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Budget Crafts – Origami & Kirigami Christmas Ornaments

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson

 

Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, can be inexpensive for Christmas tree ornaments or for year-round gift decorating. This creation of intricate designs and figures with a piece of folded paper is fascinating.

Kirigami is a variation of origami where the artist is allowed to make small cuts in the paper (from the Japanese words "kiru" = to cut, and "kami" = paper). This cutting enables the artist to enhance the visual presentation of the artwork, at the expense of simplicity. In origami, papercutting is frowned upon by the majority of modern folders, as techniques have advanced enough to make cutting unnecessary for a skilled folder. However, for the unskilled folder, it permits for many complicated designs to be made more easily.

Save money by making origami or kirigami items for Christmas gift decorating or year-round ornamentation on gifts. Creativity and frugality are easy with a few paper folds. | Photo credit: Vaguely Artistic, Flickr.com; Creative Commons | Click here for folding instructions to make the cool origami dollar bill T-shirt in the graphic above

 

Save money by making origami or kirigami items for Christmas gift decorating or year-round ornamentation on gifts. Creativity and frugality are easy with a few paper folds. | Photo credit: Vaguely Artistic, Flickr.com; Creative Commons

Origami and kirigami are terrific, low-cost creative arts and crafts activities for homeschoolers, Girl or Boy Scouts, Sunday School classes, day care kids, or other youth groups, in addition to senior retirement groups and your own children or grandchildren. Even very young children, with some assistance, can tackle simpler origami projects.

You can invest in authentic origami paper for top-notch ornaments or you can use recycled scraps you have laying about the house for thriftier projects. Get creative. It's your call on how much you want to invest in materials for your origami/kirigami Christmas ornaments.

We have five cool origami/kirigami video demonstrations embedded below, showing different projects at different skill levels. Directly below are brief descriptions and difficulty levels of the video demos (scroll down past the descriptions for the videos).

 

 

Video capture of completed kirigami Christmas wreath

Video capture of completed kirigami Christmas wreath

 

Video capture of completed origami retro-inspired Christmas ornaments... inexpensive and easy to make

Video capture of completed origami retro-inspired Christmas ornaments... inexpensive and easy to make

 

 

How to Make a 3-D Origami Christmas Star

Running time: 9:40

How to Make a Kirigami Christmas Wreath

Running time: 3:53

How to Make Origami Butterfly Ornaments

Running time: 4:43

How to Make Retro-Inspired Paper Christmas Ornaments

Running time: 7:03

How to Make 3-D Christmas Star Ornament with Recycled Materials

Running time: 2:04

 

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