How to make origami crosses

Written by brenda priddy
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Origami is the art of folding paper to make shapes. One simple origami shape is the cross shape. The cross shape is typically known as a Christian symbol, because of the death of Jesus on the cross. This origami project is an ideal craft for Sunday school, vacation Bible school or other Christian events where a craft is needed. Children five years of age and older should be able to manage this craft with little problems. Make crosses from different colours of paper for a colourful display in windows or on a notice board.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape

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  1. 1

    Cut a strip of paper about two inches wide and 30 inches long.

  2. 2

    Fold the top of the strip down one third diagonally to the left, so that the strip makes an upside down "L" shape. Fold the strip around the middle three times.

  3. 3

    Divide the top cross in thirds, then fold two thirds to the right, leaving one third on the right side. Repeat for the right side, making a "T" shape with equal sides.

  4. 4

    Fold the top cross pieces down one time. Pull the long end of the cross up through the hole fold in the centre of the "T" shape. Leave about 2 or inches at the top of the cross shape and pull the rest back down through the fold.

  5. 5

    Fold the long bottom cross piece up behind the cross shape and tuck it into the fold behind the cross. Tape the folds in place if necessary to prevent the cross from coming undone.

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