An Easy Traditional Origami Christmas Tree

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“I never thought it was such a bad little tree.  It’s not bad at all, really.  Maybe it just needs a little love.”

-Linus Van Pelt, A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Traditional Origami Paper Christmas Tree

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and in the meantime, Christmas has been getting closer. Hopefully, you have gotten your Christmas shopping done (Check out my Origami Christmas Gift Suggestions here)! It’s exactly seven days to go until The Big Day, so it’s probably time to post something festive – the traditional origami Christmas Tree!

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I love this quick fold Christmas Tree.  It is a simple, traditional design that’s easy for anyone to make, including children.  In addition, it would make a good activity to entertain the kids for a few minutes after Christmas Dinner! Find more origami ideas for kids here.

Folding the Paper Christmas Tree

Any paper will do. I’ve used ordinary kami or origami paper for this one. My favourite origami paper is made by Folded Square. A lot of origami paper is pretty terrible quality and the colour is painted on and comes off easily. The Folded Square paper has slightly higher quality feel to it than a lot of origami paper.  Plus, I’ve found it retains it’s colour a little better. Check prices and availability here.

The paper doesn’t have to be coloured on both sides, but as you can see in the picture, a different colour on the back gives a nice effect with the colour of the tree trunk. A 15cm (6in) square will create a tree that is about 13cm (5.1in) tall and 9cm (3.5in) wide.

As you can probably guess from comparing the size of the model to the original sheet of paper, there aren’t a lot of folds in this one! You can fold this origami Christmas tree in about 5 minutes.

Origami Tree Instructions

I have made a video tutorial to show how you can fold this easy Origami Christmas tree step by step.  If you prefer to fold by following the diagrams, this model is included in my book Origami Made Simple.  For other origami tutorial videos I’ve made, please take a look at my Origami Expressions YouTube channel.

Another Origami Christmas Tree

While this is the traditional origami Christmas tree, there are other models that you might prefer.  If you would like to fold a 3D origami Christmas tree, check out this one from Jo Nakashima.

Good luck folding it, and Merry Christmas!

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I’d love to hear your views on this easy traditional Origami Christmas tree model. Also, you may want to try to fold some Origami Baubles or an Origami Santa.  Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below, or you find can me on Instagram or Twitter. Check out my Pinterest boards too!


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About the Author


Russell has been folding origami since he was 8 years old and has recently written the book, Origami Made Simple. He is on the Council for the British Origami Society and a member of OrigamiUSA. When he is not folding, he enjoys photography and traveling.

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