Christmas Origami Instructions:  Snowflake (Dennis Walker)

Christmas Origami Instructions: Snowflake (Dennis Walker)


In this video I’m going to show you how to fold this snowflake model designed by Dennis Walker. And you’ll have to start with a hexagon. If don’t know how to cut a hexagon, please check one of my other videos. If you want a model of this size, you will have to start with a hexagon that’s that size. This one has a 10 cm side length, which is about 4 in and then the resulting model will have a side length of about 5 cm or 2 in. The best paper to use is translucent paper for example, tracing paper. Because then you can see an effect of several layers being on top of each other or just having single layers and when you put it on a window it will have a very nice effect when the sun shines through. For more clarity I’m going to use paper that is white on one side, and yellow on the other. And if you also are using paper that is only colored on one side, please start with the white side up. First we need to mark the center of the hexagon. For this we’re just going to align two opposite edges, and make a small pinch in the center. Then rotate and do the same thing with two other edges. Unfold and then you have the center marked. Now we’re going to start by aligning two opposite edges again, like so. And then crease on the sides only. The center does not need to be creased, and if you crease in about a quarter of the way you should be fine, but you can do just a bit more. Unfold, and then repeat two more times. Now, take the edge and align it with the center. For this you can use the center that you creased from the beginning, plus the two creases you created before, just to get nice accuracy. and then crease all the way through. Unfold, and repeat five more times. Once you’ve done that, you now want to do something like a rabbit ear. So you want to fold in two adjoining creases, just up until their intersection. FIrst one, and the second one, and then a flap will emerge and you can fold that to one side. Then rotate a bit, and you’ve got one folded in already, open it up a bit, fold in the other, and flatten. You’re going along creases you just created. On the last one you will have to open up the first one you folded a bit, so just take that flap right here and open it up to this point right there – just along that crease. Like so. And then you can make a nice symmetrical model. Kind of like a hexagonal windmill. Now, make one of these flaps stand up so it’s perpendicular to the surface, and make some space just by folding one of those flaps back. Now we want to squash fold this flap. So just put your finger inside right there, and then push so that this crease right here right that edge, you’re flattening it so that the point will lie exactly on the middle, like so. Now we want to make a petal fold on here, so we’re going to take this edge and align it with that crease, like so. Same thing on the other side, just take that flap and fold it in. Then unfold and make reverse folds on each of those precreasings. So lift this single layer of paper and then just push in along the crease you just created. Like so. So you can see you have this flap here, and here it’s disappeared inside. And fold in in an inside reverse fold. Now you have this new flap, we’re just going to fold it up as far as it goes. And that point right here will lie on that point up there. Repeat on the five other flaps. I advise you to go clockwise so that each time no flaps will be in the way, right here, to make nice accurate folds. Once you’ve completed this on all six flaps, turn the model over, and now crease between two points where one is left as a gap. So you’re making a crease right along there. By doing so, you’ll see that the paper will naturally want to form that crease. Both because of the petal fold we just created and you can also notice that you’re bringing that point right here to the center. Unfold, and then repeat five more times. You can keep the final one of those flaps folded. Now let’s zoom in a bit. We’re now going to collapse along the creases we created similar to what we did in the beginning. So with the first one folded, we’re going to fold in the one to the right, and for that we need to open up the section a bit. We want to make a valley fold right along this edge right here. So open up a bit and then fold along the existing crease and make a new crease right there. And same with the next one. Open up, make a crease along that edge, and then another crease right here. And once more, another time right here, and for the final one, you again have to open up a bit right there so that you can crease on the side like so, and the other one you also want to have accurately, so just try to really open that up so it’s rounded, before you push it flat. Like so. Now we’re going to work on these flaps. Just squashing them down, taking that edge right there pushing on it, like opening up this flap, pushing on the crease and aligning it with the parting that you can see underneath. Like so. Repeat on the other flaps. Like so. Now we want to hide these sections right here this section, inside. So we’re going to take two adjoining points and open up, and you can see a crease right here and there’s another one right here. just where there’s also an extra layer. You want to make those into mountain folds (they’re valley folds) Like so. And then close the model up again. And making sure it’s symmetrical. So that you’re not creating any new creases, you’re just reversing them. Again, open up, first make the valleys on the sides into mountains, Like so, and then make the creases that you can see right here into valley folds. You can precrease if you like, if you’re uncertain whether you’re working accurately enough, by just flattening down. Like so. And repeat a couple more times. If any of them get undone, just hide them back in again. There is no harm in that. Like so. Now flip the model over. and now we’re going to take each of these points and crease them out as far as they go. Like so. Just as far as they go. First one … second one … and four more times. Like so. Now flip the model over and take two adjoining points and pull them apart. When you do that you can see that there is an extra flap right here, and it’s in the back, and we want to bring it forward. Same thing on the other side. Just by pulling those corners. And do that again. Like this – we’re opening up the layers a bit and then we can make our next step which is also the final one. Just always making sure it’s afterwards on top where before it was in the back. You can see it’s kind of closed up, and then bringing it forward and then it’s quite open and easy to move. Like so. And one final time. Like that. Now we’re just going to do the final shaping. For that, we’re first going to take one of the edges of those big parallelograms, so take one of these edges and crease it to the center just using one layer. So take one layer, right there, and crease it to the center. And you can see up here there’s several layers that point upwards and we need to do something there. So to flatten the whole model, we have to create new creases. So first what we’re going to do is we’re going to take that edge which is slightly popping up now, and we’re going to crease it to that edge right there. Again, making an angle bisector. So you take that one layer right there, and align it with the outer edge. Like so. Now you can flatten this section, and that section, and you create a small new crease right here where i’m pointing. Just by pressing down Like so. And then you need to do that 11 more times. Just take one of these layers, crease them to the center, Then take that layer, also align it, and then press flat. And then your model is all done. This is the front view, and that’s the back view.

