My Very Educated Mother: NUO Challenge #20 Origami Dresses

Friday, November 25, 2011

NUO Challenge #20 Origami Dresses

I received an origami dress ornament a couple of years ago as part of an ornament swap and it is simply one of my favorite.  While I can’t make the fancy hanger it came on, I can recreate the dress with vintage book pages to add a little feminine whimsy to our tree!

Before I go into the supplies and directions I want to point out that: 1. I did not do this with my kids BUT I did make one with a friend’s tween-aged daughter and she didn’t have any trouble with the folding.  2.  Um, once again this isn’t what I planned on making today.  If you’ll scroll down just a tad you’ll see why I had to find a replacement ornament.  My paper porcupine ball were utter failures.  Oh, well, on to the paper dresses!
  • paper, cut into 5x5 squares works best for me
  • needle and thread
  • scissors
  • ribbons and other embellishments
First go to youtube and watch this tutorial on making an origami paper dress.  This isn’t really complicated origami and once you get it down you’ll be making dresses in your sleep. (When the tutorial starts you’ll wonder why there are animated children talking about being bored…it’s all good, keep watching.)
   To embellish the dresses I simply add a bit of ribbon around the waist with a hot glue gun.  But the possibilities are endless.  Knowing me I’m surprised mine aren’t covered in glitter glue…hmmm.
Once your dresses are ready to hang simply run some thread though the fold of the sleeves in the back, shown below, and get that dress on the tree!
As you can see from the photos, by skipping one step in the origami I was able to get two different styled dresses.  You can also fold the sleeves back-ish for a tank top look.

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Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

I like this one a lot! So sweet!!

OksanaB said...

Cute ornament! Thank you for sharing. I am making 10 Xmas necklaces this holiday season. Take a look if you have a minute. Looking forward to see more of your ornaments.

Jennifer @Miss Maggie's Place said...

I love this. It would be something fun for my tween girl scout troop to make.

Cindy said...

Cute! I like the look with the vintage book pages you used. I might have to make some origami ornaments for our tree this year.

Marilyn said...

THIS IS lovely.. Very pretty and great tutorial.I have a little girl that would LOVE to see this touch to our tree : )) . I would LOVE if you could please share this via my Special Christmas Soiree party pweeease.. (TY so much).. Wishing you an amazing start to your week.. : ))

Feral Turtle said...

Oh this is soooooo cute. I make origami shirts from money. It makes giving cash much more fun, or I leave a "shirt" tip for exceptional service from a great waitress or waiter. This usually brings big smiles to their faces.

simona said...

They look so cute! I could imagine them on cards or gift tags as well.

folkhaven said...

These are precious! I have a book page ornament made for my nephew but needed an idea for my nieces. This will work so nicely. Thank you!

Emma said...

There's more origami dresses and things on

Love the "normal" paper

Christie said...

How fun! This is such a cute idea!

Rosie said...

What an original idea!

Would be brilliant if you could share this at my Christmas Link up - happening now at:

Would be great to see you there!

Rosie x

Helen and her Daughters said...

I just love these. I bought some vintage song books this past weekend and can't wait to try to make a few of these sweet dresses.

OAK House 5. said...

Oh my! How I adore these! I have three little girls who would be gaga over these little dresses. I'm definitely going to give these a try. Thanks for inspiring!

Cecilia said...

I am not sure when last I saw something so cute as these little dresses!
Thanks for sharing

Cinthya said...

These are so cute. Love them. Please link up to my linky party:

Jamie said...

Those are so adorable. This gave me a great idea for some everyday decor for my daughters room. Love it!! I love your blog. I'm your newest follower.
Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.

P.S. More the Merrier Monday ends tonight. Stop by and link up if you have not already.

Karyn said...

So cute! I would live for you to link this up to my linky going on now!

Laurel said...

these are adorable :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Stuff and Nonsense said...

this is such an adorable idea
for making a sweet Christmas ornament
and one that my daughter would so enjoy making

thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


Amanda said...

Cute!! Love it.

Tricia said...

Love these!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Miss Molly Compton said...

cute dresses, I'm sure they would be beautiful if used in wedding stationary. thanks for the inspiration :)

Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life said...

These are very cute, and it seems like it would be easy for kids to do. Thanks for sharing!

jude said...

This very beautiful dress.After 20 years using wedding dress model in this dress.

Unknown said...

Really like these, I think I will make some. May choose some more 'christmassy' texts though. Or not, it is pretty funny reading your examples!

Akua Lezli Hope said...

Thanks so much! This was a great inspiration! I've now made a bunch which are awaiting ribbon and hangars. I'll use some 32 ga copper. BTW, you don't have to make/use a square - I used rectangular book pages so this could be used for dollar bill folding, too. I also played with wrapping paper scraps.
Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the fantastic idea! I've now made one for each of my book club friends:) And I made little hangers by bending flexible ornament hooks & attaching with hot glue! Sweet!