Traditional Origami Tree
This traditional origami tree is a favorite among children and adults alike. It is easy to make and looks great every time. It works best if you have paper that is different color on the front and back side. For example, standard origami paper or double sided origami paper will work well. If you use paper that is the same color back and front, then the top of the tree and the trunk of the tree will be the same color.
The resulting model is flat and can be used as a gift tag, an ornament, or as a decoration on a greeting card.
Traditional Origami Tree Diagram
Start with a square sheet of paper with white-side facing up.
Rotate the paper so it is “diamond” orientation.
Fold paper in half. Unfold.
- Fold in the paper so the top-left and top-right edges of the paper meet the central crease.
- Turn over.
- Fold in the paper so the bottom-left and bottom-right edges of the paper meet the central crease.
- Turn over.
- Fold the model in half (bottom to top).
- Fold the top flap back down: make the crease so only the white part of the paper is showing when you look at the back side of the model (join blue dots). Turn the model over to check on the color of the paper before you make a firm crease.
- Fold up the bottom point of the model (join red dots).
- Turn over and you’re done!