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Origami Wreaths for all Occasions

teacher avatar Kathy Johnson, Artist/Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. What kind of papers can I use?

    • 4. Folding the modules

    • 5. Assemble the wreath

    • 6. Display ideas

    • 7. Thank You!

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About This Class

Origami is the art of Japanese paper folding. In this class, you’ll learn how to fold squares of paper to make a 16-point origami wreath, find out what types of paper are best to use, what size squares of paper you’ll need to make different size wreaths, and a few fun and different ways you can use your wreath for decorating.

No previous origami experience is needed. I’ll walk you step by step through each of the folds. I’ve also included a diagram sheet that shows each of the steps in the folding process that you can print out and use as a guide for future reference.

We’ll be using the modular origami method of folding. This is a process that uses multiple sheets of paper to create identical individual units that are then assembled into one finished piece. Easy and fun, this wreath project is a good introduction to origami.

Print the "wreath paper" PDFs in the resources section and you can make a wreath from the papers that I’ve painted for you. I’ll be showing lots of other options for papers that can be used too. It’s also a great project if you’d like to repurpose papers you may already have on hand like sheet music, maps, or brown paper bags.

Join me in class and let's get folding!

You’ll enjoy this class if you:

- like to decorate for different holidays and occasions

- like creating handmade decorations and gifts

- have an interest in origami

- like to try new techniques

- like crafts and creating DYI projects

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Kathy Johnson



I'm Kathy, an artist, and teacher living my best creative life in coastal southeastern Connecticut. I have a passion for plants and gardening, paper, rusty metal, creating a second life for all kinds of items by repurposing them into my art, and crunchy peanut butter (only the natural kind will do!). 

As a teacher, it gives me great joy to share ideas and information that may help guide you to follow your own artistic voice and make amazing art that inspires you. I hope you will always allow yourself the gift of time for creative play.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your class projects so please take a photo of what you've made and share it in the projects section of this class. I love seeing what you do and it could be just the spark of inspir... See full profile

