Guest Post - DIY Origami Trees Gift Tags



I got the idea for these cute little trees when I was browsing Pinterest and saw these wonderful ornaments from Gunny Sack Race on one of Discover Paper's boards.  Not only did I think they were beautiful, but I liked the idea of incorporating them somehow into my Christmas Cards (I've been making my own Christmas cards for the past 10 years and I'm always looking for something that's different, but also lends itself to a bulk production!).

Once I made my Christmas cards, I realized that I had an abundance of little trees left over (I always seem to miscalculate my numbers!), so I thought they would be extra-cute as gift tags!

This is a relatively easy DIY to accomplish, however, I will say that there's a learning curve with where to put the folds to get an aligned tree, so I suggest practicing on some scraps of paper first to get the hang of it ;-)

Ready?  Ok, here we go!


THE SUPPLIES:

• pretty paper (I used double-side scrapbook paper)
• scissors
• 2-½" circle template or punch
• blank gift tags (I used scraps of stock & made my own** - I'm a "Type A"!)
• adhesive



THE HOW-TO:

1) Punch/cut out your circles with the circle template/punch, then cut them in half (I found that folding them in half, then cutting them along the crease gave me the most accurate finish)






2) With the straight edge of the half-circle on the left, make the first fold from RIGHT to LEFT (use the white dotted line #1 as a guide - this will take the most of your time figuring out the best place to make this fold!)






3) With the first fold completed (see the black solid line #1 as a guide), make the second fold from LEFT to RIGHT (use the white dotted line #2 as a guide - use the tip of the first fold as your anchor & crease so that there's a slight overhang on the left).







4) With the second fold completed (see the black solid line #2 as a guide), make the third & final fold from RIGHT to LEFT (use the white dotted line #3 as a guide - as in the with the second fold, use the tip of the first 2 folds as your anchor & crease so that there's a slight overhang on the right).





5) Once you're sure of your folds, flatten the creases with a bone folder or ruler, leaving a lovely natural 3D & formed feel.

6) When you've finished creating your trees, you can then attach them to your tags with the adhesive & voila!  cute little handmade gift tags that will dress up any gift you may give this year ;-)

Happy Handmaking!

**I cut up scraps of cardstock that I already had, punched a hole in the top & threaded them with kitchen twine, baker's twine & ribbon to coordinate with my handmade gift bags & boxes.


Geri Jewitt is a designer gone rogue from Corporate who now owns The Languid Lion, creating handmade & eco-friendly stationery, decorations & illustrated art prints for those of us who celebrates love & the art of handmade.  She is also the editor of The Lion's Den, a blog where she writes about love, life & handmade.
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