Origami Easter Cross Instructions
This origami Easter Cross is a traditional model. You can also use palm leaves to make the cross; this tradition being common during Palm Sunday.
You will need a long strip of paper that is of ratio 1:30. This means that if you use a strip of paper that is 1 cm wide, then it needs to be 30 cm long in order for it to be long enough to weave into a cross.
If you use paper that is a different color on the front and back, then you will get a central square that is a different color compared to the arms of the cross. For a cross that is the same color all around, use paper that is the same color on the front and back.
- Take a long strip of paper and make a 45 degree fold so the top third of the paper points towards the left.
- Take this end of the paper and fold it behind (mountain fold) and towards the right.
- Fold the paper back towards the left. Make sure the folds are straight so you don’t cinch the center portion of the cross.
- Loop the end of the paper towards the right and then back towards the center of the cross.
- Adjust the loop so the left and right side are even. Press down to flatten the paper. This makes the left and right arms of the cross.
- Fold down the arms of the cross. A white, central square should be visible.
- Take the bottom end of the paper strip and weave it through the center of the cross.
- Pull through completely. Once this is done, the model is quite stable and will not unravel.
- Bring the end of the paper back towards the center of the cross and weave it through again.
- Pull through but leave enough paper so it makes the top part of the cross. This part should be slightly longer that the right and left arms of the cross.
- Bring the paper back up BEHIND the model and weave the end through the center part of the cross. If necessary, cut off excess paper.
- Pull through as much as necessary to make a nicely proportioned cross.
You can leave the arms of the cross slightly rounded, or press them down flat. Done!