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Elegant Holiday Ornament.
Create your own stunning ornaments...

Posted by Lanie V. from Canada • Published See Lanie V.'s 85 projects »
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  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start with 12 pieces of square paper measuring 3 inches by 3 inches. I chose three different colours for this "how to" because it will be easier for you guys. ;)

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 2
    Step 2

    Start with your first piece...in this case, pink.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold paper in half so that the "white" side is showing.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 4
    Step 4

    Unfold paper. Fold one side towards the centre line that you just created. Then do the same for the left side.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 5
    Step 5

    This is what you should have so far. :)

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now unfold again. This time we are going to fold the other way, still keeping the white side facing out.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 7
    Step 7

    Same as before, fold one side to that centre line fold you just made, and then fold the left side.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 8
    Step 8

    This is what it should look like now. :)

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 9
    Step 9

    We are going to open the right flap slightly and crease paper as shown. Then we are going to do the exact same crease fold to the left side.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 10
    Step 10

    This is what the module should look like.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 11
    Step 11

    Place your finger as shown in the diagram. See how it flattens out?

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 12
    Step 12

    I want you to crease the paper now to create the "roof-top" shape.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 13
    Step 13

    Place your finger under the left flap as shown and crease upward.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 14
    Step 14

    This is what the module should look like now. Repeat step "13" on the right side.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 15
    Step 15

    This is what the module should look like now...lets go to the next step now. :)

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 16
    Step 16

    Place fingertip on the tip of the left flap shown here.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 17
    Step 17

    Now just fold in down gently as shown. We are going to do the exact same thing to the right side. Look to step 16 to repeat.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 18
    Step 18

    Here's what our module looks like so far. Now we are going to do the exact same thing to the other end.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 19
    Step 19

    Remember, Fold back one flap as shown, and then the other.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 20
    Step 20

    Then place your finger as shown in step 11. Crease to create the "roof-top" type fold.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 21
    Step 21

    Look at step 13 again...place your finger under the left flap and crease upward. Do the same for the right side. This is what it should look like now. :)

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 22
    Step 22

    Look at step 16 again. Place your finger as shown on the left flap and lay down. Do the same for the right side. This is what you should have.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 23
    Step 23

    Turn the module over...Note the "x" pattern in it. We are going to fold these four corners up to meet the centre of the "x". See next step.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 24
    Step 24

    Start folding up one corner to meet the centre.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 25
    Step 25

    Three corners are done...one more corner to fold.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 26
    Step 26

    This is what our module looks like now. Turn the module over.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 27
    Step 27

    Okay...now we are going to fold it in half diagonally back on itself...see the following diagram.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 28
    Step 28

    We are just going to crease it. Then unfold it so it lays flat like step 27, and fold it in half diagonally again using the other two corners.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 29
    Step 29

    This is what your module should look like. Now take two end tabs at a time..(my fingers are already on one tab) and we are going to push down. Repeat on the other two tabs. By pushing these tabs down you are "opening" the module.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 30
    Step 30

    You have completed your first module! Good job...now make a total of 12 modules please. :)

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 31
    Step 31

    Here are our 12 completed modules...now we put it all together.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 32
    Step 32

    Very simply join together by placing the orange tab over the yellow tab and push together.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 33
    Step 33

    Now for the third piece (pink), two of its "tabs" fit on the the newly formed module. One tab slips onto the orange, and the other pink tab slips onto the yellow.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 34
    Step 34

    So this is what we have so far. If you look directly into the middle of our model, you will see a large triangle. One corner is pink, the second corner is orange and the third corner of it is yellow. Now for our project, on each side of our triangle(total of three sides), we are going to create a "square" using our modules.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 35
    Step 35

    So lets take a pink one and slide it onto the yellow module.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 36
    Step 36

    Now lets add a yellow module onto the orange one. Then join the new pink and yellow modules together. This forms our square. Do you see it? The top left hand corner of the square is pink. The top right hand corner of the square is yellow. The bottom left hand corner is yellow. The bottom right hand corner is orange. So we have now completed a "square" using one of the sides of our central "Triangle". Repeat these steps for the second and third sides of our central "Triangle".

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 37
    Step 37

    Once we have added our "squares" to each side of our central "triangle", you will see that some tabs needed to be tucked together...so don't add any new modules yet, just tuck the existing tabs together. Once you do, you will notice that they form "triangles" again. :)

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 38
    Step 38

    Here we are, all nicely tucked in. Rmember in between the "triangles", there are "squares". Complete the module in this manner...you're almost done!

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 39
    Step 39

    Now, with the last module or two, you will be using all 4 tabs to close it all up. Just be patient. You're doing great!

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 40
    Step 40

    Yay here's the finished model! Now it's time to add the fun stuff. Go get some stringing wire and beads. If you look at your model there are several openings. These are perfect for adding our beads.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 41
    Step 41

    Here's my choice of stones, and now I am going to bring the wire up through the module so I can finish it.

  • How to fold an origami model. Holiday Ornament Tutorial - Step 42
    Step 42

    And....you're done! I hope you enjoyed this "how-to" project!
    :)
    Lanie

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emmableu b.
emmableu b. · 16 projects

WOW this was hard to put together how did you do it so well?!! ♥
i love this project.

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Danya S.
Danya S. · Oregon City, Oregon, US

I was looking for an ornament to make with my boyfriend this year and this is perfect! We will each pick six different things that represent us, fold up the modules, and put them all together! Thank you for the tutorial!

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Joanna
Joanna · 4 projects

Wow, thank you! So much detail....You made it so easy to understand. =)

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CO + K User

I love your origami I will have to make lots of it!

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Kelly Avelino
Kelly Avelino · Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil · 2 projects

i knew how to make the modules, but i can't know to put it together! Now i know

i loooove the colors *-*

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Hypergraphia
Hypergraphia · , Orange County, California, United States · 41 projects

Amazing! I can't wait to make one!

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ShanWow
ShanWow · Cleveland, Ohio, United States · 5 projects

This is soooo pretty! I can wait to make one! Thank you for the tut =]

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