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Origami Christmas Ornament Instructions

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Making origami Christmas ornaments is a fun and frugal project for paper folders of all ages. Handmade Christmas ornaments can be used to decorate your own tree or tied to packages as an extra treat for your loved ones.

The ornament in this tutorial is a project I designed as a fairly quick and inexpensive Christmas craft. It is a simple four-point star on a square background. Coating the paper in glitter glue before folding makes the finished ornament very durable, despite its humble origins.

The project is very similar to the How to Fold an Origami Heart tutorial in terms of the basic structure of the model.

1. Prepare the Paper

Origami Christmas Ornament Instructions
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Use a foam paint brush to cover an 8 1/2 inch x 11 inch sheet of copy paper with glitter glue in the color of your choice. For this project, I used Rich Art Color's glitter glue. I like the intensity of the glitter in this product and the variety of colors that are offered. If you prefer a less glittery look, however, you could dilute the mixture with ordinary white school glue.

When your paper is completely dry, cut two strips each measuring 4 1/4 inch x 8 1/2 inch. How to Make Square Origami Paper illustrates a trick that helps with this process.

2. Make the Preliminary Folds

Origami Christmas Ornament Instructions
© Dana Hinders

Begin with your first strip of paper white side up. Fold it in half. Unfold, then fold each side to the center. Unfold. Fold the top left corner to the middle crease, then unfold. Repeat until all corners have been folded. When you are finished with this step of the origami Christmas ornament, you will have a grid of creases that looks like the picture to the left. (You do not need to draw the lines on your paper. They are for demonstration purposes only.)

3. Collapse the Sides

Origami Christmas Ornament Instructions
© Dana Hinders

Collapse the left and ride sides at the top of the paper to form a triangle. Repeat this process at the bottom of the paper to form another triangle. When you're done, you will have a square that looks like the photo to the left.

4. Fold the Flaps

Origami Christmas Ornament Instructions
© Dana Hinders

Take each little flap and fold it toward the vertex of the matching triangle.

5. Form Squares

Origami Christmas Ornament Instructions

Open up the flaps and press them down to form four separate squares.

6. Create an Origami Star

Origami Christmas Ornament Instructions
© Dana Hinders

Fold the left and right sides of each of four small squares in towards the center to create a four point star design.

7. Finish Your Origami Christmas Ornament

Origami Christmas Ornament Instructions
© Dana Hinders

Repeat the process with the second strip of paper to make an identical glittered star. When you're done, glue or tape the two stars together. If desired, add a bead, button, or rhinestone to the center.

Punch a hole in the top of your ornament and add ribbon for hanging. I used a Crop-A-Dile from We Are Memory Keepers to set an eyelet in the hole. This reinforcement adds a decorative touch and will keep the hole from tearing. The ribbon I used was curling ribbon from the gift wrapping section of my local dollar store.

Try making ornaments using several different colors of glitter glue and/or paper to give your tree some variety. Personally, I love the look of silver and gold stars hanging side by side accented with a few red origami kusudama flowers.

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