Learn how to make simple and stylish Origami Christmas Trees. These easy paper trees are a quick Holiday DIY the whole family can make together.
Hang from the tree or pop on the front of a card. Personalise with stickers and hand-drawn details for a truly unique decoration.
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I’m back with another easy peasy Christmas origami project for you, Origami Christmas Trees. Did you see my easy origami stars? These trees are another great one to get the kids involved with as they’re so simple.
When it comes to making Christmas decorations or any decorations for that matter, I nearly always turn to paper. It’s such a versatile and accessible material as most people have some sort of paper on hand.
They’re easy to fold and look great on a homemade card or as a finishing touch to a gift. They work best if the paper has a contrasting colour on the back like the standard origami paper giving your tree a different colour base.
If you don’t have origami paper gift wrap is a great alternative. Bonus points if you can re-use or recycle any paper you already have lying around the house.
You could even use plain printer paper and have fun decorating them with metallic pens, stickers and glitter (have you seen this fantastic eco glitter yet? It comes in a huge range of colours) and really put your own spin on them.
To make them extra festive add a lucky star to the top of each one.
Don’t forget to check out my 25 Easy Christmas Origami projects for more origami fun!
Paper (origami, scrapbook or gift wrap all work well),
This pack of origami paper is a good one if you’re just getting started and don’t want to spend a lot of money.
Scrapbook paper or gift wrap are also good alternatives and come in a wide range of colours and patterns.
These pretty pastel rolls of gift wrap are perfect for any occasion and I’ve also got a soft spot for these modern marble ones as well.
Introduction: Easy Origami Christmas Tree
Beautiful cristmas trees that are easy to make
Cut out a paper square
Fold it in half so it make a + in the midle of the paper
Fold the paper as the pictures
Fold the paper as the pictures
Fold the paper as the pictures
Cut a straight line as on the picture
Fold as the pictures and do it on both sides
Make som short lines on both sides and cut as the picture
Fold like the picture
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This tree has a trapezoid base so it looks like it is in a box or a tree-stand. With a few decorations (such as colored hole punch circles), this money easy tree can be transformed into a Christmas tree.
Florence Temko created another tree which is similar but has the extra bonus of having a straight trunk. Her tree looks as if it is growing from the ground. You can see it here.
Instructions for Money Easy Tree
Start with a crisp dollar bill with the black-side facing up.
Orient the money vertically (up and down direction).
Fold and unfold the dollar bill in half lengthwise.
Fold and unfold the dollar bill in half crosswise.
Fold up the bottom-right side of the dollar bill. Start the fold from
the halfway mark along the bottom-edge and extend it to the halfway mark at the right-edge of the dollar bill.
Fold the corner of the dollar bill towards the right as shown.
Repeat steps 3 & 4 on the bottom-left side of the dollar bill.
Fold from halfway mark to halfway mark as shown.
As before, fold the corner to the left.
Repeat steps 3 & 4 on the top-right side of the dollar bill.
Repeat one last time on the top-left side of the dollar bill.
Fold the model in half (bottom to top).
Fold the top layer back down. The location of the fold is up to personal taste. One option is to have the fold at the O in the word ONE.
Fold the tip of the model back up, again the location of the fold may vary.
Easy Christmas Origami Projects for Kids and Adults
Whether you’re decorating for the holidays or looking for Christmas origami projects to make with your kids, we’ve got all the ideas you need here. You can bring these projects out of storage each year and they will remind you of the fun you had making them together with friends and family.
These cute origami Santas are great to make with your kids. Give them different expressions and decorate them with markers, stickers, and pom-poms.
Christmas Tree Card
These easy-to-make origami Christmas trees can be used to make handmade cards, tree ornaments, paper garland, or stand on their own as a decoration for the mantle. Make them in different sizes and shades of green for a festive display.
This beautiful origami fox box, made from three sheets of square paper, is one of the easier models to start with. You can make it using different colors and textures of paper. These origami boxes can be used as gift boxes or hung up as pretty Christmas tree ornaments.
These cute little origami lucky stars are easy (and addictive) to make. They are made using strips of paper––strips of Christmas wrapping paper or colored printer paper work well. They look great threaded onto strings and hung up around the house or on the Christmas tree. You can also stick these onto cards or use one as the star on top of an origami Christmas tree.
This origami star dish is made from one sheet of square paper that’s first cut into a pentagon. Don’t worry—it’s easier than you might think. Use thick or textured paper to make these star dishes and you can use them for serving snacks at a holiday get-together.
