Wednesday, November 7, 2007

I’ve been asked by several people to explain just how I made the little Origami Christmas Tree found on the progressive scrapbook page in a prior post (October 22nd), as well as the card shown here. This card is made with designer paper, river rock and always artichoke cardstock, and one of the SU specialty ribbon packs.

The little tree is actually very simple to construct using Designer Paper (not cardstock) and some heavy duty glue, such as K & Co. scrap-booking glue, or Zip Paper Glue. It is important to use a heavy duty glue to keep the stacked and folded paper layers flat.
Another suggestion: Begin with a 3” piece of scrap printer paper or post it note, to become more familiar with the folding technique.

  • The tree is actually constructed of several squares, cut in ½” increments, i.e. 1”, 1.5”, 2”, 2.5”, and 3”. The smallest square will become your tree top.

  • Begin with the largest square, fold it in half diagonally (forming a triangle). Open and fold in half on the other diagonal.

  • Turn your piece over, and fold the bottom edge so that it aligns with the top, forming a rectangle. Re-open the paper. . Open it back up, and the square will now have a folded 'X' crease (Figure 1 in photo).

  • Hold the paper so that the last crease is horizontally aligned, and push in on both sides on that last fold line. This is called an origami ‘waterbomb base’ and will form a 3 dimensional triangular piece. (Figure 2)

  • Flatten your triangle and position it so that the horizontal edge is closer to you, the top point is away from you. Fold over the right and left edges of the top triangle layer towards each other, so that they meet and form a vertical line down the middle of the triangle base layer. Crease well, and then glue these CENTER FLAPS down. (Figure 3)

  • Repeat these steps for all remaining squares.

  • To assemble the tree, stack smaller layers progressively atop the larger layers, inserting the triangle ‘point’ into each subsequent base triangle pocket and add a bit of glue to affix permanently.

  • For the tree trunk, I used my Fiskars corrugating tool on a small rectangle of Chocolate Chip Cardstock, and inserted it into the largest tree base triangle with the corrugation lines running vertically.

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