luck!

There are many amazing snowflake photographers out there! If you are interested in seeing more real snowflakes here are some links I hope you will enjoy!

Alexey Kljatov, https://alexey-kljatov.pixels.com/

Don Komarechka, https://skycrystals.ca/

Pam Eveleigh, https://www.flickr.com/photos/pameveleigh

Tip: Don't feel bad if the snowflakes don't pose for you like the professional shots show! If you end up with the snowflake oddities, like "pizza frogs," just remember that they are even more challenging to capture on film. Enjoy the view!


Below Left: Conglomerate Snowflakes: I love watching fluffy snowflakes falling slowly from the sky. Under magnification, we see that they are many snowflakes stuck together. (I use the term Conglomerate Snowflake. I am not sure how mainstream it is. I am a rockhound, so it makes sense to me.)

Below Right: The "large" snowflake has at least two tiny buddies. Can you see them?

Far Below, Left: Sometimes working at night by flashlight pays off! The colorful backgrounds below are a silver gift wrap that created very cool rainbow bokeh effects when I was trying to photograph snowflakes by flashlight after dark. The flashlight was placed between the "glass" and the background.

One More . . .

I couldn't resist sharing one more of the tiny snowflake caught between the branches of the snowflake above -- the detail in the center is amazing!!!

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