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.
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
- Fold your square of paper in half to form a triangle.
- Then fold that triangle in half again to form a smaller triangle (figure 1).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.