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How to Make a Modular Origami Wreath

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An origami wreath can be used as a holiday decoration or an accent for a handmade greeting card. This origami wreath, based on a model featured in Everything Origami by Matthew Gardiner, is an example of modular origami. Instead of following the traditional pattern of constructing a model from a single sheet of paper, modular origami uses several sheets of paper folded into identical units that are joined together to create a symmetrical design.

Modular origami is not necessarily any more difficult than traditional origami, although there is more repetition involved because you are folding multiple units for each model that you want to make. The modular origami wreath is a project suitable for beginning to intermediate paper folders. You should be able to complete this wreath in 15 to 20 minutes. If you're want to make several wreaths at once to decorate for a party, it will work best to fold all of the units first before taking the time to join them together.

1. Choose Your Origami Paper

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The origami wreath in this tutorial can be created using identical sheets of paper or by mixing and matching different patterns. However, the wreath will look the best if you choose paper that has a solid back side. Using paper with a solid back side results in a contrasting star design along the center of the wreath.

To begin your modular origami wreath, start with your paper with the back side up. Fold, then unfold. Turn the paper and repeat. When you're finished, you should have a folded cross going across the center points of your square. (The lines on the paper are for demonstration purposes only. You do not need to draw them on your origami model.)

2. Fold the Corners

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Fold the top right hand corner of your paper so it lies along the crease made in step 1. It should be about ½ inch from the edge of the paper.

3. Repeat

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Repeat using the left hand corner of the paper.

4. Inside Reverse Fold

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Inside reverse fold the top and bottom points. Gently flatten the paper.

5. Create the Remaining Units for Your Modular Origami Wreath

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Your first unit is now complete. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 to make a total of six separate units for your origami wreath. If you have trouble eyeballing measurements, use a ruler to make sure the creases in Step 2 are the same for each unit. If the creases in Step 2 have different measurements on each unit, your completed modular origami wreath will not be symmetrical.

6. Connect the Units

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Join the first and second units of your origami wreath together as shown in the photo on the left. Fold the tips of the second unit inward to hold the paper in place. Repeat until all of the units are connected. If the model is folded currently, the paper should be securely attached and no glue or tape will be needed to hold the pieces together.

7. Your Origami Wreath Is Complete

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Your origami wreath is now complete. This wreath was folded using origami paper that measures 6 inches by 6 inches. It fits nicely on a 12 inch by 12 inch sheet of scrapbook paper. If you add a photo to the center and a page title, you'll have a quick and easy layout for your album.

8. Make an Origami Christmas Wreath

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One way to experiment with this modular origami design is to try folding your wreath from various sizes of paper. An origami wreath folded from 3 ½ inch x 3 ½ inch note paper makes a good Christmas tree ornament or embellishment for a handmade greeting card. A wreath folded from 12 inch x 12 inch scrapbook paper, like the origami Christmas wreath in the photo at the left, is large enough to hang in your window as a holiday decoration. Use a hole punch and thin thread or pretty ribbon to hang the wreath.

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