BY DANIELLE TATE-STRATTON
I love to make Christmas crafts, and I think they’re even better when I can include a little bit of Japan in them for friends and family who don’t live here, so this year I decided that many of my crafts would have an origami theme. Here I’m going to share directions for making a holiday paper wreath that can be used for cards, place cards, present tags, or ornaments. A few days ago, I shared instructions for an easy card.
What you’ll need:
1. Eight strips of origami paper, cut to this size: 4cm by 8cm. If you want, you can use card stock, or other pretty paper, or even ‘up-cycle’ glossy magazine pages or the wrapping most department store items come in.
2. If you decide to use this as an ornament, you’ll need thread or ribbon and a needle to hang the wreath with.
What you’ll do:
4. Unfold along the second ‘book’ fold and, with the open sides to the top, grasp the top left corner and fold it down to the bottom, forming a triangle. Repeat on the other side. You should end up with a shape like the one shown before.
6. Take one piece and hold the points in your left hand, short side up. Notice how there are two pockets (they may be hard to see if you’ve made your creases sharp). I’ve marked them here with a blue line.
8. Continue adding all eight pieces until they circle back on each other (they will do this basically on their own). Tuck the final ends into the first pocket, and even out your wreath until it forms a nice circle. All you have to do now is decide how you want to use it!