Make an Origami Christmas Ornament

These origami Christmas ornaments look impressive, but they're so simple to make. (They're also a creative way to use pretty wrapping paper scraps.)

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Wrapping paper, colored printing paper or old book pages can be great alternatives to origami paper. Experiment with different patterns and textures.

Materials Needed:

  • square sheet of paper
  • double-sided glue dots
  • string
  • scissors
  • embellishments (like washi tape or bells)

Gather Materials and Cut Square

Assemble all the craft materials (Image 1) and if not working with pre-formed origami sheets, start by cutting your sheet of paper into a square (Image 2). You can also choose the size, depending on how large or small you want the ornament to be. Trim accordingly.

Add a + Crease

Place paper wrong side up on a flat working surface. Fold the paper in half aligning top and bottom edges neatly. Run along fold to get a crease (Image 1). Throughout the instructions make sure each crease is folded well so the butterfly stays intact. Unfold and turn paper ninety degrees (Image 2). Fold in half the other way. Crease. You should get a + shaped crease on the paper.

Add an X Crease

Unfold. Turn paper design side or right side up and fold paper diagonally. Unfold and fold diagonally the other way so you get an X crease on paper.

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