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Calendar Wreaths

Extract from Trash Origami • By Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander • Published by Tuttle Publishing

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Time
1h00

Trash Origami
The modular, flat, origami wreaths and rings designed by Mette Pederson (USA) have inspired many folders all around the world. Paolo Bascetta’s (Italy) inspiration was to make a flat “Mette ring” into a three-dimensional “Mette-Bascetta ring,” which inspired me to create an origami design system for quickly making 3-D “Mette-Bascetta-Lafosse rings” from a handy jig,
or tool. This project uses twelve square sheets (plus another used for the measuring tool). You can use just about any kind of paper for this project. However, recycling a square-shaped paper calendar is an ideal choice: one month for each element! A calendar, which you have received from a friend, can be transformed and sent back to them as a New Year’s greeting!

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  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 1
    Step 1

    Begin by folding the measuring tool, also called a “jig”: Use a square of the same size you will use to fold the 12 units for this project. Fold in half, edge to edge. Unfold.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold the bottom edge to the center crease. Unfold.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 3
    Step 3

    The finished measuring tool.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 4
    Step 4

    (1) Fold the bottom edge to the new crease. (2) Rotate the paper so that the folded edge is at the top.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 5
    Step 5

    Insert the top edge of your first square for the wreath, tightly under the folded edge of the tool.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fold the bottom edge of the inserted paper up to meet the folded over edge of the tool.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 7
    Step 7

    Unfold.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 8
    Step 8

    Remove the paper and rotate it to insert the opposite edge into the tool.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the new bottom edge of the inserted paper, unfold and remove. You will have two parallel creases defining a channel in the middle area of the square. Rotate the paper so that these creases run vertically.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fold the top corners of the square down, forming triangle flaps. Align the corners with each vertical crease, as shown.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 11
    Step 11

    Fold the bottom cut edge up to the match the bottom edges of the triangle flaps.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 12
    Step 12

    Fold the new, bottom fold edge up to the same place.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 13
    Step 13

    Unfold the bottom layers.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 14
    Step 14

    Fold the bottom edge up, bending at the topmost horizontal crease.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 15
    Step 15

    (1) Fold the indicated corners closely over the sloping edges, behind. (2) Turn the model over, left to right.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 16
    Step 16

    Fold along the bottom edges of the triangle flaps, moving the bottom edge up.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 17
    Step 17

    Mountain-fold along the two parallel vertical creases, forming right angles to the center of the paper to complete the wreath unit.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 18
    Step 18

    You will need a total of 12 units to build one wreath. Each unit has two pockets and two tabs.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 19
    Step 19

    19. The units fit together by inserting the tabs into the pockets, one on each side. Keep the units square and box-like as you build.

  • How to make a recycled wreath. Calendar Wreaths - Step 20
    Step 20

    The Calendar Wreath. A great ornament for any anniversary!

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