Dear Santa…

Day 16: Origami wreath greeting card & ornament

At work we recently had a morale event where the team made large origami wreaths. Inspired by this activity, we decided to scale it down to fit a greeting card for Day 16. As a bonus, the wreath can be used as an ornament.

Cathie is much more talented than I when it comes to making handmade cards. You would think as a designer I could handle such a thing, but it’s just so much easier to order them! I definitely have something to learn from her on the art of card making.


It takes about one hour from start to finish to complete a single card.



Step 1:

To make the wreath, you will fold 8 pieces of decorative paper to make each point of the wreath.

Start by folding a piece length-wise, creating a crisp edge with the bone folder.

Step 1

Step 2:

With the creased side away to you, fold each corner toward the crease to make a trapezoid.

Step 2
Step 2

Step 3:

Fold in half, width-wise.

Step 3

Step 4:

Take two of the 8 pieces, which you will use to create the first chain in the wreath.

Face both pieces so that the tip of the pointed side is facing top left. Hold one piece in each hand. With the right piece, insert it into the short side of the left piece. There are two pockets, one for each point. Angle it down toward the point of the left piece. It will tuck in and feel connected.

Step 4
Step 4

Quick Recap:

Here is what each fold will look like for steps 1 to 4.


Step 5:

Repeat step 4 for all 8 pieces of the wreath until all the pieces connect to form the wreath.

Step 5

Step 6:

Punch a hole into the top of your wreath. Next attach the eyelet using your setter and hammer.

Step 6
Step 6

Step 7:

To fasten the wreath to the card with ribbon, we need to make two small holes. Measure approximately 1.5″ from the top and half the width. Make a small mark to use as a guide to punch holes on either side.

Step 7
Step 7
Step 7
Step 7

Step 8:

Thread the ribbon through each hole and then through the wreath.

Step 8
Step 8

Step 9:

Tie a small bow and trim off any excess ribbon.

Step 9

Step 10:

Next we will make the glitter word, joy. Unwind a small length of the glitter tape and insert it into the alphabet punch. Turn the punch upside down so you can see where to align the tape. The glitter side should be facing up (so if you are looking at the bottom of the punch, you would not see it). Punch out each letter.

Step 10

Step 11:

Remove the tape backing and apply each letter to the card. Align the word joy so it is centered with the wreath.

Step 11

Oh, joy! You just made an origami wreath greeting card!

Greeting card


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