Tiny origami Christmas trees are a great way to add a bit of holiday cheer to desks, bookshelves, and other small spaces. This is a simple origami project suitable for children, as well as the adult beginner.
The origami Christmas tree featured in this tutorial is made by cutting an 8 1/2 inch x 11 inch sheet of paper in half vertically so it measures 4 1/4 inches by 11 inches. You will need just one strip to make your Christmas tree origami, so you can make a tree for yourself and a tree for a friend with a single sheet of paper!
1. Make the Preliminary Folds
To begin making your easy Christmas tree origami, fold the left corner to the right edge. Crease well, then unfold. Fold the right corner to the left edge. Crease well, then unfold. At the spot where the diagonal creases meet in the middle, fold your paper backward. Crease well, then unfold.
2. Create the First Triangle
Push the middle creases in towards the center, then flatten. When finished, you should have a triangle at the top of your paper strip. (This is the very similar to the folding pattern used to make the origami jumping frog.)
3. Create the Second Triangle
Flip the paper over and repeat the folds you did in Step 1 and Step 2 on the other end of the paper. When you are finished, your Christmas tree origami should look like the paper in the photo to the left.
4. Make the Tree Trunk
Flip the paper over once more. Fold the sides in as shown in the photo to the left. This thin portion of the paper will eventually become the tree trunk.
5. Fold the Tree Stand
Make a two valley folds along the lines indicated in the photo to the left. (You do not need to draw the lines on the paper, they are in this photo for demonstration purposes only.) These folds will allow your finished tree to stand up on its own.
6. Complete Your Origami Christmas Tree
Fold the bottom triangle up and tuck it into the pocket created by the base of the top triangle. Decorate the Christmas tree as desired. You can draw ornaments on the tree with markers or use stick on rhinestones to add a bit of sparkle.
7. A Project Variation
If you do not want to use your origami Christmas tree as a standing decoration, it can easily become an embellishment for a homemade Christmas card. Instead of making the folds in Step 5 that allow the tree to stand up, simply fold the paper in half. Decorate the tree as desired, then glue it to the front of your greeting card.