Today we are kicking off the No Ugly Ornament Series, literally, with this cute origami elf boot made by yours truly.
I love origami because it can be turned into cheap yet stylish ornaments you can personalize with your choice of paper and embellishments. It is easy enough for the kids to try but also gives grown-ups the opportunity to turn paper into truly beautiful pieces of art. I like to keep things simple, but there are no boundaries to the bling and shine you can use on your own creations.
After many failed attempts to upload a video I’d made on how to fold your own elf boot I decided to share this link with you instead, Origami Make. It includes very simple, step-by-step instructions along with patterns for hundreds of other items you can turn into your own origami ornaments.
- This project doesn’t use the standard square sheet of paper most often needed in origami. So instead I recommend cutting a 12”x 12” scrapbooking paper in half. This way you can make a pair of matching ornaments.
- I used a double-sided scrapbooking paper that was heavy like cardstock. It made folding hard but not impossible. If you chose to use a paper like this you just have to work the paper a little more and a bone folder is a must.
- To embellish my boots I added ribbon and a bell by simply hot gluing them on.
This is the first ornament of the No Ugly Ornament Series (#NUO2012), I hope that you’ll follow along as crafty bloggers visit and share their favorite ornament tutorials during the entire month of November. Click on the button in the right sidebar, or here, and it will take you to the #NUO2012 page where there’ll be a list of each ornament as it’s posted and you can snag a nifty button of your own. Of if you’d like, follow My Very Educated Mother via one or all of these social media platforms, so you can be sure not to miss a thing!
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