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Create a forest of trees for Christmas this year!
Modular Origami with a few glue dots to hold each layer in place. Enjoy.

Posted by Lanie V. from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada • Published See Lanie V.'s 85 projects »
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  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 1
    Step 1

    I used sheet music the first time I made this; however for the tutorial, I will use a few solid colored pieces of paper so it will be easier to follow. You will need 5 sheets of paper in total. (a)20cm x 20cm, (b), 15cm x 15cm, (c)8.5cm x 8.5cm, (d)8.5 cm x 8.5cm, (e)for the trunk 15cm x 15 cm

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Let's make the trunk of the tree first. I'm using my dark green sheet of paper which is 15cm x 15cm.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold in Half. Make sure that the colored side is facing out...then unfold.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now fold in half the other way...then unfold. Turn the paper over now so that the green square is facing up.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now...fold corner to corner, shown here. :) Now turn over so that the white side is face up.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place your finger over the center of the square, shown here, and simply press down. This will allow the corners of your square to "pop" up.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now Grasp two corner together as shown....

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 8
    Step 8

    As you are holding those two corners in place, gently bring up the other two corners, so that all 4 corners are brought together as shown. Lay project flat on your desk. You should have a flat small square.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now raise one of the flaps, stick your finger inside which will create this cone effect. :) why does this sound bad? LoL...

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 10
    Step 10

    Then simply squash it flat, shown here. Make sure it's centered nicely. Repeat step 9 and 10 on the remaining 3 sides.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 11
    Step 11

    This is what you should have now. :)

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 12
    Step 12

    Turn the front flap, and back flap over shown here...

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now, take that front flap....

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 14
    Step 14

    ...and tuck it inside...like this. Repeat this step for the back flap as well. :)

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 15
    Step 15

    This is the top view of what you should have so far. Now, simply tuck in the side flaps....

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 16
    Step 16

    ...Just one more flap to tuck in, and then we will be done with the trunk!

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 17
    Step 17

    All tucked in...good job!

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 18
    Step 18

    Congrats! Here is your trunk. Now simply add a glue dot to the front and back, and set aside. View step 19.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 19
    Step 19

    There's the placement of the glue dot. Add one to the back, and set aside. Now...lets start with the bottom layer of the tree!

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 20
    Step 20

    Start with your 20cm x 20cm size sheet...I'm using light green copy paper. It's green on BOTH sides...

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 21
    Step 21

    Fold in half, then unfold.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 22
    Step 22

    Fold in half the other way, then unfold. Turn paper over...

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 23
    Step 23

    Fold corner to corner...just like we did with the trunk. Flip sheet over...

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 24
    Step 24

    Place finger in the middle of the sheet, and press down to "pop" up the corners.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 25
    Step 25

    Grasp two of the corners....

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 26
    Step 26

    Bring up all four corners together. :)

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 27
    Step 27

    This is what you should have now...Place on your desk flat.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 28
    Step 28

    Bring one flap up to the top point of the module, press flat.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 29
    Step 29

    This is what you should have so far. Do not unfold this crease.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 30
    Step 30

    Fold flap over, and repeat steps 28 and 29 on the remaining three sides. :)

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 31
    Step 31

    This is what you should have now.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 32
    Step 32

    Start bringing the tip down.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 33
    Step 33

    It's very important to place your fingers the way I've got mine.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 34
    Step 34

    You want to create this "M" shape between the flaps.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 35
    Step 35

    Then sandwich that "M" shape between the two flaps like this. Press firmly. :)

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 36
    Step 36

    This is what it should look like. Repeat steps 32 to 35 on the remaining three sides.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 37
    Step 37

    Aerial View...lol of all the sides completed for this module. Now lets place it on the trunk! :)

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 38
    Step 38

    Insert the bottom of the trunk into the tree. Careful of the glue dots. When it's where you want it, make contact with the glue dots.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 39
    Step 39

    Awww...it's kinda cute already! LoL

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 40
    Step 40

    I used a deeper green to show the next layer of the tree. This one is the 15cm x 15cm sheet of paper, repeat the EXACT same steps (steps 20-37) for this layer. Make sure you add a couple of glue dots to the bottom layer first, and then position the next layer on top of it. Now lets go to the small top layer.

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 41
    Step 41

    Here's the top layer. Use the 8.5cm x 8.5 cm paper for this. EXACT same steps. Just follow steps 20-37 Again. Now for the tippy top!

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 42
    Step 42

    Use the other 8.5 cm x 8.5 cm piece to make the tippy top. Follow the TRUNK instructions, steps 3-12 to create this piece. Make sure there are a couple of glue dots on the small layer before placing the tippy top on! Voila!

  • How to fold an origami tree. Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial  - Step 43
    Step 43

    You have done it! Congrats! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!
    Lanie. :)

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Teresa C.
Teresa C.
Thank you for the well detailed tutorial. At first I had only seen the picture, witch was a tease! I just finished making it and I'm very happy now that I have made one. I used the music note paper design because it is so pretty. Thanks heaps

Also I'm going up in paper size to make it BIGGER!
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Sashifly.
Sashifly. · Eagle Rock, Virginia, US · 5 projects
So Cute!
There's now one sitting at the front desk of my offices.
Thank you for the great tutorial Happy
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 HIGHFIVE
HIGHFIVE · Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA · 5 projects
Awesome!
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Lindsey  N.
Lindsey N. · Backus, Minnesota, US · 29 projects
AHH!!

This is the perfect mini-decoration for my room!!

So easy to make and so adorable!
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Anke A.
Anke A. · Wernau, Baden-Württemberg, DE · 15 projects
Instant fave, thank you!
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Tristen M.
Tristen M. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 7 projects
This is so cute. Thank you for going so in depth with the instructions and pictures.
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emmaflipflop
emmaflipflop · 5 projects
Omg luv it!! I've been looking for an origami project more challenging than just a crane and here it is!! Thanks for sharing!! Happy
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mamachka
mamachka
delicate and beautiful! I <3 origami...lived in japan for awhile!
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
Love this, what a great tute you've made!!! awesome, i really understood it at once!!!
sooo prettty adorable and great idea to make. like it, the pict too with the lights.
sooo adorable, and well taken care. I love the whole project.!!!
mabyby i give it a try when i have time, but i sure 1'm fallen in love by yours.LOL
thank you for all your work!!!;-D
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Lolly.Bot
Lolly.Bot · Enfield, England, GB
Wow that looks beautiful but time consuming
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