How to Make Origami Christmas Ornaments

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Decorate your tree with origami instead of commercial decorations.
Decorate your tree with origami instead of commercial decorations. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Christmas heralds a time of joy, togetherness and, sometimes, financial hardship. If you’ve already spent your Christmas budget on gifts and charities, don’t go into debt decking the halls. Instead, grab some paper and fold a few ornaments. It may take longer than the commercial variety, but the whole family can join in to start a new holiday tradition.

Things You'll Need

  • Origami paper
  • Needle
  • Fishing line
  • Cranberries
  • Popcorn

Spread out a piece of origami paper in front of you with the patterned side facing up. You may choose solid green paper for your leaves, use patterned green paper or pick a variety of colors.

Fold the paper in half diagonally, matching the upper left corner to the lower right. Crease sharply and unfold the paper.

Fold the paper diagonally again, matching the upper right corner to the lower left, this time. Again, crease sharply and open the paper.

Turn your paper so that the creases form a plus sign and the square looks like a diamond shape. Fold the left and right corners of your diamond in to touch the center of the plus. Crease both folds sharply, and unfold the paper.

Fold the left corner over to the far right crease line, and crease the fold sharply. Repeat with the right side. Now fold both corners to meet the new creases on both sides. Continue until you have four creases on both sides of the center of the plus.

Fold the left and right corners toward the center of the plus, using your creases as a guide. Flip the paper over, and fold the left and right sides toward the center of the paper again. Flip the paper once more, and fold the sides toward the center. Continue folding your sides this way until you reach the center of the paper.

Fold the paper in half widthwise, with the last folds facing out, and glue the ends together. Let the ends dry for about two hours, and then gently tug at the folds at the center of the paper. The folds should open to form oval Christmas leaves.

Push a needle threaded with fishing line through the blunt end of your Christmas leaves. Add cranberries and popcorn to the line, then another leaf, continuing until your Christmas garland is finished.

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