I am sure you've seen these cute little origami trees, probably many times, in the past. However, have you ever attempted to make one?
The trees themselves don't have a lot of dimension,
so would be good for mailing without extra postage.
I always appreciate that!
A closeup of my origami tree:
If you're interested in making a tree or two for yourself or someone else, but aren't sure how to proceed, here is a tutorial I've made up to hopefully help make it easier for you. Once you get the hang of it, you will find yourself making little forests of these little cuties. They are lots of fun to grow. I mean, make!
The Supplies List and Tutorial are to make a card like mine. Change it up however you want. Make yourself happy!
Christmas-flavored Designer Series Paper or scrapbook paper
Very Vanilla cardstock
Real Red cardstock
Shimmer gift wrap (I found this at Target)
Small star punch
To make the tree portion, you will need four squares of the same DSP that measure 3",
2 1/2", 2" and 1 1/2". You can actually start with any size you want; just keep decreasing by 1/2". You could also make more or less layers to change the size of your tree.
So far, so good??
Fold the first square from corner to corner; unfold, and fold from the other corner to corner. Open. Fold it in half. Open. Fold in half the other way.
Stick with me!
Hold the open paper print side out to you. See the line that runs across the square horizontally? Push that line in on both sides of the center. Fold it together and flatten it so you have a triangular shape. Bring the bottom of the top point to the center fold line and crease. Repeat with the other side. Use the bone folder to flatten this piece. This is your first layer of the tree.
Repeat these steps with all four pieces. Set aisde while you make your card base.
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.
Add to this base a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of the sparkly gift wrap.
Start with the largest tree piece. Put a few Glue Dots across the bottom, leaving the point with NO GLUE DOTS, and add it to the card front.
When you are placing these layers, try to line up the creases as well as you can.
Slide the next largest tree piece near the top point of the preceding piece, doing the same thing with Glue Dots across the bottom. Continue in this same fashion until your tree is complete.
Punch a star from Real Red cardstock. Adhere it to the top of the tree with a piece of Stampin' Dimensional.
Add a green sequin to the center of the star.
How did that go? Are you ready to create a forest?
The world of reality has its limits;
the world of imagination is boundless.
- Jean-Jacaques Rousseau -