This origami stellated octahedron, designed by Sam Ciulla, is made from one sheet of square paper. What makes this origami star fun is that you fold the model and then inflate it by blowing into it. These origami stars look wonderful hanging on the Christmas tree or if you make a few, they can be displayed in bowls.
These origami hex stars are made using six strips of paper and are quite easy to fold. They look wonderful hanging down from the ceiling or strung up on a garland. This pattern was designed by Maria Sinayskaya.
If you’re up for a challenge, these origami Christmas crackers are a great choice. They actually open in the middle, so there’s no bang, but the upside is that they’re kid-friendly and your guests get to keep the cracker after they open it.
Origami Christmas Tree
This origami tree by Jo Nakashima is made from six sheets of square paper. Keep in mind that this model is an intermediate-level project, so if you’ve never folded anything before, you might want to try your hand at some of the other projects listed here first to get the hang of it.
This origami sakura star from Ali Bahmani is a more advanced origami project. This model is a great choice if you have folded a few intermediate origami projects previously. The resulting origami star flower makes a lovely Christmas tree decoration, or if you make it with large paper, it could be the star on top of the tree.
Today’s holiday garland is an easy step by step tutorial for an origami Christmas Tree garland! You can honestly just make the origami Christmas Trees and display them around your house too if you don’t want to make it a garland! They are a great holiday craft for kids too! And they’re ultra festive and fun!
This DIY holiday garland is part of a three part series on holiday garlands that you can make from the Dollar Tree or equivalent!! I’m really excited to bring you these cheap and easy DIYs to make your home or space look extra festive this holiday season! All of the garlands in this series can be made with just a few supplies from the Dollar Tree or supplies that are under a dollar from a craft store.
Origami Christmas Tree Garland Supplies:
- Hole Punch
Step 1: Make your paper square
If you’re starting with square sheets of paper, you can skip this step. I started with regular construction paper, so I had to start by folding the corner of the paper over, to make it a square and then cutting off the excess on the bottom.
Step 2: Fold Diagonals
So if you did the first step, you already have your first diagonal fold. Now you’ll cross over and fold the other diagonal, corner to corner. Make sure you creases are really good. Unfold after each fold.
Step 3: Down the middle fold (2x)
Now you’re going to fold the sheet of paper in half. Crease it well and unfold. Now you’re going to turn your paper 90 degrees and repeat the fold in half.
At this point, your paper should look like the photo below. It should have a line going down the middle of the sheet going both ways, and an X to each diagonal.
Step 4: Frog Head
If you ever made origami frogs growing up, you’ll remember this move. You’re basically going to push one of the horizontal lines inward so you create a triangle. It may help to flip your paper over, and fold it in half on the opposite side. See the video for this step in particular since it’s kind of hard to explain written out. You should be left with an isosceles triangle. Press your creases down well here again.
Step 5: Making your “tree” face
Take one leg of your triangle, point it directly up to the ceiling, while holding the rest of the triangle flat on the table. Now you’ll kind of fluff out the center while pressing it down centered (see video). Ultimately you’ll be creating a kite shape. Fold the kite shape in half, back and forth to get good creases. Then fold it in half so the two sides are kissing, and repeat the steps on the next leg. At a certain point, you’ll need to shift some of the paper over to the side because it will all be on one side and make it difficult. The video is VERY helpful here and you can slow it down to half speed.
Step 6: Cut the kite wings off
Once all your legs are folded into the tree frame, you’ll cut the wings off the bottom.
Step 7: Cut your branches
You’ll want to make three cuts on each side of your “tree.” The cuts should be horizontal, but not all the way through.
Step 8: Fold your branches
Next, fold down the top of the cut branches to the base, creating a triangle shape. Repeat on each of the tree faces. Fold in the same direction and crease well.
If you’re just making trees to display, you’re done! Just fluff open your tree faces. If you’re making trees for garland, read on!
Step 9: Punch a hole at the top center (tree garland only)
If you’re making this into a garland, you’ll place the top of your tree into a hole punch and make a hole. Make sure the tree is in all the. It’s better to be a touch lower and centered, than too high that you punch a hole on the edge of the paper.
Step 10: String and knot your trees (garland only)
Next you’ll string your tree garland onto your twine. When you get it where you want it, just tie a knot. Don’t tighten it too much as you’ll risk ripping the paper. A light base cross over tie will hold it in place.
