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Tea Bag Folding Christmas Tree Pattern

Updated on January 20, 2017
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Sherry has been using origami folds to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet

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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.

STEP ONE

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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.

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Fold into a water bomb.

If you need help with the water bomb go to step one & two Lesson One.

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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.

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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....."

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Assembly of Paper Fold Christmas Tree

STEP TWO


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

STEP THREE

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Cut in half diagonally a 2 1/2" squareFold in half (2)Bring outer points to the top pointUnfold and refold as in(2). Bring the fold edge to the center as shown.Unfold again and use the prefolds to make the squished triangle shown.Fold up the bottomTurn over and fashion diagonal folds by folding outer points toward the center.Turnover. Completed tree stand. Dab glue on the three top points press onto back of tree.
Cut in half diagonally a 2 1/2" square
Cut in half diagonally a 2 1/2" square
Fold in half (2)
Fold in half (2)
Bring outer points to the top point
Bring outer points to the top point
Unfold and refold as in(2). Bring the fold edge to the center as shown.
Unfold and refold as in(2). Bring the fold edge to the center as shown.
Unfold again and use the prefolds to make the squished triangle shown.
Unfold again and use the prefolds to make the squished triangle shown.
Fold up the bottom
Fold up the bottom
Turn over and fashion diagonal folds by folding outer points toward the center.
Turn over and fashion diagonal folds by folding outer points toward the center.
Turnover. Completed tree stand. Dab glue on the three top points press onto back of tree.
Turnover. Completed tree stand. Dab glue on the three top points press onto back of tree.

Finished Teabag Folding Christmas Tree

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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.

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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.

Die Cuts With A View Arctic Wishes Box of Cards

tea bag fold Christmas tree layout
tea bag fold Christmas tree layout

New Tree Layout

2011



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.

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tea bag folding tree

Assembled Tree

 

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Christmas tea bag folding

Two finished cards

One tree of each layout

Newest Idea for Tea Bag Folded Christmas Tree - I Made These For 2013

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This design is two sided. For the back do not fold the tab in as I show in Step One above.The star is the first few steps of the crane origami fold.I used a needle to thread the fish line for the hanger.
This design is two sided. For the back do not fold the tab in as I show in Step One above.
This design is two sided. For the back do not fold the tab in as I show in Step One above.
The star is the first few steps of the crane origami fold.
The star is the first few steps of the crane origami fold.
I used a needle to thread the fish line for the hanger.
I used a needle to thread the fish line for the hanger.

Made 2015

Bowl full of hanging trees
Bowl full of hanging trees
Tress on cards. Nice for a Thank you.
Tress on cards. Nice for a Thank you.

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 5

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Cut 6 2" inch or smaller square tiles all the same.Fold 4 ways, as shownCollapse into the water bomb fold.Place tile as shown above and fold the right wing up 1/4 from the center fold. The result will be a smaller squareTurn the tile over. Center point facing toward you.Take the left wing toward the center. Press a fold at the spot that results in three evenly spaced points at the top edge. It should be a long triangle with a nice point at the bottom.Turn your folded tile over. 6 finished tiles should look like the tile above.
Cut 6 2" inch or smaller square tiles all the same.
Cut 6 2" inch or smaller square tiles all the same.
Fold 4 ways, as shown
Fold 4 ways, as shown
Collapse into the water bomb fold.
Collapse into the water bomb fold.
Place tile as shown above and fold the right wing up 1/4 from the center fold. The result will be a smaller square
Place tile as shown above and fold the right wing up 1/4 from the center fold. The result will be a smaller square
Turn the tile over. Center point facing toward you.
Turn the tile over. Center point facing toward you.
Take the left wing toward the center. Press a fold at the spot that results in three evenly spaced points at the top edge. It should be a long triangle with a nice point at the bottom.
Take the left wing toward the center. Press a fold at the spot that results in three evenly spaced points at the top edge. It should be a long triangle with a nice point at the bottom.
Turn your folded tile over. 6 finished tiles should look like the tile above.
Turn your folded tile over. 6 finished tiles should look like the tile above.

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.

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Assembly of Medallion for Lesson Five

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Print the placement guide above. Line up one tile using the left edge and put small amount of glue along the edge, as indicated with the glue bottle.Note: work counterclockwise. The next tile's right edge should go on top of the glue and under the flap with the sqaure. Line up the left edge again with the guide.Work around with all squares.The finished rosette will look like thisThe back. I glued a small anchor square on the back for stability.
Print the placement guide above. Line up one tile using the left edge and put small amount of glue along the edge, as indicated with the glue bottle.
Print the placement guide above. Line up one tile using the left edge and put small amount of glue along the edge, as indicated with the glue bottle.
Note: work counterclockwise. The next tile's right edge should go on top of the glue and under the flap with the sqaure. Line up the left edge again with the guide.
Note: work counterclockwise. The next tile's right edge should go on top of the glue and under the flap with the sqaure. Line up the left edge again with the guide.
Work around with all squares.
Work around with all squares.
The finished rosette will look like this
The finished rosette will look like this
The back. I glued a small anchor square on the back for stability.
The back. I glued a small anchor square on the back for stability.

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?

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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

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    ComfortsOfHome 3 years ago

    What a fun way this would be to recycle all those bits of pretty paper that are too small to do other things with - much better than simply chucking them, and you get the crafty fun activity as well.

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    Sherry Venegas 3 years ago from La Verne, CA

    @myrnacarr: Hi Myra, all the papers here are printed computer stationary. The snowflake is scrapbooking paper.

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    tonyleather 3 years ago

    Very attractive, but somehow a bit pointless, I fear, as I think this a complete waste of time and paper! Sorry!

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    Ruthi 3 years ago

    How beautiful! I am all thumbs when it comes to paper crafts so I really do appreciate you tea bag trees and snowflakes.

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    myrnacarr 3 years ago

    Yes I am but WHERE oh WHERE can I get the wonderful 'Poppy' paper?

    Myrna Carr (UK)

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