Cut Out Snowflakes from Newspaper

Here’s how to cut out a paper snowflake and turn it into a simple winter art project. We recently made snowflakes from newspaper and added some watercolors, starch, and glitter to some to really make them stand out!

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Watercolor Snowflakes Made from Newspaper! ~Buggy and Buddy


Do you remember making snowflakes from paper as a child? It was always so fun to see how the paper snowflakes looked when unfolding them! Recently, the kids and I had so much fun creating our own unique snowflakes from newspaper.  (This post contains affiliate links.)


I started by setting up a simple snowflake cutting area in our home. I grabbed a large basket from our kitchen and put some scissors and  paper in it. Whenever any of us were in the mood, we’d sit and cut out snowflakes. We actually still have the basket sitting out since it’s been a favorite activity for Lucy (and me) lately!


Paper Snowflake Cutting Basket


There’s tons of ways to fold paper for cutting snowflakes. Here’s the way I learned as a child. I taught this method to Lucy, but she also had fun trying out her own different ways to fold paper!

How to Cut Out Snowflakes from Paper

1. Start with a perfect square. Fold it in half to create a triangle.

How to fold a paper snowflake


2. Fold the triangle in half again.

How to fold a paper snowflake


3. Next, place the resulting triangle on a flat surface with the center point facing down. Imagine dividing it into thirds. Fold the right third over.

How to fold a paper snowflake


4. Now fold the left third over.

How to fold a paper snowflake


5. You can trim off the top or round it if you’d like. Now you’re ready to begin cutting your own snowflake!

How to fold a paper snowflake

Decorating & Displaying Paper Snowflakes

Once we built up quite a few snowflakes in our basket, we decided it would be fun to display them. The plain snowflakes cut out from newspaper look really neat mounted on black paper!


Newspaper Snowflake on Black

You can also add some color to your paper snowflakes.  I set up some watercolors on the table for Theo to use to decorate our paper snowflakes. We used Colorations Liquid Watercolors (which I LOVE), but you could also use regular watercolor cakes.

painting newspaper snowflakes with watercolors~ Buggy and Buddy


The best way to paint the snowflakes is by dabbing or dotting the color onto them with a paintbrush. If you try painting strokes, the snowflakes might tear. You could also use some plastic pipettes to apply the paint. Theo LOVED this method of painting, and it looked really neat as the colors started to bleed together!


Painting Newspaper Snowflakes with Watercolors~ Buggy and Buddy

Don’t all these colorful snowflakes look gorgeous against the black background? Making a colorful paper snowflake collage is such a fun winter craft for kids!

Watercolored Paper Snowflakes from Newspaper~ Buggy and Buddy


If you’re interested in hanging the snowflakes, you might want to paint them with liquid starch to stiffen them. We placed the snowflakes on wax paper and then painted them with a nice layer of the starch.


Using starch on paper snowflakes


Before the starch dries, you can also sprinkle them with glitter!


add glitter to the liquid starch

After the starch dries, slowly peel the snowflake off the wax paper. You’re ready to decorate! We hung all our starched paper snowflakes up to decorate the house!

Watercolored Paper Snowflakes~ Buggy and Buddy


I’m sure we’ll be making more paper snowflakes throughout the season. It never seems to get old!


newspaper snowflake art project


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  1. We did this the other day and my son wanted to CUT the snowflakes as well… THAT was a major disaster, and well as you know a melt-down happened because his did not come out the way it should 🙂 So we just stopped the project and moved on to making snowman’s 😉

  2. Okay…so at the risk of being the only one in the world who never made paper snowflakes I am slowly raising my hand. But…I am going to try it. Thanks for showing such easy instructions.

  3. Great step-by-step tutorial. And they are beautiful. We love paper! I am really enjoying your work! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Rita Neve says:

    I love this idea. Lots of great learning. Can’t wait to introduce it to my preschool tomorrow.

  5. I’d never have thought of making snowflakes using newspaper – they look great too!

  6. Ok, we will definitely do this activity! I actually don’t think I’ve ever made paper snowflakes before (I know, weird). I love that you were able to give newspaper a new life rather than tossing it out. These turned out so cute.

  7. These turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  8. I love how these have turned out adding the water colours just makes them so different.

    Thank you for coming and linking up to Tuesday Tots last week and just letting you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

  9. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! 🙂 Thanks for the instructions on different snowflake patterns to create, and I love how you and the kiddos painted these snowflakes. I’m going to need to try these at school soon. I’m featuring you at this week’s Share It Saturday!


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