Holiday and Winter Origami


We started having fun folding paper when my oldest child was about 6 years old and we’ve been finding ways to incorporate it into our lives ever since. One year we added origami presents and cranes to a Christmas tree, another we offered a bunch of holiday related folding projects for a craft program to those who wanted something different to do.  

Here are some of the other ways we have used the paper folding projects…

  • In a diorama.
  • To make a holiday scene.
  • Hang them on the tree.
  • Decorate a present.
  • Decorate the house.
Tip: Any sized paper can be used to make the projects, but make sure the paper you use is even on all sides, crooked paper will not give good results.
Note: Copy paper can be decorated with markers, stamps and crayons, wrapping paper can be used, as can pages from magazines and newspapers. Origami paper can be found in craft and retail stores and on line in a variety of designs and sizes. Origami Way offers a printable origami paper that can be *downloaded from the site. 
*Please use caution when downloading off the Internet.

I hope you find the following paper folding projects as enjoyable as we do. Unless otherwise noted, all the projects below offer illustrated instructions. Videos are also offered below.

Tree Forest by Fran W

Origami for Winter

Pine Tree

Snowman with Santa Hat
Origami for Christmas
Wreaths and Garland
Site offer a variety of wreaths and garlands all with illustrated instructions.
Gift Bow
Turn a origami balloon into a present by stamping or coloring the paper before folding, and adding a ribbon around it after it has been blown up.


Santa Hat

Santa in his Sleigh

Video instructions offered.
Reindeer Head

Reindeer Full Body
Christmas Tree – Easy
Christmas Tree – Variety
There are a variety of Christmas trees available to choose from.
Candy Cane
Illustrated instruction for a dove made from a 8″ round doillie.

Origami for Hanukkah
Star of David
Origami for Kwanzaa

Sweet Corn

Choose to view instructions as a diagram or as an animation.

Weaved Place Mat

Not origami, but it is a paper craft.

Drinking Cup

Use crayons or markers to color flag as desired.
Origami for All Holidays
Origami Gift Box
Origami Star Box
Holiday Origami Videos

Holiday Curriculum Connection
Origami has a lot of natural benefits and fits nicely into any holiday curriculum. Origami can be recorded under math and offers people of any age an opportunity to learn how geometric shapes and angles work, while it helps to build self confidence, spacial awareness and hand-eye coordination skills. Origami requires patience and helps the learner to focus while they are creating their pieces. Plus it’s a great way to relax once you get the hang of how to make each project.
Other benefits: Following instructions, creativity, cultural awareness, is therapeutic, decreases anxiety levels, is really fun to do and many more positive things.
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