Regular paper can be folded and cut to make natural-looking six-pointed snowflakes, or filter paper can be soaked in a super-saturated solution of borax to create crystallized snowflakes. In either project, art imitates life, and no two snowflakes are alike.
To make a paper snowflake, a square of paper is folded in half widthwise once, creased and then folded in half again lengthwise to make a smaller square. The second fold is undone. Both edges are folded towards the center, creased and then undone. With the folded edge of the rectangle aligned at the bottom, the right side of the rectangle is folded up and over at a diagonal so that the corner just touches the crease on the left side. The left side is then folded over so that it fits along the edge of the previous fold. This not-quite triangle can then be folded in half, left to right. The folded paper is now ready to be cut. Students can try to create designs that look like photos of real snowflakes.
To make crystal snowflakes, filter paper can be cut into a circle to fit inside of a Petri dish or a deep plate. The filter paper is then folded to or three times and cut to resemble snowflakes. The filter paper snowflake should sit in a super-saturated solution of borax for at least an hour to allow the crystals to form.