A Simple Christmas Decoration

A Simple Christmas Decoration

Simple, Elegant

Here’s a hand-made Christmas decoration you can make in two minutes!

It’s that simple.

And the results are delightful!

Last year I came across instructions for this origami Christmas tree. I couldn’t stop with just one. Before I knew it I had a little Christmas forest. I gave some to friends. I tucked them in with plates of Christmas cookies. But most of them gathered together on my large windowsill, where the sun moves playfully across the folds throughout the day, creating new shadows and shapes with each angle of winter light.

There’s something so satisfying about making these little trees. Just try it. I’ll bet you can’t make just one.

If you haven’t made something delightful today, what are you waiting for!

All you need is a sheet of paper.

And it doesn’t have to be special paper. You can use:

  • a page from a book or magazine
  • a piece of sheet music
  • scrapbooking paper
  • wrapping paper
  • origami paper
  • a piece of scrap printer paper if you’re on your lunch hour at work

Step 1: Make your sheet of paper into a square.

If you’re already starting with a square piece of paper, skip this step. Otherwise, fold one corner of the rectangle down to the opposite side of the paper (Fig. 1). Be sure to keep the design on the outside.

Figure 1

Then fold the remaining rectangle up over the triangle, and tear (or cut) off the rectangle (Fig. 2). You should have a folded triangle remaining.

Figure 2

Step 2: Make a triangle, and spin your paper so it points to the right (Fig. 3).

If you already did Step 1, you have the triangle. Just spin your paper. If you’re starting with a square, bring one point across to its opposite so that you end up with a triangle (Fig 3.) (I’m making two trees at once, one with green origami paper, and one with sheet music, hence the photo changes!)

Figure 3

Step 3: Open the triangle, and fold the sides toward the center (Fig. 4).

In this photo, both sides were folded to the center, and then the right side was unfolded so you can see the fold line. Be sure both sides are folded to the center.

Figure 4

Step 4: Fold the bottom tip up, along the edges of the other folds (Fig. 5).

Figure 5

Step 5: Fold the tree in half, bringing the left side over to the right (Fig. 6)

Figure 6

Step 6: Starting at the bottom, make accordion folds at odd angles.

Figure 7

Figure 8

Step 7: Open the tree, and stand it up!

Origami Forest!