Text-Only Instructions
Credits and Resources:
This is a traditional model.
Instructions with supporting pictures and/or illustrations can be found
here at
Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 9
Description: This is a flat, two-dimensional model which resembles a fir
tree with a narrow point at the top and widening on both sides into a
triangular shape towards the base of the model.
The trunk is represented by a small, flat folded rectangle with sloping
sides just visible at the bottom of the tree.
This is a great project for children to do at Christmas time or for
nature or Earth Day activities.
Fold trees from shiny white or green paper and decorate with markers,
sequence, glitter etc.
Trees can be colored in or decorated with tactile embellishments like
stars or fruit.
Models can be glued onto cards or hung as decorations around the house
or on the Christmas tree.
If preferred, use a dab of glue to secure the fold forming the trunk of
the tree.
For a hanging ornament that looks the same on both sides, fold two trees
and glue their backs together.
If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the side you want for
the outside of the tree is facing down before you start to fold.
"Step 1
Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface so that it
forms a diamond shape, with the points facing up and down, left and right.
Step 2
Bring the left point over to meet the right point to form a vertical
valley crease. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Fold the left and right  corners a little downwards and inwards toward
the center, aligning the edges with the vertical crease line you folded
in the previous step.
Crease well on both sides and leave folded.
You will  have a kite-shaped piece of paper, with the long, narrow,
folded part of the paper facing away from you and nearest you, the
unfolded point of the paper.
Step 4
Rotate your paper 180 degrees so that the single-layered, unfolded point
is now facing away from you.
Step 5
Repeat the fold from Step 3, once again folding the top left and right
corners inwards so the edges lie along the center vertical crease.
Crease well and leave folded.
You will have a long, skinny diamond shape now.
Step 6
Now fold the diamond in half by bringing the bottom point up to meet the
top point.
Crease well along the horizontal bottom edge.
The model will now be a tall triangle with a smooth surface.
Step 7
Make a fan fold by folding two-thirds of the top corner back down so
that the folded-down point extends past the base of the triangle beneath it.
Make a strong horizontal crease.
After this step you will have a large triangle pointing away from you
with a smaller triangle facing towards you. The small triangle will
cover the base or bottom edge of the large triangle.
The further down you pull the corner below the triangle, the longer your
trunk will be.
Step 8
To complete the trunk of the tree, fold the bottom point up to meet the
first horizontal crease you encounter.
Crease well and leave folded.
Step 9
Turn your model over to reveal your very own fir tree with the small
piece at the bottom representing the trunk and the tree itself, with the
shape of the branches jutting out towards the sides and narrowing
towards the top.
Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text
for non-commercial use only.
Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, August 2014
Revised: August 2022, with thankful acknowledgment to members of the NFB Krafter's Korner