NUO Challenge #20 Origami Dresses

Origami Christmas Dress Ornaments

I received an origami dress ornament a couple of years ago as part of an ornament swap, and it is simply one of my favorites.  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 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 animated children are talking about being bored…it’s all good; keep watching.)
I simply add a bit of ribbon around the waist with a hot glue gun to embellish the dresses.  But the possibilities are endless.  Knowing me, I’m surprised mine isn’t covered in glitter glue…hmmm.
Once your dresses are ready to hang, simply run some thread through 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 origami, I was able to get two different styled dresses.  You can also fold the sleeves back-ish for a tank top look.



  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.. : ))

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. There's more origami dresses and things on

    Love the "normal" paper

  9. How fun! This is such a cute idea!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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

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

  15. 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.

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

  17. these are adorable :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  18. 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!


  19. Love these!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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

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

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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!


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