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Snowflakes are incredibly beautiful.
But did you know we only learned about their structure and beauty in the late 1800s thanks to the pioneering work of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley.
Bentley was an American meteorologist and photographer who perfected a process of catching and photographing snowflakes before they could melt. He was the first person to take detailed photos of snowflakes and record their features.
Thanks to Bentley, we have learned that snowflakes have 6-fold radial symmetry. This means they have a single line, called an axis of 6-fold symmetry, about which the snowflake can be rotated by either 60° or 120° without changing its appearance.
And while it is fun to make paper snowflakes to decorate the house in winter, cutting a six-sided snowflake isn’t very straightforward.
But today, I’m going to make it easy for you. I’m sharing a simple process and a printable you can use to create your own beautiful six-sided paper snowflakes.
Print one of the templates included in my Six-Sided Snowflake Templates.
I recommend printing on thin paper and using a sharp pair of scissors with a pointed tip.
Fold your square in half to make a triangle.
Fold your triangle in half again to make a smaller triangle.
Fold the two side sections back behind the design section in the middle.
Cut along the lines to remove the shaded part of the design.
Unfold and reveal the beautiful six-sided snowflake you have created!
Additional designs are included in the Six-Sided Snowflake Templates printable.
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