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Tea Bag Folding Christmas Tree Pattern
More Instructions and Patterns for Tea Bag Folding
A project like this you need to start early to get a few trees made.
The Holiday Trees I have created with tea bag folding starts with the water bomb like all the patterns on my first page titled Tea Bag Folding - Flat Fold Unit Origami. Experiment with the tile placement and you will have Christmas tree cards made in no time.
Lesson 4 below is the pattern to make your tea bag folding Christmas tree. Folding lesson 5 is a six point pattern. Snowflakes are generally six points.
Enjoy this idea page for teabag folding Christmas trees for your next handmade Christmas Cards.
Lesson 4 Make a Tea Bag Fold Christmas Tree
For Christmas 2009 I decided to share and post the paper folding Christmas tree I developed for handmade greeting cards. This is a popular pattern of my own that was worked just for ACEO and the small folds for 2.5 X 3.5 inch collector cards. After making about 10 collector cards I decided to try a bigger version for note cards. I found out in 2008 it was as popular as the small ones.
All over patterned paper makes a lovely tree. No need to print tiles. In the example that follows I randomly cut the tiles from 8 x11 inch laser printing stationary to make this handmade embellishment.
It takes me an evening of TV to completed one or two trees. So start paper folding so you will have a few done when they are needed.
Start with 12 square tiles. Mine are 1 1/4 inches. I will use this tree for a note card 4.25 X 5.5 inches. The tree measures 3.5 inches high.
Fold into a water bomb.
If you need help with the water bomb go to step one & two Lesson One.
Take the right flap bring to the middle and squish. It should look like the tile at right.
Turn it over and squish the right flap again. You will have a kite shape on each side.
Fold under or clip the tip of the back side of your folded piece and adhere with a dab of glue. Make all twelve in the same matter.
Hint: If this step is omitted the result is two sided tree ornaments. Pictures below under "Newest Idea....."
Assembly of Paper Fold Christmas Tree
Line up three tiles and glue together.
In all make two three tile rows. Two two tile rows. and two singles.
Put small dab of glue in the top tips and slide into the next row just enough to hold them together. Your tree should look like the one to the left. Do not worry if it is a bit unstable. You will be gluing it down for your card.
Paper Fold Holiday Tree Stand
Finished Teabag Folding Christmas Tree
I did not use tiles that were alike for this tree. It looks natural this way. I will use a matching pen to color the edges to eliminate any paper cracking or white edging.
I Used A Box of Craft Cards for Mounting the Trees
Any card of 4.25 X 5.5 or A2 size will be perfect for mounting your newly created handmade card embellishments.
Another idea is to attach a hanger and use detachable glue dots and the recipient can hang the tree up for display.
New Tree Layout
If you count up from the bottom, row 3 has the tips cut on units 1 and 2 from the left. The unit just above also has the tip clipped. This allows the units to be glued slightly closer together, aiding in giving a better shape to the finished project.
Two finished cards
One tree of each layout
Newest Idea for Tea Bag Folded Christmas Tree - I Made These For 2013Click thumbnail to view full-size
Holiday Gallery of Tea Bag Folding Christmas Trees
Open this link to see a photo gallery of Christmas trees for inspiration.
New Flat Unit Origami Fold by Paperfacets - Lesson 5Click thumbnail to view full-size
Make a template like the one below.
Cut the circle out and rub with candle wax, or surfboard wax, if you are a surfer. The wax prevents the template from getting sticky with glue.
Assembly of Medallion for Lesson FiveClick thumbnail to view full-size
Snowflakes are Generally Six Points
Can you think of a Tea Bag Folding pattern that would make a snowflake? Put the link below of the pattern you use for snowflakes. I allowed HTML so you can share a link.
What is your snowflake pattern?
Other Tea Bag Folding Instruction Web Sites
- Teabag Folding & Flat Unit Origami | A Place to Explore Paper Folding
Website for exploring and sharing tea bag folding or flat unit origami. Be a beginner or expand your paper folding creativity with others.
- How To Make Paper Folding Wreaths
The wreaths large and small by folding paper squares.
I hope these tea bag folding instructions were useful. Please come back to let me know if you made the Christmas tree.
If this pattern is not for you try this much easier embellishment for Christmas.
© 2009 Sherry Venegas