Fluff open your trees, hang your garland, and enjoy!
This Christmas tree is a clever adaptation of an origami flower, previously presented at Origami Spirit, and a creation of Vicente Dolz (Spain). To make this tree we need seven flower units for the branches, one piece for the trunk, and a star.
The following step-by-step video will show you how to make Vicente’s origami tree including an ingenious way to prepare and cut progressively smaller squares from a letter size piece of paper. You will also learn how to make the trunk and decorate the tree.
I’m always excited to feature simple and elegant origami models here at Origami Spirit and this model is definitely one of those. Thank you, Vicente, for giving permission to present your origami tree here.
Tips and suggestions for making the origami Christmas tree
- Paper such as “Tant” or regular office paper are good choices to make the tree.
- The finished unit for the tree shows both sides of the paper. I suggest using paper colored similarly on each side.
- The origami tree is made with seven squares of paper and with each a different size.
- A good size to make the biggest square for the lowest branch would be 8.5 x 8.5 inches (20 x 20 cm). Each subsequent square should be 1/8 smaller than the previous square.
- The trunk is made with a square as large as the biggest square used to make the tree.
- The finished trunk shows one side of the paper.
- The star can be made with a strip measuring 11 x 0.5 inches.
- Small beads can be placed or hung from the branches as ornaments.
Here is the video of the flower
Here is the video to make the star
This post and Christmas Tree is dedicated to Yvonne Sutton who passed away on November 24th 2014. Yvonne was the loving mother of my husband and Origami Spirit teammate, John Sutton. Yvonne enjoyed making and sharing origami with children. She loved Christmas especially which included decorating our Christmas tree with ornaments she’d collected throughout the 83 years of her life. Some of those ornaments were inherited from her grandparents. Yvonne’s spirit was a loving, generous, and joyful one and will always be with us. I am sure you would have loved her too.
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Published on November 30, 2015 Updated on May 20, 2021 by Eden
We’re smitten with these origami Christmas trees!! A festive and creative Christmas craft that you can use to decorate with for the holidays. Below is our step by step guide with photos and a link to a DIY video!
They look super charming on a shelf, you can make a garland from them or tie them to a present. And, all you need is a piece of paper and some scissors. Super easy.
If you want make a bunch of them, bribe your children with hot cocoa and put them to work, ha! Just kidding, but really, kids do love origami and would be great helpers with these festive origami Christmas trees. Tis the season!
DIY Origami Christmas Trees (Step by Step)
- Letter-sized paper in shades of green, blues and white.
Tip – you can buy the large square sheets of paper to make the big trees.
Fold top corner of the paper to align with the opposing side of the paper.
2. Cut the bottom of the paper off so that you are left with a square paper folded into a triangle.
3. Fold that in half into a smaller triangle.
4. Open the triangles and fold down to create a square x 2
5. Open the sides of the squares to create a tall triangle x 4
6. Trim off the bottom triangle.
7. Cut 3 rows on each side, spaced evenly.
8. Fold down the bottom three flaps
Here’s a great video showing how to make origami Christmas tress as well.
For the larger paper, we cut 4 rows on each side to create one more tier of the tree.
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These Origami (or kirigami 🙂 ) trees are absolutely adorable. How cool would it be to decorate an entire tree with them? I guess I better get folding!
Fun fact: when paper sculpting involves cutting as well as folding, it’s called kirigami. Origami is folding and folding only.
Oh interesting Resa!! I’m definitely not familiar with kirigami so that’s cool to know! 🙂
oh my gosh. i think daughter and future daughter in law and i will be making these. in all colors!
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Easy Origami Fir / Christmas Tree
Learn how to make a super easy origami fir tree! This origami tree is perfect to decorate at Christmas time or to make an origami forest.
These origami fir trees are very simple and easy to make from 1 sheet of square paper.
Easy Origami Fir / Christmas Tree Instructions
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1. This is the front of the origami paper, our tree will end up being this colour.
2. Flip the paper to the back, origami paper is usually white on this side.
3. Create a central vertical crease by folding the right point over to the left point.
4. Unfold the previous step.
5. Take the bottom right diagonal edge and fold it to align with the central vertical crease.
6. Repeat the last step on the left side.
7. Rotate the paper so that the wide end is at the bottom.
8. Fold the bottom point up to meet the bottom of the two left and right front flaps.