How to Make Folded Paper (Kirigami) Christmas Trees

Kirigami paper Christmas trees are a quick and easy way to add a festive decor to your home.

A few weeks ago my mother-in-law, Lin, showed me how to make these really cool Kirigami (which, unlike Origami, includes cutting) paper trees. They're super easy, once you get the hang of them, and look really nice in bunches. Plus, you can get creative with the paper you use (Lin's incredible hand-marbled paper is a good place to start) for different effects. 

There are lots of tutorials on the web about how to make these, but they all seemed inadequate or poorly photographed, so I went ahead and did a details photo walk-through.

Click here to view the tutorial gallery, and get started.

And here are some more shots of my finished trees:

Use a simple, shiny paper for a nice effect.

Once you get quick at this, you'll have a forest in no time.

Patterns add a nice touch.

There's that awesome marbled paper.

Made this one out of an old contact strip I had lying around.

Click here to view the tutorial gallery

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DesigningMom on Dec 09, 2010:

Wow Bruno, these are so pretty. Thanks for taking the time to make such a great photographic tutorial too. I'll have to make some of these to give to my customers, when I'm finished with their sewing, to show I appreciate their business.

bruno on Dec 09, 2010:

Thanks! Here's that link: http://sweetfernhandmade.blogspot.com/2010/12/tutorial-christmas-forest.html


Kristina Strain on Dec 09, 2010:

Love this tutorial!  It'd be great done with recycled paper-- maybe old sheet music, even.  I'm really attracted to displays of little trees as part of Christmas decor.  There's an excellent tutorial on making fabric trees here: <a href="http://sweetfernhandmade.blogspot.com/2010/12/tutorial-christmas-forest.html">http://sweetfernhandmade.blogspot.com/2010/12/tutorial-christmas-forest.html</a>

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