For many origami enthusiasts, part of the fun of Christmas is making their own decorations. Christmas origami projects can be elaborate or simple, depending upon how much time you want to spend getting ready to decorate your home.
The origami Christmas decoration featured in this tutorial is an easy project I created to hang in the windows of my front porch. It's perfect for beginning paper folders.
The project uses square origami paper that is patterned on one side and green on the other side. If you don't like the traditional red and green design, blue and white origami paper would be very pretty as well.
1. Make the Initial Folds
Begin your project with the patterned side of the paper face down. Fold the paper in half vertically. Crease well, then unfold. Fold the paper in half horizontally. Crease well, then unfold. Fold the top left and the bottom right corners in towards the middle intersection of the paper as indicated in the photo to the left.
2. Fold the Corners
Flip the paper over. Fold the top left and the bottom right corners in to the middle.
3. Create a Square
Fold all of the corners into the middle. When you're finished with this step of the project, your origami Christmas decoration should look like the photo to the left.
4. Create the Inner Pockets
Open up the paper. Fold the top left and bottom right corners in as shown in the photo to the left. Fold the paper back up into the square shape you created at the end of the Step 3.
5. Flatten the Top Edge
Put your finger in top flap created by the patterned areas of the paper. Bring the paper out so that the diagonal crease lines up with the horizontal edge of the paper. Flatten the paper, creasing well.
6. Flatten the Remaining Edges
Repeat this process with the other three flaps. When you are done, your origami Christmas decoration should look like the photo to the left.
7. Complete Your Origami Christmas Decoration
Cut a square of contrasting solid paper to slip inside the middle of your Christmas decoration. Secure the paper by tucking it into the flaps created by the folds in step 4.
Decorate the ornament as designed. This ornament uses folk art Santa clip art courtesy of About Clip Art. Alternatively, you could simply slip a favorite photo from a past Christmas celebration into the area.
If necessary, add a bit of glue on the left and right sides of the ornament to keep the flaps from coming undone. You may also want to flip the model over to add a dab of glue to the top and bottom patterned flaps.
If you are going to hang the decoration in an area where you will see both sides, fold two identical models and glue them together.
Punch a hole in the top of the decoration and add a bit of curling ribbon or thread for hanging.