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Handmade Christmas Ornament

Updated on January 9, 2018
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Lynne loves to do crafts with her children and grandchildren. (almost as much as she loves them and loves Jesus!)

The Original Origami that inspired the whole thing!
The Original Origami that inspired the whole thing!

Easy Origami

Just a few Summers ago, my granddaughter found an easy origami book at the library. One week later, we'd made several new folded paper creations. Our favorite was what the book called "The Color Wheel." We started with a six inch square, and even created one that was a four inch square. In fact that photo above is our first attempt at this craft project.

After we finished our debut piece, we decided that if we cut them down to two inches, they would make a wonderful ornament. So, below you'll find the steps we took to create our Origami Wheel Ornaments.

Supply List

The first thing you'll want to do is select your paper. You can use just about anything, plain paper, wrapping paper, origami paper, scrapbooking paper or more. You don't want to use cardstock because it will make it difficult to fold.

You can use up to 8 different patterns or colors. I personally think that the most attractive ornaments were made of two or four different patterns. All together you'll need sixteen (16) 2x2 squares. It is very important that they are close to perfect squares.

So, here's what you'll need:

  • Sixteen 2"x 2" squares
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Hot (or Low-Temp) Glue Gun
  • Silver or Gold thin cord
  • Small beads (2 to 4 mm)

Choose 16 pieces of paper cut into 2x2 squares.
Choose 16 pieces of paper cut into 2x2 squares.

A Very Easy Origami

Below you'll see photos with instructions. You'll need 8 or 16 folded pieces, so by the time you get the first one done, you'll be a pro! I think just about anyone over the age of eight can make these ornaments. A younger crafty child might even be able to handle it. Just remember to always have fun!

Step by Step Photos

1. fold in half with back sides together.
1. fold in half with back sides together.
2. fold in half the other way with back sides together.
2. fold in half the other way with back sides together.
3. Fold in half with corners and back sides together.
3. Fold in half with corners and back sides together.
4. Fold in half the other way with corners and back sides together.
4. Fold in half the other way with corners and back sides together.

The Tricky Part

1.  Bring the points together with the back sides together
1. Bring the points together with the back sides together
2.  Push the sides in so that it forms a diamond
2. Push the sides in so that it forms a diamond
3.  Lift the right side of the diamond straight up
3. Lift the right side of the diamond straight up
4.  Push the center of the put straight down.  The fold will line up with the split.
4. Push the center of the put straight down. The fold will line up with the split.

Now to Finish

With 8 folded pieces, you can make a one sided package decoration. You'll need 16 pieces to make a full two sided ornament. Here are the final steps.

Creating the sides of the ornament

After all 16 pieces are folded, you'll choose eight to put together for the first side.  If you want the sides to match, make sure you save an equal amount of each design for the other side.
After all 16 pieces are folded, you'll choose eight to put together for the first side. If you want the sides to match, make sure you save an equal amount of each design for the other side.
Take the first piece, and open the left side (the side with two flaps)
Take the first piece, and open the left side (the side with two flaps)
Put glue in between the flaps
Put glue in between the flaps
Put the next piece's single flap in between the flaps
Put the next piece's single flap in between the flaps
Then glue that second piece's double flaps and insert the next piece. Keep doing that until you get to the eighth piece.
Then glue that second piece's double flaps and insert the next piece. Keep doing that until you get to the eighth piece.
The eighth piece will fit between the seventh and first piece.
The eighth piece will fit between the seventh and first piece.
One finished side
One finished side

The Finishing Touches

By now you should have two wheels that somewhat resemble the one above. At this point, I recommend you use a hot glue gun (low-temp will work) to glue a string loop at the top and then the two pieces together (I prefer to have the matching pieces touching back to back. Finally, take a small bead that matches your ornament and glue in the center of each side.

The Finished Ornament

This finished ornament is obviously not the one I was working on when I created the steps above. Unfortunately, I gave away all of the fifty that my granddaughter and I made before I remembered to take a photo of one. Someone in church was able to take a picture of the one I gave them, so here's a finished Origami Wheel Ornament

Here's the Final Project!
Here's the Final Project!

© 2014 Lynne Modranski

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    • CorneliaMladenova profile image

      Korneliya Yonkova 

      3 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Awesome tips. They can be made not only for Christmas. Could make cool decoration for kid's room :)

    • LouCannon profile image

      Amanda Louise Cannon 

      3 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

      They are so lively and colorful! Love it!

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