98 thoughts on “Christmas Origami Instructions: Snowflake (Dennis Walker)

  1. I just called Hobby Lobby and found out that they discontinued it! 🙁
    Just my luck… but, I am looking for it in maybe a tablet. ? Thanks:)

  2. If you google "Canson tracing paper roll hobby lobby", you'll find the link to buy it online from Hobby Lobby. (I cant post the link directly on here because YouTube doesn't allow web addresses in the comments)
    It's weird that your local store Hobby Lobby said that because I've been to different stores and they all had it! But now you can order it online 🙂

  3. Oh! Can't thank you enough!!! It popped right up on google! I just needed the name of it:) You're sweeeeeeeeet! 🙂

  4. Thank you so much.  This is, without a doubt, the best instructional video on any subject I've ever seen!  Clear, concise, well thought out, not overly 'talky' and perfectly executed.  I do a lot of art work, quilting, embroidery, stumpwork, watercolors and crochet.  I do NOT do the cutsie garbage, I make ART.  This is art.  I have quite by accident stumbled on my next art to conquer!  And thanks to your lovely videos I will learn it correctly and be able to make objects of art instead of homemade looking 'crap'.  Thank you again so much.  By the way, your accent is absolutely charming.  Are you Irish?

  5. I second Barbara Vick. She has a beautiful charming accent. Excellent work. Best instructions I've ever heard..Cheers.

  6. Great tutorial and voice. Maybe with practice I'll get more done than I have in the five hours, two (granted from finding a hexagon to print and cut out paper and never have done this). Who has beat that time?

  7. Hi there and Merry Christmas to you, I wanted to take the time to say what a great video you have put together-I get very tired of music and too much talking and not enough showing.  I must say you have made a very good tutorial for this snowflake.  I am going to join your channel.  I wanted to make these for Christmas decorations and I think I can do it ok as I have done paper folding before.  The only one that looks tricky is the final fold, I will practice first…many thanks again

  8. I like origami because is une of the few things I'm able to do successfully.
    I've seen many chanels and une thing I liked the most about your videos is that you explain it calm an step by step.
    Thank you for your videos.