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1. Introduction : Hi. Welcome to my skill share class. I'm Kathy Johnson, a collage Nico print artist from Southeastern Connecticut, as a collage artist. It's not an exaggeration to say I'm just a bit crazy about paper, and I also love exploring many different ways that you can use paper. I discovered origami in the library many years ago when I came across a book on this subject, and I've been hooked ever since. Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper In this class, I'll show you how you can take squares of paper and turn them into 16 point origami wreaths like these. No previous origami experiences needed. I'll be walking you through each of the bold step by step. I've also included a diagram sheet that showed you each step of the folding process that you can print out and uses a guy now or for future reference. If you like the colors I've used in this reef, I provided the PDS in the resource is section that you can print out and use or choose one of the other papers I describe in the third video and use any color that you like and make it suitable for the occasion or a holiday that you'd like to decorate for, we'll be using the modular origami method of folding. This is a process of using multiple sheets of paper to create identical individual units that are then assembled into one finished piece. Easy and fun. This reef project is a good introduction to origami. The project for this class is to make an origami reason any size and color you choose using the folding techniques have demonstrated in this class. So come join me in the next video, and I'll go over the very short list of supplies that you'll need, and then we can get folding. 2. Supplies: the supplies you'll need to make this wreath are 16 pieces of paper cut into squares to figure out what size squares you should use. Take a look at thesis apply list paper and size guide in the resource is section at the bottom. Here I have a chart that shows you the approximate size read that you can get from a variety of square sizes. If you're gonna hang your wreath, you'll need a piece of ribbon or according or string, and you can just choose whatever color that you like that coordinates with the recent you'll be making. And lastly, you need just a little bit of glue. I'm using Elmer's glue here, but any glue that works with papers find a small brush or a toothpick to apply the glue. 3. What kind of papers can I use?: there are a large variety of papers that you could use to make your read. The most important thing to consider when choosing your paper is the weight you want, something that is relatively lightweight, like regular copy paper or drawing paper card stock is too heavy, and it will make the folds more difficult to make. If you like the colors I've used for this green and blue reef, you confined copies of these papers that I painted in. The resource is section. Print out four of each one and then cut them to seven and 1/4 in squares. This will make a wreath that's approximately 13 and 3/4 inches in diameter. You could also paint your own papers using some drawing paper and your favorite paints like I did with ease. Scrapbook paper is a great choice because you can find it in a variety of pre cut square sizes. It also has so many different colors and patterns to choose from. Many are seasonal colors or designed for specific holidays. Another option is origami paper. It's the perfect weight, and it also comes in pre cut squares with many colors and patterns to choose from do you like to repurpose papers? If so, maybe you'd like to try using something a little bit different. What about some old sheet music, some paper bags from shopping trips or even some old maps that you're not using anymore? So once you have your 16 squares cut for the resize that you want to make, join me in the next video, where I'll show you how to fold the modules. 4. Folding the modules: Okay, Now that I have all 16 of my squares cuts, I'm ready to start folding and make each of the modules. So I'm gonna put the rest of these aside, and I will start with one of the blue sheets. So you want to start with your printed side facing down, and then you're going to take your bottom edge and bring it up to the top edge so that you're folding it in half and make a nice crease, open that fold, and then you can turn it and do the same thing, bringing that bottom up to the top to fold it in half. Nice crease again and open that and then you're going to be bringing each of the four corners into meat. That middle very center, part hair. So the 1st 1 and that point meets the center and make a crease here on that edge. Next point in to meet the middle crease the 3rd 1 into the center point, Greece again, And then the last one, an increase. So then I like to just take all for these, turn it in, and then flip it over so that I can give one last firm crease on each of the edges. It just makes a little bit easier for all the other told that you have to dio. Okay, Then you could turn it back over, and then you're gonna be taking this edge here and bringing it into the center. And while you're doing that, you want to make a nice sharp point over here on the right. So guide that center line there and then make a nice sharp point, and then you increase your edge here, you can do the same thing over here. You gonna bring this down into the center, just turn it around a little easier to see and again, You want to make that nice sharp point there at the end and bringing that into the middle and give decrease. So again, turn it over and do another crease on that. So the next step is you're gonna take this triangle part here, and you're gonna fold it to the back. So I like to turn it over, and then he can line make your fold right on that line, making sure that your point here meets that fold in the middle. I mean, you could make a nice crease. And in the last step for this module is to just fold it in half, increase all your edges fingers and there you have your first completed module. So take a green sheet this time, do one more. So again, start with the printed side facing down. Fold it in half, bottom to top. Crease it for half the other way. Greece bring each of the four tips into the into the middle. 3rd 1 last one turned it over so I can make a nice for increase on each edge. Turn it back over. Now you're going to bring this edge here into the middle, keeping that nice sharp point over here on the right. Who's that? And turn it on. Do the same thing on this side point and bring that in. We're going to bring this to the backs, are turned over and making a fold here and lining up that point with your middle fold line Greece gold bed in half. And there you have your second module all finished. Go ahead and do one more. Use the stripe sheet years starting with printed side down Dave in half, half the other way bring each of the four tips into the to the middle point Greece, and then I'm just holding it in half. And there you have your third completed module. So go ahead and continue doing the same exact fold for all 16 of these squares and then meet me back in the next video and I'll show you how to put them all together and make you read. 5. Assemble the wreath: So here's my pile of 16 finished modules. And if you did the same thing, then you just finished 160 folds to get to this point. So what I like to do is, um will decide which order I want to put these in. So I'll just take one of each of the designs. And I think I'm going to do green the circles, the blue and then the stripes, and you see how I have them all going in the same direction. So that will be a little bit user for putting them together. So then I'll start by just taking this 1st 1 and you can see how there's two pockets here. There's a back pocket in the front pocket. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take the tips of the second module and insert them in the pockets and then push it in so that you have it connected like that. And then again for the next one, you've got the two pockets here, front and back, and then you're gonna take your tips front and back tips and insert them. Put that together. And in the last of my colors, I'm gonna take again. I've got the two pockets. Insert the tips into those pockets. So now I'll go ahead and I'll finish inserting all the rest of these modules. Then when I get to the end here, I'm just going to insert the very first module into the pockets of the last one. And then I have my completed wreath so you can see after I finish connecting all of the pieces. It's not exactly a perfectly round here. It's a little bit wonky in the middle, so to fix that, you can just kind of manipulate the piece is a little bit and squeeze thumb and just kind of a just, um, until you get something that looks like it's nice and circular in the middle. When you're handling the wreath, the pieces do tend to slide apart sometimes. So what I like to do is just take a little bit of glue. I just squeeze some here out on a piece of paper and either take a brush or a toothpick, and then what you're gonna want to do is just have a little bit of the glue in between each of the modules and then just go ahead and finish adding glue all the way around, and then just do a final adjustment. Make sure the pieces are where you want them, and then you can go ahead and put a piece plastic on this and then weighted down with a book and let it dry. If you're gonna hang your wreath, you'll want to cut a length of ribbon or maybe some courting and attach it. And what I chose is this sheer white ribbon and I put a bow with the top, and now it is ready for me to hang on my front door. 6. Display ideas: hanging. Your refund of Waller Door isn't the only way you can decorate with your reef. Here are a few other ideas you might like to try. They look great as a table centerpiece at a candle like I did on these two or maybe Ebola seashells. I have this one sitting on a shelf along with an old window frame in my plant room. I really like how this smaller reef looks mixed in with some plants on this shelf. Small Aries could be used as table name markers at a party, and you could let everyone take There's homos a gift If you come up with some other fun ways to use your wreath, I hope you'll share those ideas. I'd love to see what you come up with. 7. Thank You!: Thank you so much for joining me for this or gummy read class. I hope you had a lot of fun choosing your papers and folding them to make your reef. I'm looking forward to seeing what colors you used. What holiday or occasion your decorating for and what you're finished really looks like. So don't forget to share a picture of your wreath in the class Projects gallery. You can find that right below this video by clicking on the projects. And resource is, if you're on instagram, you can share your project there, too. And be sure to tag me a Kathy Johnson art click on the follow button in my profile. If you'd like to be notified when new classes are coming out. Thanks again for joining me by.