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Tea Bag Folding Christmas Tree Pattern
Easy Origami Fold for Paper Christmas Trees
The Holiday trees I have created with the tea bag folding technique starts with the water bomb. Experiment with the tile placement and you will have Christmas tree cards made in no time.
Make a Tea Bag Fold Christmas Tree
This is a popular pattern of my own design. First I applied the trees to ACEO and collector cards. After making about 10 collector cards I decided to try a bigger version for note cards.
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. Start paper folding early so you will have a few done when they are needed.
Start with 12 square tiles. Mine are 1 1/4 inches. The finished 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
Make a simple 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.
Other Tea Bag Folding Instruction Hubs
- 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.
© 2009 Sherry Venegas