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How to Make the Perfect Paper Snowflakes

Cutting out paper snowflakes by hand is always a game of chance. And while kids’ one-of-a-kind examples look charming, using a template allows you to create spectacular snowflakes that double as party décor (like this backdrop for an hors d’oeuvres buffet). Made from squares of wrapping paper, butcher paper, or text-weight poster paper, they’re easy to cut into multiple sizes.

Photography by: Aaron Dyer

1. Choose a square sheet of paper as large as desired snowflake. (Our largest is 34 inches across.)

Photography by: Mike Krautter

2. Download our templates; scale to your paper size, print, and cut out. Fold paper diagonally twice, then fold along dotted lines.

Photography by: Mike Krautter

3. Staple template to folded paper in areas to be cut out.

Photography by: Mike Krautter

With craft scissors, cut off uncovered portion and along all solid lines.

4. Unfold and hang with removable adhesive.


All-purpose scissors, by Martha Stewart Crafts, $20; and removable Glue Dots, from $5,