Origami for the Holidays

Origami has evolved in to a modern art form. The goal of this traditional Japanese art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques.

The only supply you need for your first origami project is a square piece of paper.

Start with these projects that customers made at a recent library program:

Check out origami books from the library’s collection for more ideas. Browse at call number 736.982 in the adult non-fiction or Kids Library, or request them at http://catalog.tscpl.org.

  • Making origami Christmas decorations: step by step by Michael G. Lafosse
  • Origami for Christmas by Chiyo Araki
  • Origami holiday decorations: for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa by Florence Temko
  • Origami ornaments: the ultimate kusudama book by Lew Rozelle
  • Minigami: mini origami projects for cards, gifts and decorations by Gay Merrill Gross
  • Paper creations, cards and gifts by Steve Biddle

Make your own Origami Gift Card holder

Use any kind of paper, including scrapbook paper, magazine pages or origami paper.
For a gift card holder, use a 9” square. Print instructions for the origami gift card holder (2 page PDF).

Step 1

Place the paper with the design side down. Fold the sheet in half and open it back up.

Step 2

Fold the left and right edges inward to meet the vertical fold in the center.

Step 3

Open the paper again. Fold each corner in diagonally, to align with the nearest crease.

Step 4

Close the left and right flaps to the center.

Step 5

Turn the paper over. Fold the top down so that the diagonal edges come to a point exactly at the crease.

Step 6

Fold the bottom up in the same way. Where the two diagonal flaps overlap, tuck the edges together.

Step 7

Insert a card to make sure it fits, then fold the case in half. NOTE: card is inserted to vertically, into the left pocket created by the two diagonal folds, not into the fold you made in Step 6.

Step 8

Fold and go! Or, decorate the gift card case with tape, ribbon, stickers or stamps!

Step 3


Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.