Text-Only Instructions
Credits and Resources:
This traditional model is created by folding one of the well-known
origami bases, the Waterbomb or Balloon Base.
For text-only instructions on various other methods to fold this model
or base, go to
Bases Used in Origami
Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 8
Description: This is a three-dimensional model which resembles a fir
tree with a narrow point at the top and four branches, widening towards
the base of the model.
This is a great project for children and a holiday decoration that many
adults might still remember from their childhood days.
Fold trees from shiny white or green paper and decorate with markers,
sequence, glitter etc.
Models can be placed on flat surfaces or hung around the house or on the
Christmas tree.
Use a large tree as a centerpiece or smaller ones as place cards on a table.
If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the side you want for
the outside
of the tree is facing up before you start to fold.
"Step 1
Place a square of paper on your work surface and position it so that the
edges are facing up and down, left and right.
Step 2
Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Turn the square over and position it so that its points are facing up
and down, left and right.
Step 5
Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
Step 6
Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
Step 7
Grasp the left and right points of the resulting triangle and push
inward. The model should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The
result will be another triangle shape that has one folded flap sticking
out from the back of the model and another sticking out from the front.
Step 8
Place your fir tree down on a flat surface and arrange its flaps to face
in four different directions or hang around the house or on your
Christmas tree.
Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, August 2014