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Get Your "Tree" On! Holiday Tutorial

Create a forest of trees for Christmas this year! • Posted by Lanie V.

Modular Origami with a few glue dots to hold each layer in place. Enjoy.

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Modular Origami with a few glue dots to hold each layer in place. Enjoy.


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    I used sheet music the first time I made this; however for the tutorial, I will use a few solid colored pieces of paper so it will be easier to follow. You will need 5 sheets of paper in total. (a)20cm x 20cm, (b), 15cm x 15cm, (c)8.5cm x 8.5cm, (d)8.5 cm x 8.5cm, (e)for the trunk 15cm x 15 cm

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    Let's make the trunk of the tree first. I'm using my dark green sheet of paper which is 15cm x 15cm.

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    Fold in Half. Make sure that the colored side is facing out...then unfold.

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    Now fold in half the other way...then unfold. Turn the paper over now so that the green square is facing up.

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    Now...fold corner to corner, shown here. :) Now turn over so that the white side is face up.

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    Place your finger over the center of the square, shown here, and simply press down. This will allow the corners of your square to "pop" up.

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    Now Grasp two corner together as shown....

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    As you are holding those two corners in place, gently bring up the other two corners, so that all 4 corners are brought together as shown. Lay project flat on your desk. You should have a flat small square.

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    Now raise one of the flaps, stick your finger inside which will create this cone effect. :) why does this sound bad? LoL...

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    Then simply squash it flat, shown here. Make sure it's centered nicely. Repeat step 9 and 10 on the remaining 3 sides.

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    This is what you should have now. :)

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    Turn the front flap, and back flap over shown here...

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    Now, take that front flap....

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    ...and tuck it this. Repeat this step for the back flap as well. :)

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    This is the top view of what you should have so far. Now, simply tuck in the side flaps....

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    ...Just one more flap to tuck in, and then we will be done with the trunk!

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    All tucked in...good job!

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    Congrats! Here is your trunk. Now simply add a glue dot to the front and back, and set aside. View step 19.

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    There's the placement of the glue dot. Add one to the back, and set aside. Now...lets start with the bottom layer of the tree!

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    Start with your 20cm x 20cm size sheet...I'm using light green copy paper. It's green on BOTH sides...

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    Fold in half, then unfold.

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    Fold in half the other way, then unfold. Turn paper over...

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    Fold corner to corner...just like we did with the trunk. Flip sheet over...

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    Place finger in the middle of the sheet, and press down to "pop" up the corners.

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    Grasp two of the corners....

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    Bring up all four corners together. :)

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    This is what you should have now...Place on your desk flat.

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    Bring one flap up to the top point of the module, press flat.

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    This is what you should have so far. Do not unfold this crease.

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    Fold flap over, and repeat steps 28 and 29 on the remaining three sides. :)

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    This is what you should have now.

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    Start bringing the tip down.

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    It's very important to place your fingers the way I've got mine.

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    You want to create this "M" shape between the flaps.

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    Then sandwich that "M" shape between the two flaps like this. Press firmly. :)

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    This is what it should look like. Repeat steps 32 to 35 on the remaining three sides.

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    Aerial of all the sides completed for this module. Now lets place it on the trunk! :)

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    Insert the bottom of the trunk into the tree. Careful of the glue dots. When it's where you want it, make contact with the glue dots.

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    I used a deeper green to show the next layer of the tree. This one is the 15cm x 15cm sheet of paper, repeat the EXACT same steps (steps 20-37) for this layer. Make sure you add a couple of glue dots to the bottom layer first, and then position the next layer on top of it. Now lets go to the small top layer.

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    Here's the top layer. Use the 8.5cm x 8.5 cm paper for this. EXACT same steps. Just follow steps 20-37 Again. Now for the tippy top!

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    Use the other 8.5 cm x 8.5 cm piece to make the tippy top. Follow the TRUNK instructions, steps 3-12 to create this piece. Make sure there are a couple of glue dots on the small layer before placing the tippy top on! Voila!

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    You have done it! Congrats! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! Lanie. :)