Every year one of our favourite Christmas traditions is to make paper snowflakes. I think this is something we started when we moved back to Australia from New York and missed a winter Christmas. To begin with we used to make the 8 sided snowflakes where you just fold the paper in half and in half again 2 more times. But I never liked the look of those, and real snowflakes are always 6 or 12 sided, so I taught myself how to fold them to get more authentic looking snowflakes. Over the last 7 years, I've got quite good at folding them as I usually have to fold all of them for me and the 4 kids to cut. I've found it's easier to fold a whole bunch before we have our "snowflake cutting night"- usually while we an open fire to make it easy to dispose of all those paper scraps.
This year I decided to use up some old scrap booking paper that isn't be used for scrap booking, I cut the big pages into quarters so that I had 4 squares. [ If you are using plain white printer paper, make a square by folding a triangle at the bottom of the page and cutting off the thin paper strip at the top (this can be used later to make paper chains).]
When they are done, put the snowflakes between pages in a heavy book - like pressing flowers. We like to sticky tape them to the windows, or thread them on cotton (you can just sew a needle through the paper) and hang them all around. It sometimes helps to put a button on the end of the thread, or an ornament as it helps them to hang straight. If you put them over heat vents, or near windows, you get a lovely effect of snow flurries, with the snowflakes dancing around everywhere. Near windows and lights, you get beautiful snowflake shadows on the walls. Here are some photos from previous years: