This origami fir tree is simple to make and has many uses as winter holiday décor. Make one to decorate a mantle or to put inside a holiday pop-up greeting card. Put two or more together to make a holiday centerpiece. You can decorate this tree any way you like – glitter, beads, ribbon, paint, etc. are all options. Make your fir tree green and decorate it like a conventional holiday tree or make one in white and with silver embellishment.
The first thing you’ll need for this project is paper. Use any paper you happen to have on hand for practice. Once you have successfully completed a tree, then move on to other types of decorative paper. There are only two conditions for the paper that you use. First, the paper has to be cut into a perfect square. The model will not fold correctly otherwise.
Turn a standard sheet of rectangular copy paper into a square by folding one short edge over to lie completely along a long edge. Cut off the excess strip of paper to get your square. Second, the paper that you use should be heavier than a standard sheet of loose-leaf notebook paper. For this project, a heavier holiday gift wrapping paper would work nicely. Experiment to find a paper that works best for you.
You’ll also need an appropriate, well-lit place to work. In order to achieve the most accurate folds and sharpest creases possible (crucial elements in the success of your project), you should fold against a hard, flat, stable surface. Avoid soft or cushioned surfaces like beds, pillows, or carpets. Use a hard floor, table, or hardback book instead. Also, keep a ruler or pencil on hand. You’ll find that running the edge of either of these objects (or something similar) over each crease as you work will give you even sharper creases.
Follow the directions carefully and only move on to the next step once you are sure that you have successfully completed the previous steps.
- Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, the color you want for the exterior of your tree should be face down.
- Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.
- Re-position the square so that its edges are now facing up and down, left and right.
- Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
- Grasp the edges of the resulting rectangle between thumb and forefinger and gently push inward. The model should collapse along pre-existing crease lines to form a multi-layered triangle.
- Bring the left point of the triangular-shaped model (both layers) over to meet the right point. Crease and leave folded.
- Set the model upright on its base and arrange the flaps to form the fir tree.