Curbly Video Podcast: How To Make Picture Perfect Paper Snowflakes.

By: Chrisjob Dec 02, 2008

A piece of paper. A scissors. A scant five minutes. The results?

Holiday magic!

The paper snowflake is nearly everyone's first Christmastide craft, and its elegant aesthetic keeps folks creating 'em, year after year. But my elementary-school snowflakes never really captured nature's precise geometry and symmetry...they really looked more like crude doilies than lilting crystalline water.

As it turns out, the magic doesn't lie in obsessive, intricate scissorwork...but rather in starting in the right place: folding technique.

created on: 12/01/08

Here's a collection of patterns to inspire and capture the technique:

YarnOwl's Paper Snowflake Templates

Noel Noel Noel's Cutout Snowflakes

Dave's Paper Snowflake Patterns

Looking for more seasonal DIY projects and ideas?

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this is cool and fun


Can you show the cutting please :D
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Origami paper (especially double sided) makes wonderful snowflakes.  Its already square and is thin, which makes it easy to fold but quite strong so you can make a lot of cuts and it will hold its shape.

Loved the tutorial!  Thanks for making it, the more people snipping snowflakes the better.  It really is an under appreciated 'art' that people often feel is just for kids :)  Please check out some of my snowflakes at Thanks :)

Chrisjob, Thanks for mentioning my paper snowflakes web site. 

I am returning the favor by including a link to your great tutorial on my instructions page:


Ah...The Cabinet of Natural Curiousities. Biggest and heaviest I've got... :)

The book you used to press the snowflake.

What book? That video was in April...

Agreed: the book was a great bonus.

That was the most adorable, easy to follow video tutorial I've EVER seen. Are you a graphic designer/architect/engineer/video producer/crafter/seamstress/music producer, etc?  I Loved that. I've never had any luck with snowflakes.  Plus the cool book was a nice touch.

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