Posts Tagged ‘paper folding’

by Laura's Left Hook
I discovered a tutorial online for these ornaments several years ago and now cannot seem to find them again. I have made them enough times to have memorized how to do them and thought I would share it with you. First, you need to gather the following materials:

1. 12 x 12 scrapbook paper (I find that smaller patterns tend to look better than large scale patterns.)

2. Paper cutter

3. 3 inch styrofoam balls

4. Stick pins (1000 for a dollar at my local Dollar Tree)

5. Ribbon


Step One: Cut the scrapbook paper into 2 x 12 inch strips.

Step Two: Cut the strips into 2 x 1 inch pieces.
Christmas Tutorial
Step Three: Fold strips into a triangle shape, being careful that the points look nice.

Step Four:
Place first four triangles on the styrofoam ball, pinning down all three corners. This will be the bottom of your ornament.
Christmas Tutorial
Step Five: The next round of triangles will be pinned down only on two corners, leaving what will be the bottom corner to stick out. Since you are working from the bottom, it appears to be the top corner as you work. Notice that the second round is placed so that the points line up with the edges of the first rounds triangles.

Step Six:
Continue adding rounds of triangles, pinning down only two corners until you get about to the halfway point. Then pin the ribbon for the hanging loop on each side. You will then continue to add rounds of triangles until you get to the top. The top does not need to look perfect since you will be covering it with ribbon.
Step Seven: If you are good at making bows, you could add a bow to the top. If you crochet, you can make a crocheted chain to wrap around and pin to the top of the ornament. I have also seen some of these with little tags added to the top to dangle.

If you love looking at these but are not up to creating them yourself, please check out the Handmade Christmas section in my Artfire Studio.

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Origami boxes — dots, poinsettias, and bows

Origami boxes — another look

shades of blue

I just started getting interested in origami. I started with some ideas on line and have now progressed to getting about five books from the library. Right now I am trying to find ideas that would sell, but I also like making things for myself and the girls.

I have made a couple types of boxes. The masu box ends up with lines across the top, which I did not like, so I am making another similar kind, which I am not sure has an official name. Directions for a masu box may be found here: masu box pattern

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