Origami paper trees

Crafters can fold and bend their way to a glorious winter scene made with papers from the Papermania At Home With Santa 12 x 12'' Paper Pack. For larger trees work with squares of 21.5 x 21.5cm and for smaller trees, we used squares of 15 x 15cm.

Trees 

1. Start with the printed side up, mountain fold horizontally and vertically, then valley fold diagonally in both directions, unfolding every fold each time. 

2. Bring the two top and bottom, opposite corners together, pushing in the sides so that you are left with a square. 

3. The square should show a vertical line from the top corner to the bottom corner. Fold the right-hand side corner in, towards the central line. 

4. Open out the fold shown in step 3, and push flat, so that you are left with a triangle shape. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all four corners.

5. Open up the model a little, and then fold all the flaps that look like longer points, up to create a base. 

Base

1. For the larger trees, draw a 4 x 4cm square onto Papermania A4 Kraftstax. Draw a rectangle coming off each side that is 6cm long. Add 1cm tabs onto the template to fix the net together. Snip the corners of the tabs first. To create a net from the smaller trees, start with a 3 x 3cm square and draw 4cm long rectangles coming off each side.

2. Once the bases are assembled, place a Craft Planet Polystyrene Ball Assorted Sizes inside for sturdiness.

3. The origami tree should sit happily on top of its base. If not, try stabbing a Craft Planet Natural Dolly Peg into the polystyrene ball and fixing the paper tree to the top of the peg with a glue gun. 

Project and how-to instructions by Amy Nichols.

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