It's not too soon to think Christmas if you want time to make your own ornaments. You need time to check out all the ideas, decide which you want to try and then gather your supplies!
All you need to make a basic origami Christmas ornament is a sheet of paper and some embellishments - whatever you have or whatever takes your fancy! I used embroidery threads, yarn, an old tassel, beads, a gold pen, colouring pens & mini pom poms, I'll explain each one as we go along.
First you need to make your basic diamond shaped (octahedron - that's an 8 sided shape to you and me!) origami. I'm not going to show you step by step here, I used this brilliant You Tube video from Jeremy Shafer. There is no point me showing you how to make them when Jeremy's video is SO good.
Go and watch the video and make a few practice ones from scrap paper, the pages of old magazines are good, then come back when you are an octahedron making expert! It's not a difficult shape to make so once you have made 3 or 4 you will be able to make them without instructions.
Now you are ready for the real thing, let's start with these white, gold and pastel geometric ornaments.
To make one you will need:
- A sheet of white paper (mine was 120gsm which is quite thick for origami but worked great)
- A gold pen (mine was a Pilot Gold Paint Marker)
- Colouring pens/felt tip pens
- Embroidery thread
- Scrap card
- A kebab skewer
- A needle
- Sticky tape
- Beads (optional)
Trim the paper to a 8" (20cm) square and make it into a diamond/octohedron origami shape as you have just learnt. From a 8" square it will turn out approx 3" (8cm) x 2.25" (6cm).
Using a gold pen draw a line on all the edges of your origami shape. Make them as thick or thin as you like, just make sure you don't smudge the lines you have drawn as the gold paint pen takes a few minutes to dry.
Colour in a few sides to your shape, as many as you like, whatever colours you like.
Now you need to make a tassel.
- Take a piece of scrap card and lay a 28" (70cm) length of thread across it
- Wrap thread round the card about 16 times
- Tie the first length of thread in a double knot at the top
- Slide off the card, lay on another length of thread and tie in a knot
- Wrap round a few times and tie again. Then to lose the ends, thread them onto a needle and poke them inside the tassel as in the photo
- Trim the end and you are finished
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I'm looking forward to seeing At Home with Jemma's ornament tomorrow.