Handmade Christmas Ornament
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.
More Handmade Ornaments
- Handmade German Star Ornaments
German Stars (AKA Moravian Stars) are beautiful ornaments. They also make great gifts or creative craft projects for folks about 9 and up.
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
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.
- Fold the square in half to form a rectangle with the back sides together and the front sides out. Unfold
- Fold the square in half the other way with the back sides together. Unfold
- Fold the square in half to form a TRIANGLE (points together) with the FRONT sides together and the BACK Sides facing out.
- Fold the square in the opposite direction to form a TRIANGLE (points together) with the FRONT sides together and the BACK sides out.
The Tricky Part
Now, you'll fold each single square with the pretty design. This is probably the most difficult part.
- Unfold and then fold so that the points are together with the back sides together.
- Push the sides into the triangle to form a diamond.
- 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.
- This finishes each individual piece.
The Final Step on Each Side
After you have the sixteen pieces all folded, select eight for each side.
- Choose the first piece. Find the side with two flaps and put glue in between the two flaps.
- Choose the second piece. Place the side with one flap into the double glued flap with the points as close together as possible.
- Put glue in the double flaps of the second piece and add a third piece as in the step above.
- Continue your pattern and attach the final piece by putting the first piece's single flap into the final piece's double flap.
- 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)
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.
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
This is the kind of cord I use
One More Ornament Pattern
- Handmade Snowflake Ornament
Making ornaments at Christmas is a great family tradition. This paper or fabric snowflake is easy and fun, but elegant.
© 2014 Lynne Modranski