Don’t let origami intimidate you. This easy origami Christmas tree project is one of our favorites and simple enough to get the kids involved. Get kids of all ages involved in this origami Christmas tree. After you are done, you can use your paper Christmas trees to decorate your Christmas table, on the mantle or add it to your Christmas card.

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Let’s Make Origami Christmas trees!

Christmas Tree Origami Step-by-Step Instructions

Folding origami is the craze at the moment! Origami is a magical craft that turns flat paper into something amazing like this Christmas tree craft. Make multiple origami Christmas trees in different sizes to display together. Not only do they make beautiful decorations, but they are also a great way to relax after a long day.

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Making these origami models of Christmas trees are so much fun and you only need a little bit of creativity and patience, and a sheet of square paper. You can use origami paper that you can buy in any craft store or simply use any green paper you have at hand. We just know you’re going to have a great time making this easy Christmas tree.

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Christmas Tree Origami Craft Supplies

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This is what you’ll need to make your Christmas tree origami.

Instructions to make a Christmas tree origami craft

Step 1

Christmas tree origami - step 1 - Kids Activities Blog - fold paper in half
Let’s get started!

Fold the piece of paper in half.

Step 2

Christmas tree origami - step 2 - Kids Activities Blog - open paper back up
Now let’s open…

Open then fold the other way in half.

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…and fold it the other way.

Step 3

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Look how easy it is to make a Christmas tree origami!

Flip over and fold diagonally. 

Step 4

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Open again!

Open and then fold opposing corners diagonally.

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And fold diagonally again.

Step 5

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We’re halfway there!

Bring corners together, letting sides fold inward at creases to form a square.

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It will look something like this.

Step 6

Step 6 - Origami Christmas tree fold from the edges to form a kite shape
Now it should look like a small kite.

Squash fold to form a kite from each of the four outside corners.

Step 7

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It looks like this but as you cut off the corners…

Cut off the bottom corners along the horizontal border of the kite, leaving a triangle shape.

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…it will start to look something like this.
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And after cutting all of the corners, it will look like this!

Step 8

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It’s starting to look like a tree!

Make four cuts along each side of the triangle, about two-thirds of the way towards the center for each cut.

Step 9

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Cut off the bottom part.

Fold the bottom corner of the outer edge of each cut to the inner end of the top of the cuts above to form the triangular tree ‘branch’.

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We’re almost done!
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Almost done!
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Now just repeat.

Step 10

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Your origami Christmas tree is almost done!

Repeat for each cut.

Step 11

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Just one more step and you’ll be done!

Now do the same for the remaining seven outside folds.

Step 12

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Your tree can stand on its own – so cool!

Fan out the eight folds evenly for a cute Christmas tree that will stand upright!

Finished Christmas Tree Origami

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You’re going to want to keep making these Christmas crafts!

And you’ve made it – your tree is all done! Now it’s time to customize it if you want to, or create more to make a forest. So beautiful!

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Our Experience with Making origami Christmas trees

This craft tutorial is awesome enough as it is; I don’t think you need to change anything. However, if you want to make it even more original or festive, Christmas themed wrapping paper works great too.

In fact, you can also try using larger paper for larger Christmas trees! Glue on sequins to make it even more vibrant.

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Christmas Tree Origami

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Make your own Christmas tree origami in 12 steps!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Green 6 inch square origami paper
  • Pair of scissors
  • Optional: glue on sequins for ornaments or glitter for tinsel

Instructions

  1. Fold piece of paper in half.
  2. Open then fold the other way in half.
  3. Flip over and fold diagonally. 
  4. Fold opposing corners diagonally.
  5. Bring corners together, letting sides fold inward at creases to form a square.
  6. Squash fold to form a kite from each of the four outside corners
  7. Cut off the bottom corners along the horizontal border of the kite, leaving a triangle shape.
  8. Make four cuts along each side of the triangle, about two-thirds of the way towards the center for each cut.
  9. Fold the bottom corner of the outer edge of each cut to the inner end of the top of the cuts above to form the triangular tree ‘branch’.
  10. Repeat for each cut.
  11. Now do the same for the remaining seven outside folds.
  12. Fan out the eight folds evenly for a cute Christmas tree that will stand upright!

Notes

Christmas themed wrapping paper works great too.

Try using larger paper for larger Christmas trees!

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