Origami Christmas Ornaments to Make

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These paper Christmas ornaments are easy to make and look gorgeous hung on the Christmas tree. They make nice gifts, and making them is a fun craft activity to do with the kids.

Origami Christmas Ornaments

I learned how to make these origami Christmas ornaments from my cousin Robin one Xmas. He and his family are really creative and are always making intresting things. Here he is holding up one of the decorations that we made together:

origami christmas ornaments

Ready to make one? First you'll need to gather your materials...


Materials to Make Origami Christmas Ornaments

All you need is:

  • 6 sheets colored paper, each 6" by 12" (I used wrapping paper cut to size)
  • Glue or double-sided adhesive tape
  • String or ribbon to hang your decoration

That's it!


How to Make Origami Christmas Ornaments

I promise you that making these ornaments is actually really easy. Don't worry about the number of steps, because each step is reallys simple. And if you get stuck at any point, contact me, and I'll see if I can help :-)

Step 1

Start with a 6" by 12" piece of wrapping paper (or other colorful paper) like the picture below. My paper is a bit crumpled because I'm being green and recycling a piece of used wrapping paper :-)

origami christmas ornaments step 1

Turn it over so that the nice side is down, then fold in half:

origami christmas ornaments step 1


Step 2

Fold in half and unfold again along each of the two diagonal directions, shown by the dashed lines below:

origami christmas ornaments step 2

Then fold in half and unfold again along the horizontal and vertical directions, shown by the lines below:

origami christmas ornaments step 2b


Step 3

Fold the left and right sides in to meet the center.

origami christmas ornaments step 3


Step 4

Fold the top and bottom edges in to meet the center

origami christmas ornaments step 4


Step 5

Fold up diagonally like this, then unfold:

origami christmas ornaments step 5

Make the same fold again but in the other direction:

origami christmas ornaments step 5b


Step 6

Fold up the bottom and open it outward at the same time, as shown by the arrows below:

origami christmas ornaments step 6

Keep going...

origami christmas ornaments step 6b

...and then squash it flat like this:

origami christmas ornaments step 6c

Do the same thing on the top, so that your paper ends up looking like this:

origami christmas ornaments step 6d


Step 7

Fold up the two top flaps, and fold down the two bottom flaps:

origami christmas ornaments step 7

Your paper should then look like this:

origami christmas ornaments step 7b


Step 8

Lift up the top-right flap, and open it out...

origami christmas ornaments step 8

Keep going...

origami christmas ornaments step 8b

And squash it flat:

origami christmas ornaments step 8c

Then do the same thing for the other three flaps, so that your paper looks like this:

origami christmas ornaments step 8d


Step 9

Fold in the two sides of the top-right square, like this:

origami christmas ornaments step 9


Step 10

Open out one of the folds you just made:

origami christmas ornaments step 10

Then squash it flat:

origami christmas ornaments step 10b

Repeat with the other flap, and your paper should look like this:

origami christmas ornaments step 10d


Step 11

Repeat steps 9 and 10 all the way around the paper. Then fold back the 4 corners along the lines shown below:

origami christmas ornaments step 11

This is what the paper should look like from the other side:

origami christmas ornaments step 11b


Step 12

Make 5 more pieces the same way, until you have 6 pieces all together. Arrange them like this on the table, and glue together at the little folded up corners:

origami christmas ornaments gluing

Then glue together the rest of the edges in this sequence to finish your decoration:

origami christmas ornaments glue sequence


Finished!

Once you've glued all the pieces together, here's what the finished decoration looks like:

origami christmas ornaments finished

How did your origami Christmas ornament turn out? I hope you found my instructions clear. If you have any questions or comments, or just want to say hi, please contact me with this handy form :-)


Variations

You might have noticed that the origami Christmas ornament my cousin is holding (below) has a white center on each face. It's a different look, and I quite like it.

origami christmas ornaments

If you want to make one like this, use square sheets of paper instead of rectangles. Each sheet should be 6" by 6", and should have one colored side and one white side. Put the paper white-side-up, and then start from step 2 of the instructions above.

More Christmas Ornaments to Make...

Now that you've folded an origami Christmas ornament, try making some of these other homemade Christmas decorations...

homemade christmas ornamentsClick for Christmas Ornament gallery

... or have a go at making some homemade Christmas gifts instead.

Happy Gifting!




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