I have been working on paper Christmas tree ornaments for a bit. I just love folding, origami, and basically playing with paper for Christmas tree ornaments. It took a while to gather them all together (actually a 3-year collection of them) and photograph them. Keep in mind - although it is nice to use Designer Series Paper for these, many of them can be created with old Christmas cards. Don't throw those away - they have great images on them, don't they?
- Scallop Circle or Scallop Oval Punch Ornament - Punch out 6 circles or ovals, fold in half, adhere together alternating colors, and hang. Super easy for the kids!
I used Merry Moments DSP for this one.
- Scallop Square Punch Ornament -
I used Merry Moments DSP again. Short tutorial here:
Fold in half in each direction, opening back up after each fold. Flip over and fold in half diagonally (one direction).
You should be able to pinch in the sides like this.
Fold down to make a smaller square (scallops on two sides). Make 6 of these, glue together, and hang.
- 3-D Ball Ornament - I originally created these a few years ago for the tree when my infant daughter starting becoming mobile.
I created this one out of Ginger Blossom DSP. Stampin' Up now sells a Big Shot die that will create the score lines for you, but originally my husband cut plastic triangles to fit into my 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" punches circles so we could use an embossing stylus to score the folds.
This one I made out of recycled Christmas cards. You may notice this one has been repaired a few times (little monsters attacking my works of art!). I had another one, a blue one, but it didn't survive.
- German Star - I followed a tutorial I found online; there are several out there. I made one of these when I was a kid (5th grade), and I still have it! It was one of my favorites. Your school-age kids could definitely take this one on!
Here is a mini one made out of Merry Moments DSP.
- Ok, so you've mastered the above techniques. Here's a challenge for you - a Sonobe Origami ornament. The tutorial is on SCS here.
I followed the tutorial to create mine, but be patient. It did take a bit of trial and error (and several hours). I used wrapping paper for mine (need to use thin paper).
I think that's enough for now. I do have more to show, so I'll post a second ornaments segment soon.
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