6-Sided Snowflake Symmetry

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6 sided celebration folding patterns

6-Sided Snowflake Patterns

Six sided, hexagonal shapes are the most common form of snowflake or ice crystal shape found in nature.

Folding Symmetrical Flakes

Snowflake patterns are paper cut-out shapes which are not only fun to make but are useful to help introduce math concepts to children.

All the tools necessary to make paper snowflake is a stack of paper and a few good scissors.

After that it's snip, snip, snip your way to an indoor blizzard of white (or colorful) paper snow crystals.

Snowflake designs can also be simply torn out as opposed to cutting. Tissue and napkin paper can easily be folded and parts torn out to create soft edged fuzzy flakes.

Paper Snowflake patterns include a variety of snowflake styles from simple 2 sided, the easiest for beginners to complex 6 and 12 sided templates. Snowflake craft is a good way to keep children happily immersed in mountains of snowflake cuttings while adults prepare for Christmas holiday and other winter related celebrations or get-to-gethers with family and friends.

Selection of paper is very important. What ever material you chose, whether paper, tissue, foil or recycled gift wrap, must be thin enough to fold multiple times yet allow scissors to cut through all layers of the folds.

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Select your paper and print a design template from Paper Snowflake's large library of quality patterns
Snowflake template

  1. Cut off the top and bottom text to create a perfect square

Snowflake template square

Pictoral fold instructions are diagramed on each snowflake format template. Follow the fold instructions for each style of snowflake you wish to cut.

Use standard craft or specialty scissors to cut away sections of the paper then gently unfold your masterpiece. Spray with starch to make the snowflake stiffen then flatten the snowflake between heavy flat objects like books or iron out all creases on the ironing board.

Symmetrical snowflake fold patterns and templates include 2, 3, 4, 6 and odd sided designs.

No two snowflakes are alike and mistakes can't happen, so experiment, play like the kid you are inside.

Pattern Styles Include:

2 Sided fold 3 Sided fold 4 Sided fold 6 Sided fold

2 sided

3 sided

4 sided

6 sided

Odd 5 Sided fold Coffee Filter fold Valentine fold Various  folds Miniflakes

Odd sided

Coffee Filter



Materials To Keep On Hand

  • Types of Paper for Fold and Cut Paper Snowflake PatternsConstruction Paper - Amazon.com product
    • Construction - multi colors
    • Copier - many colors
    • Tissue - many colors, for fold and tear patterns as well as fold/cut
    • Tracing paper, available in art stores and wherever art supplies are sold
    • Water-color paper arts & craft stores
    • Drawing pad paper - to design your own unique patterns
    • Onionskin - a specialty paper, very thin similar to tracing paper
    • Gift-wrap for colorful snowflakes

    Tools for Snowflake Cutting

    Scissors are the primary tool for cutting paper snowflakes. Scissors come in a variety of shapes and sizes and each serve specific purposes. Keep a selection of different sizes for multi-tasking. It is very important for your cutting instrument to have sharp blades. Stainless-steel, titanium-enhanced blades that stay sharp through heavy use are best.

    Discover which scissors are the best paper cutting scissors.

    • Standard Crafting Scissors - fits adult hands, adequate for most snowflake patterns.
    • Nail Scissors -for intricate cutting
    • Pinking Sheers - to make decorative edge cuts
    • Fiskars scissors - for cutting tight patterns and quick snips
    • Embroidery scissors
    • Precision Smooth Edge Scissors - designed for right and left-handed users
    • Child-Size safety scissors with rounded tips - for small hands and inexperienced users

    standard scissors
    X-ACTO Knife
    X-ACTO knive
    pinking sheers
    Pinking Sheers
    nail scissors
    Nail Scissors

    Suggested uses for paper snowflakes include:

    • Etching, stenciling, woodworking, embroidery, latch-hook rugs, wall hangings, crochet
    • Laminate and hang snowflake ornaments on your Christmas tree
    • Create soft ornaments. Trace the lines onto colorful craft foam pieces
    • Latch hook rug pieces. A group project for kids of any age!
    • Needlework projects. Make snowflake pillow cushions, table decorations, wall hangings for the holidays
    • Print snowflake window decals for stunning windows displays in home, office or car
    • Make snowflake refrigerator magnets with magnetic printing paper

    Mediums to keep Handy for the Creative Process

    • Cardboard - Use backs of empty paper stationery pads - to mount favorite flakes to display
    • Card stock - the type used for greeting cards, many colors
    • Foam craft sheets - many colors, trace outlines onto foam sheets for soft ornaments
    • Magnet sheets - Make snowflake refrigerator magnets
    • Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
    • Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
    • Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
    • Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
    • Chalk - many colors - draw sidewalk and driveway snowflakes!
    • Colored pencils - many colors
    • Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
    • Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
    • Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops for festive winter weather pillows and pillow cases
    • Puffy paint and glitter - to draw images and shapes on cloth
    • Wood for scroll saw ornament
    • Decal sheets for window decals
    • Plain tee shirts