For years I sent handmade holiday cards to friends and family. It was a way of giving something personal that showed I cared. In recent years, while I still manage to send cards, when many opt for online greetings, I haven’t been as successful with keeping up the handmade tradition.
So this year, even just for this post, I revisited the ritual of handmade cards for day 16 of 25 days of crafts. At work we recently had a morale event where the team made large origami wreaths. Inspired by this activity, Krafty Kath and I decided to scale it down to fit a greeting card. As a bonus, the wreath can be used as an ornament.
DIY origami wreath greeting card + ornament
It takes about one hour from start to finish to complete a single card.
- 8 3″ x 1.5″ pieces of decorative paper
- Blank card and envelope (we used 5.5″ square cards like these)
- Glitter tape (like this one)
- Alphabet punch (like this one)
- Hole punch
- Eyelet setting tool
- Bone folder
To make the wreath, you will fold 8 pieces of decorative paper to make each point of the wreath.
Start by folding a piece length-wise, creating a crisp edge with the bone folder.
With the creased side away to you, fold each corner toward the crease to make a trapezoid.
Fold in half, width-wise.
Take two of the 8 pieces, which you will use to create the first chain in the wreath.
Face both pieces so that the tip of the pointed side is facing top left. Hold one piece in each hand. With the right piece, insert it into the short side of the left piece. There are two pockets, one for each point. Angle it down toward the point of the left piece. It will tuck in and feel connected.
Here is what each fold will look like for steps 1 to 4.
Repeat step 4 for all 8 pieces of the wreath until all the pieces connect to form the wreath.
Punch a hole into the top of your wreath. Next attach the eyelet using your setter and hammer.
To fasten the wreath to the card with ribbon, we need to make two small holes. Measure approximately 1.5″ from the top and half the width. Make a small mark to use as a guide to punch holes on either side.
Thread the ribbon through each hole and then through the wreath.
Tie a small bow and trim off any excess ribbon.
Next we will make the glitter word, joy. Unwind a small length of the glitter tape and insert it into the alphabet punch. Turn the punch upside down so you can see where to align the tape. The glitter side should be facing up (so if you are looking at the bottom of the punch, you would not see it). Punch out each letter.
Remove the tape backing and apply each letter to the card. Align the word joy so it is centered with the wreath.
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