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Christmas Origami EB

Decorating your Christmas Origami

Whether you're an expert when it comes to origami or you're a blossoming beginner, you'll want to decorate and show off your skills to your best ability this Christmas. Check out our ideas and suggestions to make your work stand out from the crowd - there's even a few festive origami decoration tutorials to help get you started!

Check out the below to explore a magical world of paper crafting.

Choosing the Right Paper and Cardstock

Since paper is the most important part of origami, it's vital you choose the right paper for your project. Designs that require a lot of folding would benefit from a lower GSM, whilst fewer folds can make use of thicker cardstock.

Once you know what kind of paper you're going to need, you can choose whether to go for patterned pages or plain. Patterned paper ensures you get a consistent and high-quality design through your work, whilst plain paper provides more opportunity for creative decorating and personalisation.

Decorating your Paper

Generally, it's not a good idea to decorate your paper until after you've finished folding, however, if you're using plain paper and would like to create your own design, you can draw or colour your design first. Try not to do too much before the folding process as you run the risk of having your embellishments falling off, getting squished, or flaking.

When your fold is complete, you can go wild with your embellishments and accents. Pom-poms and glitter are particularly well-suited to festive-themed origami and papercraft projects, plus they're brilliant for getting kids involved in the decorating.

Christmas Origami ECI

Using Dies and Stamps

If you're creating an origami scene as a display piece or the topper for a gift or card, Dies and stamps are a fabulous way to accentuate and compliment your work with ease. Coming in a variety of beautiful designs and styles, you can mix and match your accent pieces to suit your theme. Suitable for most Die-cutting machines, you can create sprigs of holly to frame your piece, highlighting the 3D elements of your origami figure, or print a rooftop design to instantly build a scene.

Christmas Origami

3D Christmas Star

  1. Begin with a squared piece of paper. Fold it in half, rotate it 90 degrees and repear the fold. Rotate another 45 degrees and fold the points together so you have a triangle. When you unfold the paper, you should have 4 creases: one diagonally from each corner, one vertically across the middle, and one horizontal across the middle.
  2. Using a ruler, measure 4cm along your middle creases from the edge.
  3. Cut to the marks you've made.
  4. Fold the paper on either side of your cuts towards the corner to form four points.
  5. Glue one side of your point and fold the other side over it and repear for all points.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 on a second piece of paper.
  7. Glue the two halves of your star together so it looks like a traditional North Star.

Once you've made your star, it can be used as a 3D card embellishment, threaded with string for a beautiful hanging ornament, or even added to a nativity scene! This star is perfect for experimenting with glitter, embellishments, and different patterns of card and paper.

The Accordion Christmas Tree

  1. Fold your piece of paper like an accordion, keeping the top pinched as if you were making a fan.
  2. Secure the top with glue or tape.
  3. Decorate with bits of card cut into baubles and stars.
  4. Once complete, you can add string to create a wall or ceiling hanging or use it to decorate greetings cards and gift tags.

Whether you're an expert papercrafter or you're just starting out, we hope you have fun crafting this Christmas and you're proud of everything you create!

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