Make your own tiny tinsel-free tree

The Ordinary Lovely: Origami Christmas tree

I think that this might be the last of my Christmas crafts posts for this year. It's a cute one and one that I stumbled upon quite by accident, and one that you can make in about fifteen minutes with just paper, needle and thread, and very little fuss. It's my tiny tinsel-free tree. And you can choose to either stand it up or hang it from somewhere, even on a real tree, if you fancy. It's quite the versatile little thing.

It came about when I was making the diamond pendants for last month's Rose & Grey styling challenge as when I stacked up all the individual parts ready to glue them together, they looked like a Christmas tree. A little bit of tweaking of the sizes and alternating the final formation, and this tiny tree was born.

To make the half-diamonds, this is the best tutorial that I've come across. I can't simplify it any further. It's really easy to follow and the photographs of each stage are a huge help. Take your time with the folding and the get the creases right, and you'll be more than fine.

My tiny tinsel-free tree stands at 23cm high and to make one, you will need to fold nine squares of paper in to half-diamonds. The sizes that I used are: 21cm, 20cm, 19cm, 17cm, 15cm, 13cm, 11cm, 9cm and 7cm.

The Ordinary Lovely: Origami Christmas tree

And this is what they look like one on top of each other in size order. Cute, right?

The Ordinary Lovely: Origami Christmas tree

You then need to measure your tree and cut your thread to a length approximately two and half times the size of your tree. My tree was 23cm high so the piece of thread that I used was 57.5cm. Fold your thread in half and  push the closed end through the eye of the needle.

The Ordinary Lovely: Origami Christmas tree

Then, push the needle and thread through the centre of each half-diamond ...

The Ordinary Lovely: Origami Christmas tree

... and tie a knot in the bottom of the thread to secure it.

The Ordinary Lovely: Origami Christmas tree

Unthread the needle, and there you have it. Your very own tiny tinsel-free tree. You could even add a little star or angel to the top if you're feeling particularly crafty. I matched the colour of the paper that I used to my Christmas decorations. I think I might make a metallic one next!

The Ordinary Lovely: Origami Christmas tree
The Ordinary Lovely: Origami Christmas tree
The Ordinary Lovely: Origami Christmas tree