Origami Snowflake

Origami Snowflake

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 22
Find the Thai momi marbled paper in your paper pack (this shouldn’t be hard, since we have only two papers left)! The cutting we’ll be doing is called kirigami (there are entire books dedicated to this Japanese form of paper cutting). A quick lesson: origami is just folding paper, while kirigami is folding and cutting paper.
Although this might look simple, I highly recommend making a sample model before cutting into this lovely paper. You need to make sure that you get the folds right and that you cut on the correct edge of the paper, otherwise everything will simply fall apart!
For this project you will need:

  • This template
  • Thai Momi Marbled Paper cut to 7″ x 7″
  • Scissors

Step 1: Fold the square of paper in half.
Step 2: Fold it in half again.
Step 3: And again!
Step 4: Fold in half one last time to get something that looks like this.
Step 5: Cut out the template and place it on top of your folded piece of paper as shown.
Step 6: Cut off both ends of your snowflake, as shown on the pattern.
Step 7: Cut out the the tree. It is simpler to cut it out as four shapes (here you see I’ve cut the first shape) rather than trying to twist your scissors and the paper, cutting the tree shape out all in one go.
Step 8: Here’s my snowflake with all of the pieces cut out.
Step 9: Carefully unfold your snowflake.
Try your own cuts!
I’d love to see what you create! Share your ideas in the comments box below and show us what you made in the 25 Days of Paper FB group.
About the 25 Days of Paper 2015: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. Throughout December, I’ll be posting a paper tutorial on even days, and every odd day will bring news about paper artists, stores, distributors and more! Receive updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!


  1. Linda McCausland says:

    Hi Helen, Could you suggest a really good brand name for scissors. I’d like to invest but there are so many types and brands out there. Love to get something that can be sharpened and loved throughout the years.
    Happy Holidays!

    • Helen says:

      Hi Linda, I don’t have the answer, but I know that someone here will. I’m planning on addressing tools and materials, because I know that people have lots of tips to share! In the New Year! My best – Helen

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  3. Ann Martin says:

    Thanks for the template, Helen! I’ll enjoy making these as gift toppers. Linda, if you are looking for detail scissors for use with paper, I like the 5 inch micro-tip pair by Fiskars.

  4. Nancy Holley says:

    Sweet flake! Thanks Helen – I confess I haven’t finished last year’s projects but got this year’s calendar anyway as I love your paper selections and your projects. Just been a crazy year. I’ll get to them all, probably in a flurry.
    I love my OLFA scissors for precision cutting.