Add Color to Your Christmas Tree with a DIY Origami Ornament

Can you believe that Christmas is just a little over two weeks away! For the first time in a long time, I’m very nearly done with my Christmas shopping already. So I can relax and enjoy the holiday season with my family and friends. Now I have time to plan fun Christmas activities for the holidays. One of the things that we have done in the past is make something crafty at the big family Christmas party. This year the party is happening after Christmas Day, but I still want to have some festive fun. This origami ornament is the perfect craft that the whole family can do. And it won’t cost me anything really, bonus!

Inspired by simplicity, frugality, and my love of coloring books, these ornaments are a fantastic way to bring people together at Christmas. Everyone in the family from grandma to young nieces and nephews can make these adorable little ornaments.

To create a Christmas origami ornament you will need:

  • Origami Christmas Ornament printout (here)
  • Colored pencils, markers, or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape or glue stick
  • Ribbon
  • Utility knife

First you need to print out your ornament. The print out is set for 8.5×11 which is the US standard letter size. So you don’t need to scale it down if you are in the US. I’m not sure about sizes in other countries, but as long as it is scaled even horizontally and vertically you should be fine. The most important thing is that the ornament section is square.

Then you can use colored pencils, markers, crayons, or whatever you have on hand to color your creation. As long as it works on the printer paper you are using, it will be great.

The gray shaded areas on the printout will be stuck together. So no need to worry if you color outside the lines. 🙂

Cut the paper along the dashed line and you have your origami square ready for folding.

At this point you need creases in certain places to get the shape you want. So after each fold you will open the paper up to the original square shape.

All folds are made with the colored side down since that is going to show.

  1. Fold square in half horizontally to create a rectangle.
  2. Then fold vertically to create another rectangle.
  3. Fold the paper diagonally in half to create a triangle. Open and create a triangle in the other direction.
  4. Turn the square so that one of the corners is pointed toward you. Fold the left corner into the center lining up with the middle crease.
    • The fold should line up with the outside line of the tree.
  5. Repeat with the right corner so that the two corners meet in the middle. You will have a sharp point at the bottom.
  6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 with the other corners until you’ve worked your way around the square.

Time for your origami ornament to come together. Apply glue or double sided tape to the grey shaded areas in between the trees.

Starting on of the sides, bring the shaded areas together along the tree lines. (Pictured above) The folds that you made earlier should conform it to the shape you want. Continue working your way around. Poke the last seam into place on itself to complete your tree.

So cute, but it’s not done quite yet. You will need a way to hang your new ornament.

With an utility knife, make small holes on two opposite sides of the ornament. Thread your ribbon through the holes and tie it up in a pretty bow.

If you are having trouble getting your ribbon through the holes, try sticking a straight pin through one of the ends. Then just pass the pin with the ribbon through the holes like a sewing needle.

All that’s left to do is hang it on the tree and enjoy your handmade origami ornament.

Isn’t it so cute?! This is a great Christmas project to do with the whole family. Or it could be a great activity for a holiday party or school activity. Any age will have a blast coloring their own ornaments. With adult supervision, this is a festive craft that everyone can enjoy.

If everyone is coming over to your house for Christmas, you’ll need every area of your home to be warm and cozy. This is especially true if you have lots of guests staying overnight. Now at Heartland America, there are a great selection of heaters to keep everyone, everywhere nice and toasty.

From electric blankets to space heaters, Heartland has just the right heater for you. Check out the great variety today because temperatures are dropping and supplies are limited.

As the weather is becoming more wintery, I hope you and your family enjoy some warm and cozy times together. I hope you all enjoy the origami ornament. Please let me know if you share it with your family and friends. Next week I will be bringing you more Christmas cheer. Until then remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.

 

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