Easy origami decorations to make with children

December 24, 2011
Author: Hannah

We’ve already shown you how to make a star and a Christmas tree decoration out of paper; now for an intricate spiral that looks lovely on the tree, in the window, or hung over the table for a festive occasion. It’s a nice easy thing to make with children on Christmas Eve.

For those of you really into origami, you’ll spot that this is in fact a kirigami decoration, because it involves cutting the paper. However you choose to call it, have fun experimenting with different colours and sizes.

Children making origami Christmas decorations at Eden

You will need:

  • A square of thin, coloured card
  • A pair of scissors
  • Double-sided tape, or a stapler
  • A hole puncher
  • A piece of thread

How to make your decoration

  1. 5 photos depicting the stages of making the decorationFold your square of paper in half to form a triangle.
  2. Then fold that triangle in half again to form a smaller triangle (figure 1).
  3. Holding the triangle in one hand, use the scissors to cut a series of incisions into the triangle (through all the layers of folded paper) in parallel with the longest side. With each one, cut as far as you can before you reach the opposite edge of the triangle, but stop just before you get to it, leaving a solid seam all the way along that fold (figure 2). You can vary the space between each parallel cut to get a pretty effect.
  4. Open up your piece of card into a square and it will look like a spider’s web pattern of cuts (figure 3). Place it so the incisions run like sideways arrows, left to right, and the solid ‘seam’ runs top to bottom.
  5. Take hold of the two outermost corners, on the left and right, and bring them together to meet. Use double-sided tape to stick them to each other (a stapler works too, but the finished decoration isn’t quite as beautiful).
  6. Then do the same with the next two corners in, but bring them together to meet on the opposite side of the card (figure 4).
  7. Continue to do this until all the corners are paired up with each other, on alternate sides of the card, until you reach the core of the card (figure 5).
  8. To hang your decoration, use a hole puncher to make a hole in the very top piece of solid card and tie some thread through it.


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4 responses to Easy origami decorations to make with children

  1. Suzy Harris says:

    The christmas decorations are very christamassy and look fun to make

  2. Emma Hill says:

    these r gr8 fun to make :-D and r very colourful and look awsome

  3. odette says:

    thank you fpr all your tips with the christmas decorations, oh and the fish stew and hope you will put some other on line as i like to make differant one .iam looking for lentils moussaka thank you odette x

  4. Sophie says:

    My teacher uses this website and can I just say, it is amazing!

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