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Handmade Christmas Ornament

Updated on August 31, 2015
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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

During the Summer of 2014, my granddaughter found an easy origami book at the library. Just a 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 to the right 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.

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

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)

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 First Steps

Once you've chose your paper, you'll start folding. Decide which side of your paper is the front and which is the back.

  1. Fold the square in half to form a rectangle with the back sides together and the front sides out. Unfold




  2. Fold the square in half the other way with the back sides together. Unfold






  3. Fold the square in half to form a TRIANGLE (points together) with the FRONT sides together and the BACK Sides facing out.









  4. Fold the square in the opposite direction to form a TRIANGLE (points together) with the FRONT sides together and the BACK sides out.


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.

The Tricky Part

Now, you'll fold each single square with the pretty design. This is probably the most difficult part.

  1. Unfold and then fold so that the points are together with the back sides together.





  2. Push the sides into the triangle to form a diamond.







  3. Holding the open edge towards you, lift up the top flap of the right side of the diamond and push it straight down so that it forms a narrow triangle on top of the diamond.








  4. This finishes each individual piece.

After all 16 pieces are folded, you'll take eight and put together.
After all 16 pieces are folded, you'll take eight and put together.
Take the first piece, and open the left side
Take the first piece, and open the left side
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
Then glue that second piece's double flaps and insert the next piece
The eighth piece will fit between the seventh and first piece.
The eighth piece will fit between the seventh and first piece.

The Final Step on Each Side

After you have the sixteen pieces all folded, select eight for each side.









  1. Choose the first piece. Find the side with two flaps and put glue in between the two flaps.














  2. Choose the second piece. Place the side with one flap into the double glued flap with the points as close together as possible.










  3. Put glue in the double flaps of the second piece and add a third piece as in the step above.









  4. Continue your pattern and attach the final piece by putting the first piece's single flap into the final piece's double flap.








  5. Lay the completed wheel upside down and arrange the second side so it matches the first. (If you don't lay the first side upside down, the pattern will be backwards)

One finished side
One finished side

The Finishing Touches

By now you should have two wheels that somewhat resemble that wheel to the right. 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.

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

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

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© 2014 Lynne Modranski

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    • CorneliaMladenova profile image

      Korneliya Yonkova 2 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 2 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

      They are so lively and colorful! Love it!

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