  9. My English is not very good, but You are showing everything really thoroughly. And on the occasion of I am learning English 😉

  10. Dear Sara,
    Last year I quilled some beautiful snowflakes and included them in my cards as a Xmas gift and everyone loved them. This year I have chosen this beautiful model to do the same; I thought it would look great hanging in my loved one's windows.
              I contacted a few of the paper stores you suggested in giveaway # 4 tracking down just clear glassine paper. Not to easy to come upon, so took your suggestion and purchased a tablet of tracing paper. Got my hexagon cut out, folded the model last night, and OMG you were right–they're absolutely gorgeous. The very last fold was a little tricky to get them all at the same angle symmetrically, but after folding a few more models I'm sure to get it mastered and to start a production line in time for Xmas. Sara, thanks again for all of the beautiful models you provide and for the great paper suggestions along the way. You always have such interesting little tidbits in your tutorials.
                                              looking forward to your next video,
                                                                                             Brent

  11. These are the best instructions of all that I've seen on the internet.  Excellent video, excellent speech, just plain excellent.  Thank you!

  12. 13:25  I have an easier way to reverse the valley folds and hide the small triangles inside.  I was using translucent kite paper and I found that when I did it the way she teaches in the video, my little triangles would slide around, and not go down flat.  Here's how I did mine:  I lifted each side of the triangle and reversed one fold at a time, and pressed it down underneath and held with my thumb and fore-finger before reversing the fold on the other side of the triangle.  This worked VERY well and took my no time at all.  GREAT VIDEO- very clear instructions- thank you so much for this video- the design is beautiful and instructions very clear and precise- and of course the dotted lines on the paper is a huge help.

  13. This vid is so beautiful, ur explanation of instructions was on point and awesome. I just recently started doing origami love crafts. Will be watching more of ur vids.

  14. This vid is so beautiful, ur explanation of instructions was on point and awesome. I just recently started doing origami love crafts. Will be watching more of ur vids.

  15. I think you're tutorial is awesome, but bring some joy into your videos, you're channel is called happy folding but you sound more bored than happy

  16. Спасибо. А я голову ломал, чтобы в детский сад, ребенку, на праздник сделать.

  17. This is such a beautiful model and you explain how to fold it really clearly. I think I'm going to give this a try with some glassine in time for Christmas.

  18. By the way… How do you get a hexagon out of a square with no extra creases? I cannot find a tutorial for cutting it this way

  19. Awesome! We shared it among the Top Video Tutorial 🙂
    http://topvideotutorial.com/video-tutorials/categories/diy-bricolage/christmas-snowflakes-decorations-with-origami

  20. First time using tracing paper – beautiful result, and the end result was worth taking it slow and deliberately! Thanks for this!

  21. #MyFirst This my not be my first of your videos, but I distinctly remember it because I watched it a bunch of times so I could really learn it. Then I made about 50 of these snowflakes to decorate a tree at the dance studio I go to. That was fun!

  22. #myfirst I already wrote on the 2 day of the giveaway but them I re-watched the video and saw that it HD to be on the video so here I am, so much time has passed it was like 5 years ago…. and a question if I create my own origami were do I upload it? thx in advance 😀

  23. #myfirst 6 years ago I watched this and still like to fold it. Your videos are always very helpful. As always, love your work!

  24. #myfirst This was the first one I watched and I folded several of these to use as Christmas decorations, and I still bring them out every year!

  25. I think this was #myfirst video I saw on this Channel. I was a really big fan of Stars and Snowflakes when I started with Origami.So I searched on Youtube for some Tutorials and this was one of the first videos showed up.Because I was a Beginner your very detailed Video helped my a lot and let me understand the Tutorial quiet easily.After I finished the Snowflake I started to watch other Videos from your channel and became a really big Fan of your work and so I subscribed to you and enjoy every Video you upload:)

  26. #remake please
    in my mind, this was the first I've seen, understanding nothing, so far. It was in the very first steps to learn Origami. Thank you for your wonderful tutorials at this place.

  27. #myfirst
    It was between this and Ralf Konrad's Star Puff! Admittedly, it could be neither one of these too 😉

  28. Love it. Have made this many times. Going to make many as gifts. Got a sticky rhinestone and glued it over the centre.

  29. We as DIY Video makers dont get a lot of attention like these other funny and entertaining videos, why?

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