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Tea Bag Folding Christmas Tree Pattern

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

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.

Tea bag folding on monoprint
Tea bag folding on monoprint

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.

Step 1

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.

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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

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.

image: Amazon.com
image: Amazon.com

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.

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.

tea bag folding tree
tea bag folding tree

Assembled Tree

 

Christmas tea bag folding
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
Trees on cards. Nice for a Thank you.
Trees 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.

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

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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 4 years ago

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

      Myrna Carr (UK)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for this absolutely delightful Christmas craft project. Tea bag folding is almost like origami and the step by step instructions of this holiday tree really make your pattern stand out from others. I hate when I visit a site and all I find is a link to a different article. You rock girl. Merry Christmas. (Wish I could bless this one twice.)

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      @anonymous: Leena,

      I really appreciate your use of my tea bag folding site. I am not done with the water bomb yet, so come back once in awhile. There just may be something new posted.

      Sherry

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      @anonymous: Mary,

      Thank you and enjoy tea bag folding. I hope these lessons are easy to follow!

      Sherry