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Origami master Francis Ow -well known for his origami hearts, is an origami designer whose work goes far beyond origami heart models. He is also a prolific creator of geometric and modular origami.

One of Mr. Ow’s recent creations is the modular origami snowflake and its variations. He has shared diagrams for this snowflake here.

The basic module is simple and requires only a few steps, but assembly can be tricky.

To help those who might have a challenge interpreting origami diagrams, Mr. Ow asked me to share his modular snowflake in a video. I hope this video of the basic snowflake and two variations will help clarify the folding sequence.

This  snowflake is made with six pieces of paper. Learning how to make the basic module and snowflake will open the door to making many other variations.

The module for this model can be made with square or rectangular pieces of paper.

Here are some origami snowflake variations

Francis-Ow-cool-snowflakeCool Snowflake. The module for this is made with a rectangle of 2:1 proportions, featuring a fan on the outer end of each module. Video with instructions to make the cool snowflake.



Hearts Snowflake and Cool Snowflake Version 3 The module for these is made with a rectangle of 2:1 proportions. A border has been added to the Cool Snowflake in order to close up the raw edges of the fans and to make it smaller.



Rabbit Snowflake The module for this is made with a rectangle of 2:1 proportions. How cute is this? How about making it with dollar bills? Make the rabbit snowflake following this video.



Globe Variation This globe-like variation is Hans Werner-Guth’s ingenious idea. The module for this is made with a rectangle of 4:1 proportions. The same tab system was applied to both ends of the paper. Try experiment with rectangles of different proportions!


Francis Ow’s origami work can be admired on his ‘Owrigami’ Flickr Photostream. Thank you Mr. Ow for your  generosity in sharing your fantastic creativity.


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  • Yaacov Metzger December 30, 2019, 1:44 pm


    Continued thanks to you for the tremendous amount of Origami that is shared through your terrific website! Just wanted to point out that your link at the top to Francis Ow’s Snowflake diagram is out-of-date. The current link is:

    Thank you!

    • Leyla Torres December 30, 2019, 9:56 pm

      Thank you Yaacov, the link to Francis Ow’s Snowflake has been updated.

      • jadon October 3, 2021, 9:18 pm


  • Samantha Eve March 15, 2014, 8:45 am


    These Origami models are amazing! They look impossible but with patience and skill everyone can achieve this… Fantastic!

    • Leyla Torres March 15, 2014, 5:01 pm

      Hi Samantha, yes, the secret is having the desire to make… if you are motivated then patience and skill will come and you will have much success!

  • AltaG April 21, 2013, 3:47 am

    I think younhave the BEST site which gives the BEST instructions…ther are NO-OTHER sites, which give instructions that are one-by-one CLEAR-STEPS, that helps Oh-so much! You have no idea just how help-ful you are..esp when you even side-step or …go-over the HARDER-STEPS, it’s almost as if YOU-TOO just KNOW which steps in a particular fold-or which”process” WILL-REQUIRE A deeper UNDER-TAKING…and YOU just..well you ARE THE BEST!!! THANK YOU…Gracias A Ud.

  • Danielle April 19, 2013, 12:33 pm

    Your presentation and care folding the models and choosing colors is so wonderful. Thank you for all your work putting together these posts and videos. Can’t wait to learn the rabbit snowflake!

  • Beth Rose April 12, 2013, 5:31 am

    Fabulous! Love the amazing range of possibilities!

    • Leyla Torres April 12, 2013, 10:17 am

      Endless, endless possibilities with this modular origami snowflake!

  • Adrian April 9, 2013, 7:04 am

    Beautiful!! I am going to try! Thanks!

    • Leyla Torres April 12, 2013, 10:17 am

      Hi Adrian. Share photos when you make some!

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  • Sonia April 7, 2013, 9:38 am

    they are amazingly beautiful…..

    • Leyla Torres April 7, 2013, 10:38 am

      They are beautiful indeed, Sonia. Francis Ow’s talent for designing origami never ceases to amaze me!

  • Rosemary April 7, 2013, 9:33 am

    Hi Leyla:

    Thank you as always Leyla for a spectacular tutorial. Hans, Francis, and Leyla … what a perfect combination of creativity. I am off to fold :-)


    • Leyla Torres April 7, 2013, 10:37 am

      Rosemary! If you take pictures of your snowflakes, please send them my way. I’d love to see what you make!

  • Rachel Grenfell April 7, 2013, 7:22 am

    Oi, Leyla.

    Abrir os e-mails da Origami Spirit é sempre a certeza de me deparar com algo que vai me encantar, mas você se supera!
    Mais uma vez, muito obrigada a você e ao Francis Ow.

    Rachel Grenfell

    • Leyla Torres April 7, 2013, 10:36 am

      Thank you Rachel, it makes me happy that you enjoy the posts here. It’s work that I do with great love!

  • Edna April 7, 2013, 12:01 am

    Leyla, it is so much fun to make this molecule, but when I click to the rabbit molecule, the webpage is not available. Please check it out. Thanks.

    • Leyla Torres April 7, 2013, 12:26 am

      Hi Edna,
      The link is fixed. Try it again. Thank you for letting me know!

  • John Sutton April 6, 2013, 11:49 pm

    This is just a wonderful post, Leyla. You never cease to amaze me. :)

    Coco is impressed too! ___( ) ^..^

    • Leyla Torres April 7, 2013, 10:35 am

      Thank you John!
      As an Editor in Chief of Origami Spirit, you contribute greatly to the joy of putting these posts together ;-)

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