Making Paper Snowflakes

Creative Wednesdays

Whether you are buried under a foot of snow or not, all children enjoy making and decorating paper snowflakes. You can make the project as easy or difficult as you want and in a countless different shapes, sizes, and colors. Even kids that are too young to use scissors will love decorating paper snowflakes using glitter, paint, or crayons. If the children will be decorating the paper snowflakes it’s best to use heavy weight paper rather than typical printer paper.

You Will Need:

White Paper
Paper Plate


Paint Brushes
Snowflake Templates
Newspaper (to protect work surface)

What to Do:

1. If the kids are going to paint or decorate their paper snowflakes with glitter, cover the work surface with newspaper.

2. Trace the paper plate onto white paper and cut out the circle.

3. Fold the circle in half three times to form an ice-cream cone.

4. Draw a pattern on the cone leaving at least 1/2-inch of space at the narrow und of the cone. Cut the pattern. Find great snowflake patterns at and

5. Allow the kids to decorate their snowflakes anyway they choose. If using glitter, spread a thin layer of glue on the snowflake with a paint brush. Sprinkle a little glitter on the snowflake. Pick up the snowflake and shake the extra glitter off. Allow to dry before hanging the paper snowflakes.

Don’t forget to read children’s books about snow and snowflakes with the kids before and after making paper snowflakes like the ones listed below:

Snowflakes Fall

The Snowy Day

Charlie and Lola: Snow is My Favorite and My Best

All the Little Snowflakes

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder

Curious About Snow (Smithsonian)


Photos by Stephanie Felzenberg


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