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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.
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:
Ready to make one? First you'll need to gather your materials...
All you need is:
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 :-)
Turn it over so that the nice side is down, then fold in half:
Fold in half and unfold again along each of the two diagonal directions, shown by the dashed lines below:
Then fold in half and unfold again along the horizontal and vertical directions, shown by the lines below:
Fold the left and right sides in to meet the center.
Fold the top and bottom edges in to meet the center
Fold up diagonally like this, then unfold:
Make the same fold again but in the other direction:
Fold up the bottom and open it outward at the same time, as shown by the arrows below:
...and then squash it flat like this:
Do the same thing on the top, so that your paper ends up looking like this:
Fold up the two top flaps, and fold down the two bottom flaps:
Your paper should then look like this:
Lift up the top-right flap, and open it out...
And squash it flat:
Then do the same thing for the other three flaps, so that your paper looks like this:
Fold in the two sides of the top-right square, like this:
Open out one of the folds you just made:
Then squash it flat:
Repeat with the other flap, and your paper should look like this:
Repeat steps 9 and 10 all the way around the paper. Then fold back the 4 corners along the lines shown below:
This is what the paper should look like from the other side:
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:
Then glue together the rest of the edges in this sequence to finish your decoration:
Once you've glued all the pieces together, here's what the finished decoration looks like:
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 :-)
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.
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.
Now that you've folded an origami Christmas ornament, try making some of these other homemade Christmas decorations...
... or have a go at making some homemade Christmas gifts instead.
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