Celebrate Winter With Four New Paper Snowflake Templates

By fisheries.noaa.gov

Celebrate the most wonderful time of year with our adorable Woods Hole Science Aquarium paper snowflakes! Enjoy four new designs inspired by a few of our aquarium residents: Atlantic cod, chain dogfish, common spider crab, and diamondback terrapin.

Paper SnowFlake Templates, NOAA Fisheries
Paper Snowflake Templates, NOAA Fisheries

Get your paper and scissors out because it’s time for some winter craft fun! Enjoy these downloadable and printable snowflake templates. Decorate your walls, windows, ceiling, holiday tree, and even your holiday cakes with four new designs. They’re inspired by a few of our Woods Hole Science Aquarium residents

  • Atlantic cod
  • Chain dogfish
  • Common spider crab
  • Diamondback terrapin

All you need to do is print the template, grab your scissors, and get folding and cutting. Want to create your own? We’ve got you! We’ve provided a blank template for you to create your own marine life snowflake!

If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, be sure to post a photo of your snowflake, tag us and use the hashtag #WHSASnowflakes. You can find us at @NOAAFisheriesNEMA on Facebook or @NOAAFish_NEFSC on Twitter. We can’t wait to see your snowflakes!

Print on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.

  • Cut the square template from the rest of the printed page.
  • Fold your square in half along the black lines to form a triangle. Fold each triangle in half another two times, always ending with the gray design area on top, facing up, and visible.
  • Cut away gray areas from the triangle, leaving white areas uncut.
  • The Atlantic cod and diamondback terrapin templates contain gray lines. Simply cut along the gray lines without cutting anything away. These cuts will be folded up to give your finished snowflake a 3D effect.
  • Gently unfold the cut template to reveal your aquarium animal snowflake. For the Atlantic cod, fold up the gill flap to give it a 3D effect. For the diamondback terrapin, fold up the cuts on its shell to give it a 3D effect.
  • Hang in a window or on the wall, from the ceiling, or on your holiday tree. Or, place your template over holiday baked goods, like a cake, and dust with powdered sugar or cocoa powder.

Warning: Snowflake cutting requires the use of scissors. Please carefully supervise children cutting out these templates.

Download the common spider crab snowflake template (PDF, 1 page)

Read more at fisheries.noaa.gov