Origami Folding Tips

Origami, from the Japanese ori (to fold) and kami (paper), began in the 6th century when Buddhist monks introduced paper to Japan. The print-and-fold crafts and easy diagrams are designed to help children with fine motor skills, directions and hand eye coordination. Some basic origami folding tips:
  • Print and cut out patterns carefully.
  • Fold with clean, dry hands.
  • Follow the instructions. Study the diagrams and be patient.
  • Be precise: fold each crease well, flattening the creases by running your fingertip over the fold.
  • Folding the paper away from you is easier than folding towards you.
  • Be creative...use your origami on greeting cards, holiday decorations, table place cards and bookmarks.

DECEMBER 25: Christmas Crafts and Origami

Christmas: Origami Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Print and fold Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for Christmas.



Difficulty: Easy


Directions:


Print and cut out reindeer origami along outer solid line.



1. Fold origami in half along red horizontal line, as shown. Unfold.




2. Fold origami back along diagonal line as shown. Unfold. Repeat on other side. Unfold.

 



3. Your origami should be creased as illustrated by red lines. Carefully fold origami along these creases to form an upside-down "tent."






4. Turn your origami over, with Rudolph's face facing down. Fold each corner down, along diagonal lines, as shown.




 5. Fold corner toward center, along vertical line, as shown. Repeat on other side.

 



6. Note diagonal lines marked in red. Fan fold antlers and ears in on both sides, as shown.






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Winter Star Snowflake Ornament

Print and assemble a snowflake star for Christmas...hang in your window or use as a treetop ornament. Assembled size: app. 14 inches


DIRECTIONS:

1. Print 5 copies of Star Snowflake Ornament Section on cardstock paper:

2. Cut out pattern.

3. Fold along solid lines and tab lines. Here I used a ruler and a butter knife to score the lines, to create crisp folds.


4. Each snowflake section be creased as shown. Note how all the folds are toward the blank surface of the pattern.

5. Tape or glue each section along the tab as shown. Double stick tape works best, since there's no mess and no waiting for it to dry.


6. Once the star sections have been assembled, flatten each section as shown.

7. Align 2 sections and secure the tabs as shown.

8. Repeat with all five sections. 

9. Carefully open your star like a fan, and secure the final two tabs.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas: Origami Santa Gift Tag or Christmas Card

Print and fold an Origami Santa to use as a gift tag or a Christmas card.




Difficulty: Easy

Directions:

1. Print and cut out Origami Santa along outer solid lines.





2a. With printed side facing down, fold up on line A.
2b. Fold diagonally on line B.
2c. Repeat diagonal fold on line C. 
2d. Fold Santa's body up as shown.
 




3a. Turn Origami Santa over, with printed side facing up.
3b. Fold Santa's arm down as shown.
3c. Repeat on other side, and your Origami Santa is finished!




Merry Christmas!

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Origami Mrs. Claus Gift Tag or Christmas Card

Print and fold an Origami Mrs. Claus to use as a gift tag or a Christmas card.




Difficulty: Easy

Directions: Follow the same instructions used for Santa Claus Gift Tag:

1. Print and cut out Origami Mrs. Claus along outer solid lines.





2a. With printed side facing down, fold up on line A.
2b. Fold diagonally on line B.
2c. Repeat diagonal fold on line C. 
2d. Fold Mrs. Claus's body up as shown.
 




3a. Turn Origami Mrs. Santa Claus over, with printed side facing up.
3b. Fold Mrs. Claus's arm down as shown.
3c. Repeat on other side, and your Origami Mrs. Claus is finished!






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Origami Poinsettia

Print and fold an Origami Poinsettia for Christmas! Great for home-made crafts, cards, gift tags and Christmas tree decorations.

Directions:

1. Print and cut out Christmas Origami Poinsettia pattern.



2. With printed side facing down, fold diagonally as shown.


3. Repeat diagonal fold on opposite side, as shown.


4. Fold upper corner of Origami Poinsettia down, as shown.

5. Fold corner up, as shown, to create poinsettia petal.





6. Repeat on right corner...





7. And repeat on left corner...


8. Turn over...your Origami Poinsettia is finished! Merry Christmas!



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