How to make a snow crystal – Star folding tutorial

I love making my own decorations for holidays! And these lovely paper stars are really nice to put on your window, or give away as a present. This Snow crystal is perfect for Christmas or winter decorations, I have stars like this up almost all the time. Make it in a nice red and you have something cozy for Christmas, or go green for Easter. As a bonus they also look like really pretty mandalas.

I have also shared the stars in the FindingNorth shop where you can buy both DIY kits and finished stars!

How to make a snow crystal window star

Click through for step-by-step instructions for making your own snow crystal! Get printable instructions by signing up for my newsletter at the end of the post.

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Materials

The first step is to gather your materials:

  • Kite paper* – Kite paper is a strong, transparent craft paper. It doesn’t tear as easily as tissue paper, but is still delicate.
    • If you don’t want to buy a large package of Kite Paper you can order your very own DIY kit from me! You’ll get enough pre-cut pieces of paper to make three stars in any color you’d like.
  • Glue Stick/Paper glue*
  • Scissors or a knife
  • Ruler

Cutting

NOTE: If you’ve purchased one of my DIY kits, you can skip straight to the folding!

The star is made by folding the points separately and then gluing them together to make a whole star.

For this star you’ll need 8 rectangular pieces of kite paper. I used 5 x 7 cm / 1.9 x 2.7 inches for my star. If you want a smaller or larger star you can change the size of your pieces.

It’s really important that the pieces are the same size and have even edges. The best thing is to fold the kite paper, making sure the creases are really sharp, and use a knife to cut the paper. Be careful so the paper doesn’t rip.

How to cut paper for window stars

You can also use scissors, just make sure you cut it very carefully.

Folding

Now to the actual folding!

Instructions for folding a snow crystal

Step 1: Fold the sheets lengthwise, so you get a sharp crease down the middle and unfold again.

Step 2: Then fold all 4 corners towards the middle.Instructions for folding a snow crystal

Step 3: Fold the top flaps/corners towards the middle crease. When you fold the flaps be careful so the paper stays where it should. The double paper underneath has a tendency to move.

Step 3.5: The star looks nicer if it’s flat at the end, so it’s a good idea to get out that paper glue and fix down the flaps.

Now you have one point for your star! It should look something like this:

Point of origami star

 

Now make 7 more that before you move on to the finish.

Finish

Step 4 (picture above): Glue all 8 pieces together into a star. Start with one piece and put glue on one lower corner, put the next piece on top, matching the sides to the middle lines. Continue like this until you have glued together all the pieces, and connected the last two pieces into one whole star.

Congratulations on your star!

Snow crystal - folding a star for the holidays

To put the star on your window you can use a glue stick. It will keep the star nicely on the window and is easy to wash off when you take the star down. You only need glue on a few points, not the whole star.

The drawings are borrowed from the book Crafts Through the Year*, and I really recommend that book, it’s a collection of great ways to make decorations and toys for you and your family.

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I would love to see your finished Christmas stars!

  • Please tag me on instagram if you share your creations there, or
  • share the star here in the comments!

If you have any questions please ask, I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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