Easy Christmas Crafts - Folded Paper Christmas Tree
This Easy Christmas Crafts Folded Paper Christmas Tree project makes a simple and pretty desktop Christmas tree. The Easy Christmas Crafts Folded Paper Christmas Tree project modifies the kirigami process for a folded paper Christmas tree using crayons, glue and embellishments.
First, let's look at an example:
The green tree is made from green card stock and is decorated with multicolored sequins glued in a random pattern.
Let's make a Easy Christmas Crafts Folded Paper Christmas Tree from regular, 20 pound printer paper in yellow with crayon decorations:
Easy Christmas Crafts: Folded Paper Christmas Tree Materials and Tools:
Paper (computer paper, card stock, wrapping paper; construction paper works but the size of the fibers in the paper makes the folds difficult)
Sequins or small beads (optional)
The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Folded Paper Christmas Tree:
Start with a square piece of paper. This paper began as 8.5 x 11 inches printer paper. The length was trimmed to 8.5 inches to make a square.
First, fold the paper in half corner to corner.
Open the shape and fold corner to corner again with the other corners.
Open the shape and turn the paper over. Fold side to side.
Open the shape and fold the other two sides together.
The resulting shape should have four outer folds and four inner folds.
Next, fold halfway between each crease making sure the new folds alternate outer and inner folds.
The folds should be like an accordion rotating around the central point.
The new shape includes eight outer folds and eight inner folds.
Fold the shape flat with four folds on each side and with a split between the bottom triangles (where the scissors point).
Trim the bottom straight across.
Add a slight curve to the bottom by trimming the outer portion of triangle.
Leave the middle area straight for the base of the Easy Christmas Crafts Folded Paper Christmas Tree.
The Easy Christmas Crafts Folded Paper Christmas Tree shape sits on the straight area.
Open the folds.
Add colorful crayon decorations to the Easy Christmas Crafts Folded Paper Christmas Tree.
Decorate around the center leaving a small area undecorated for the star shape.
Fold the shape flat again with five folds on one side and three on the other.
Near the point and at an angle, cut through the five folds and partially into the three folds being careful not to cut the top off.
Open the cut area to form the star shape.
Color the star.
You have a decorated Easy Christmas Crafts Folded Paper Christmas Tree that easily sits on a desk or table.
If you prefer a slimmer version, add glue between the folds at the base of the Easy Christmas Crafts Folded Paper Christmas Tree. Hold the folds together until the glue sets.
These Easy Christmas Crafts Folded Paper Christmas Trees do not shed. They easily fold for storage and can be made simply or elegantly depending on the materials and decorations you use.
People of all ages can enjoy this Easy Christmas Crafts Folded Paper Christmas Tree.