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Make This: Easy DIY Origami Wall Art in Under 30 Minutes!

Make this: Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

While I’m a firm believer that everyone is creative, I understand that many people aren't comfortable with the idea of painting or drawing their own wall art. Heck, I’ve worked with paint all my life and sometimes I still don’t feel completely at ease with a paintbrush in hand!

Make this: Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

The wonderful thing about art is that you can make it out of pretty much anything. So if you're looking for a way to decorate your walls, instead of going down the traditional painterly route, why not think outside the box and craft your way to beautiful art instead? All you need are some pieces of paper and a spare half hour… it’s easy, I promise! 

Make this: Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

Materials

  • Green origami paper (or any green-coloured paper cut into small squares)
  • A small piece of light yellow paper 
  • A small piece of dark yellow paper
  • A large sheet of bright pink cardboard
  • A picture frame (shadow boxes are great for this project)
  • Craft glue
  • Craft knife or scissors

Materials - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

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Trim a large sheet of pink cardboard so that it fits nicely in your frame.

Step 1 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

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Take one of your green paper squares and fold it into an origami double-pyramid by following these steps:

a) Fold your square of origami paper in half and then unfold it.

Step 2 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

b) Fold 2 opposite edges of your square inward so they meet in the middle. You will now have a long rectangle.

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Step 2 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

Step 2 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!
 c) Fold your long rectangle in half and then unfold it.

Step 2 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

d) Fold the 4 corners of your long rectangle diagonally across so that they meet the middle line, then unfold them.

Step 2 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

Step 2 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

Once you've folded and unfolded all 4 corners, you should have a set of diagonal lines marked on your rectangle.

Step 2 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!
e) Using your diagonal lines as a guide, fold a small triangle inwards at the top left-hand corner.

Step 2 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!
f) Pinch the top middle of your rectangle so that it points towards you. Then tuck the pinched section under the small triangle you folded earlier. This will create a pyramid.

Step 2 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

Step 2 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

Step 2 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!
g) Turn your rectangle around and repeat the pyramid fold on the other side so that the rectangle becomes 2 pyramids.

Step 2 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

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Repeat Step 2 to construct more double-pyramids so that you have roughly 20 in total.

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Begin gluing the pyramids to your large sheet of cardboard to form a cactus. 

Step 4 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

Start by gluing 3 together to form a hexagon. Then continue sticking double-pyramids underneath the hexagon, 2 at a time, until you have a column. This will be the middle section of your cactus.

Step 4 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

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Once your main column is stuck down, glue double-pyramids to either side of it to create ‘arms’ for your cactus. I added 2 arms at differing heights.

Step 5 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

Step 5 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

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Cut a rectangle from of a piece of dark yellow paper and a trapezium from a piece of light yellow paper. These 2 pieces of paper will become the pot for your cactus.

Step 6 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

Trim a small triangle from the dark yellow piece of paper so it fits around the base of your origami cactus. 

Step 6 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

Then stick both in place with glue. 

Step 6 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

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Once your pyramids and plant pot are all in position and the glue has dried, insert your finished art into a picture frame and then sit back and admire your handiwork! 

Step 7 - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

Make this - Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

If cactii aren't your thing, why not try creating an origami artwork without a specific shape? You could stick different coloured pyramids together until you have an abstract formation that looks nice and fills your frame. Or you can get creative and make something entirely different, like a pineapple or rainbow instead! 

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