How to Make an Origami Pine Tree

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Paper crafts like origami and modern paper folding are a great craft to do with kids and a fun way to turn ordinary paper into works of art. This origami pine tree can be used for many projects, from scrap books and photo albums to Christmas decorations and ornaments. Use these simple and traditional paper pine trees as unique gift cards and tags or add some glitter and a piece of string to make homemade Christmas ornaments for your Christmas tree.

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Things you need

  • Origami paper
  • Printer paper
  • Card stock
  • Magazine pages
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or thread
  • Glitter
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Adjust your paper into a square. Printer and notebook paper will need to be cut down into a same-sided square. You can do this by folding diagonally into a triangle and cutting off the excess paper. Origami paper will already be pre-cut.

    How to Make an Origami Pine Tree
  2. 2

    Fold the left point in and down so that the top left square side lines up parallel to the centre crease. Do this with the right point as well. You will have what looks like an upside down kite. Turn the paper over.

    How to Make an Origami Pine Tree
  3. 3

    Fold the bottom two points up and in so that the bottom left and right square sides line up parallel to the centre crease. Turn the paper over once more.

    How to Make an Origami Pine Tree
  4. 4

    Fold the bottom point up, like a newspaper, to meet the top point. You will now have a two-layered triangle.

    How to Make an Origami Pine Tree
  5. 5

    Fold the top point, first layer only, three quarters of the way down, so that the bottom tail goes slightly past the bottom of the triangle.

    How to Make an Origami Pine Tree
  6. 6

    Fold the bottom tip up in half, so that it lines up with the bottom fold. This fold will create your tree stem.

    How to Make an Origami Pine Tree
  7. 7

    Crease all of your edges down as flat as possible and turn your paper over to reveal your traditional pine tree.

    How to Make an Origami Pine Tree

Tips and warnings

  • Use tape to secure the loose flaps on the bottom side of the tree.
  • Decorate with glitter and punch holes through the steps to create homemade ornaments at Christmas time.

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