Oh, how I enjoy crafting and sending Christmas cards! For this year’s card, I’m making origami wreaths. I like this particular card for three reasons:
1. It’s only paper, cotton thread, and a wee bit of school glue. That means the card is totally recyclable-compostable if the recipient doesn’t want to keep it. (Yup, I double-checked about recycling cards with little bits of glue on them.)
2. The wreath is hanging on the card. It’s an actual ornament that can be taken off the card and hung on a tree.
3. I can’t buy this card in a store. It’s handcrafted and unique.:-)
Supplies to make an origami wreath Christmas card:
- At least 4 squares of origami paper measuring 3 inches by 3 inches. (From Michaels.) I used 5 squares in these images so I could pop a little Christmassy red into my wreath.
- A white card, pre-scored. Mine is 5.5 inches by 4 inches after folding. (Again, Michaels.)
- White cotton thread. I had some on hand.
- School glue. I had this on hand, too.
I found the most excellent, easy-to-follow video on YouTube for making an origami wreath, and I linked the video below, but basically the steps are:
1. Cut each square in half to make 8 total rectangles. You can also make a wreath with 7 rectangles. It won’t be as symmetrical, but it will be rounder-looking.
2. Fold each rectangle in half lengthwise, fold the corners down to make pointy ends, fold the whole thing in half crosswise.
3. Poke the pointy ends of each piece into the selvage folds of another piece.
If you think the wreath will be handled and used as an ornament on a tree, you can put a teensy, tiny drop of glue on the pointy bits before inserting them into the selvage folds.
4. After you’ve put 7 or 8 pieces together, it makes a complete circle, a wreath! Hang it from a piece of thread looped through the middle, and glue the thread onto the front of the card with the smallest dab of glue.
The finished Christmas card:
Here’s the YouTube link to an easy-to-follow video on making an origami wreath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNgvZgTxG1o
Make this day even better! Consider:
- It’s Thanksgiving week in the US. One of the things our family does is go around the table and say something we’re thankful for. It works for the very young and the very old, the Christian and the agnostic, the close family member and the new guy from work. (Sometimes, there are tears. Happy tears.) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone!