S: Origami Christmas
BC: Sources: http://www.origami-resource-center.com/christmas.html http://www.metteunits.com/ Ring1Diagram.htm
FC: Christmas | 2011
1: A Christmas To Remember...
2: [Photo by F Mancini].
3: The tradition of decorating Christmas trees with origami models was initiated by Alice Gray. In the early 1960's, she used paper insects to decorate Christmas trees at home and at the Entomology Department at the Museum. The Museum Directors enjoyed the idea so much that they asked Alice to decorate a larger Christmas tree for display in the vestibule of the Museum: The tree was 25 feet tall. Alice recruited the help of friends, family and origami enthusiasts and managed to decorate the tree to everyone's delight. Since that time, the idea of using origami models to decorate Christmas trees has spread worldwide and has become an annual event in the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
4: How to Decorate an Origami Christmas Tree | One Model: Some people like to decorate the entire tree with the same model over and over again. One common model is the paper crane. This may be because the paper crane is an elegant model familiar to many people. Perhaps it is because the paper crane is a symbol of peace: what better way to express "peace on Earth, good will toward men". In December 2001, the American Museum of Natural History in New York decorated their Christmas tree with 3700 Paper Cranes.
7: Different Models: Some people like to decorate their tree with different models. How fun to have a tree covered with your personal-favorite origami models. You can encourage children to fold a variety of different models and allow them to trim the tree themselves. Paper ornaments won't break and it will make the tree memorable since they made the decorations themselves. In December 2001, the Guinness Book of Records recognized the largest Origami Christmas Tree in Holland. This tree was 18 m tall (almost 60 feet) and was decorated with 10,000 origami models.
9: How to create this origami
10: 1.- Begin white side up. Valley fold and unfold in half in both directions. | instructions | 2.- Valley fold down the top two corners to the center. | 3.- Valley fold and unfold the bottom rectangle in half. | 4.- Mountain fold the triangle behind.
11: 5.- Valley fold the top half of the rectangle in half, letting the triangle behind flip up. | 6.- Valley fold the bottom white rectangle up on the existing crease. | 7.- Turn the paper over left to right. | 8.- Valley fold the white triangles down and tuck under the layers. | 9.- Mountain fold the unit in half. | The completed unit! You will need 18 units.
12: How to connect ring | 1.- Align two units as shown below: | 2.- Insert one tab on the gray unit into the pocket on each side of the purple unit.
13: 3.- Two connected units. Keep adding units to the right unit in the same manner.