Homemade Christmas cards are a lovely way to show your friends and family that you are thinking of them over the holiday season.
The dove is a universal symbol of peace, so an origami dove is a natural embellishment choice for a handmade Christmas card. The dove featured in this card making tutorial is easy enough for a beginner to fold. However, it is a bit different than other forms of origami for beginners because it is made using circular paper.
1. Make the Initial Folds
Click here to download the files needed to make this origami Christmas card. Save the file to your computer. Print the pages using a color inkjet printer that has a borderless printer setting option. (This is a common feature on newer printers, but you may need to refer to your owner's manual to learn how to select this option.)
Cut out the circle on page one. Starting with the patterned side down, fold the circle in half. Crease well, then fold the circle in half a second time. When you're done, your project should look like the photo to the left.
2. Fold the Corners In
Unfold the last fold you made, then fold the top and bottom corners in to meet the center crease. When you're done, your project should look like the photo to the left.
Fold the paper in half, creasing well. Make a small cut like the one shown in the photo to the left.
4. Fold the Dove's Wings and Beak
Fold the portion of the paper you just cut up so it makes the wings of your dove. (You will need to do this on both sides of the paper.) Fold the pointed corner down slightly to create a beak for the dove.
You might need to experiment with the angle of the folds until you are pleased with the appearance of your dove. Make light creases first, then sharpen them by running over them with a ruler or bone folder when you have decided what folds look the best.
5. Make the Base of the Card
Next, you're going to make the base of your printable origami Christmas card. The base is made with the second sheet of paper in the file you downloaded in the first step. Fold the paper in half vertically. Crease well, then fold it in half horizontally. When finished, you should have the word "Peace" on the front and have a snowflake design on the back. The inside of the card will say, "Wishing you peace, hope, and prosperity this holiday season."
6. Complete Your Origami Dove Christmas Card
Add your origami dove to the front of the card. I suggest using foam adhesive squares or double sided scrapbooking tape to attach the dove to your card. A glue stick is unlikely to provide a strong enough bond if you plan on mailing your card.
If you wish, you can fold an envelope for this card using a 12 inch x 12 inch sheet of scrapbooking paper and the free instructions in our Easy Envelope Pattern tutorial.