I Just love winter and the holidays in this season. Every year I want to make my own decorations and make the house all festive and lovely.
This year I started earlier, and already have my Christmas wreath on the door and some other origami Christmas decorations that I will soon make photos of and share them with you.
For a while now, I kept on seeing those beautiful paper leaves on Instagram, folded by different people. So I decided to use them and 2 other models as well to create my origami wreath.
I also thought of using some red and white beads, but after all I just abandoned the idea.
Instead I used some cute small origami decorations to give them more dimension and something more interesting to look at.
In the photo above you can see the three leaves models that I chose to fold and use.
As of paper I went with the Rainbow Colors Origami Paper by Tuttle Publishing and “Spring” Folding Sheets by Crelando.
The size of the paper that I started with is 7.5 cm on 7.5 cm and the final result is about 7 cm from left to right
The only leaf that has a different starting paper is the “paper leaves” model and that is a 4 cm by 15 cm, and the end result is about 5 cm tall by 4 cm wide.
So below are the names and the tutorials for the leaves I folded.
Because I wanted some diversity in the colors, I used six shades of greens, a yellow shade all of those being the Tuttle papers and a patterned green that is the paper from Crelando.
I think they all work amazing together and give some dimension to the origami Christmas wreath.
Check out the colors in the picture below.
You can see that the Tuttle ones have different colors on the back, as the pack is double sided.
So, after I folded lots and lots of origami leaves, I had two options on making my wreath. I could either make a simple one, just put the leaves on a string circle or braid them and get some dimension out of it.
After making a demo, just putting the leaves next to the string circle, I saw that I have enough to try both of my ideas, so I went for it.
I start with the simple one, because, well, it’s the easiest and I just fell in love with how it looked.
I didn’t know how to use all types of leaves, so I end up using only one. But I still think it looks marvelous.
Then I decided to try the braid idea. Well, it was easier in my head than in reality. I was not able to brad the pieces of string, no matter how much I tried, so I just gave up on that idea.
Whit the rest of the leaves I decided to make some mini wreaths that I will hang out in the window. So I end up doing that. They are not a full circle, and have a tiny ornament in the center, kinda.
See below the details about the ornaments.
Model: Modular icosahedrons
Designed: by Tomoko Fuse
Diagram: Unit Origami Essence
Modules: 6 pieces of square paper
Paper: I don’t remember the initial size, wrapping paper
Final dimension: approximately 5 cm
So this is my Origami Christmas wreath. The big one is on my door already.
I hope I will hang the small one on my window as soon as possible. I am keep on postpone it because I have to clean the windows first, and I’m lazy about it.
But because I still want a version with more dimension, I’m trying another idea and that is to make small bunches of leaves and wire them on a wire circle. I haven’t finish it so I have no photos of it yet.
If you want to see more Christmas origami models, please check out those other articles that I have on the same subject.