Christmas Tree Origami

Let’s get into the origami spirit today! We have a super fun and easy origami Christmas tree that is simply perfect for the holiday season. This is part of our Christmas origami projects.

This is such an easy project for kids of all ages, including kids in kindergarten and older kids. Younger kids in preschool can make their own origami tree with some adult help too. After you are done, you can use your paper Christmas trees to decorate your Christmas table or add it to your Christmas card.

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Kids and adults will love making these Xmas trees!

Cute Christmas Tree Origami Step-by-Step Instructions

Origami figures are all the craze at the moment! Not only do they make beautiful decorations, but they are also a great way to relax after a long day. Especially during the Christmas season, which is a busy time for most of us.

Luckily, Christmas crafts are a fun way to keep both kids and adults occupied. 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. And before we forget – Merry Christmas!

Related: Origami Santa Craft

What I’d do differently

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

Christmas Tree Origami Craft Supplies

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

Instructions to make a Christmas tree origami craft

Step 1

Fold the piece of paper in half.

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Let’s get started!

Step 2

Open then fold the other way in half.

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Now let’s open…
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…and fold it the other way.

Step 3

Flip over and fold diagonally. 

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

Step 4

Open and then fold opposing corners diagonally.

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Open again!
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And fold diagonally again.

Step 5

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

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We’re halfway there!
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It will look something like this.

Step 6

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

Now it should look like a small kite.

Step 7

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

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

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

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It’s starting to look like a tree!
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Cut off the bottom part.

Step 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’.

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

Step 10

Repeat for each cut.

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Your origami Christmas tree is almost done!

Step 11

Now do the same for the remaining seven outside folds.

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Just one more step and you’ll be done!

Step 12

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

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Your tree can stand on its own – so cool!

Finished Christmas Tree Origami

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