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Origami Christmas Tree Tea Light Holder by Sarah Jackman Read

The wonderful world of origami lends itself to so many crafting projects. It’s amazing how just one square of paper can be transformed into so many 3D works of art. This Christmas tree tea light holder is an ideal beginners project and will hopefully help you build in confidence. Once you take your first step into the art of folding, you won’t be able to stop!

  • Papercraft
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

Tools and materials required

  • 15cm square sheet of origami paper
  • LED tea light
  • Scissors
  • Gold mirri board
  • Small star die
  • Adhesive gems

Method

With the paper wrong side upwards fold in half. Turn then fold in half again so it’s folded into quarters then turn the paper over.

1

Fold the paper corner to corner then repeat with the other two corners. Turn the paper over.

2

Bring the diagonal folds together in the centre and the rest of the paper should naturally fall into a square with the right side on the outside.

3

Lay the square in a diamond shape so the open end is at the bottom. Lift up one of the folded flaps then flatten it out, creasing along the edges.

4

Bring the sides of the folded flap together in the centre and crease down the centre. Repeat with the other three flaps.

5

Trim the remaining triangles off the bottom then cut four lines evenly down each side.

6

Trim small triangles up to each cut line on both sides.

7

Open out the paper to create a tree, decorate then pop on top of a LED tea light.

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