Tea Bag Folding Christmas Tree Pattern

Updated on December 8, 2017
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Ms. Venegas has been using origami to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet.

Make this paper emblellishment
Make this paper emblellishment

Easy Origami Fold for Paper Christmas Trees

The holiday trees I have created with the tea bag folding technique starts with the origami water bomb. You can have Christmas trees made to display as hangers or on greeting cards following the steps below.

Materials and Supplies List

  • light-weight holiday motif paper for folding
  • decorative string for hangers
  • scissors
  • glue
  • craft needle for threading hanger

Step-By-Step Instruction Summary

  1. Choose and cut paper.
  2. Fold square tiles into origami water bombs.
  3. Squish and form kites on both sides.
  4. Trim folded tile.
  5. Glue and assemble pieces.
  6. Apply a tree stand.

This is a popular pattern of my own design. The first trees were added to ACEO and collector cards. After making about ten collector cards I decided to try a bigger version for note cards.

All over patterned paper makes a lovely tree. In the following instructions, the paper tiles are cut from 8 x 11 inch printer stationery.

In-Depth Step-By-Step Tea Bag Fold Christmas Tree

Step 1

Start with 12 square tiles 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches. The finished tree measures 3.5 inches high.

Step 2: Make the Origami Water Bomb

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Fold two ways diagonallyTurn over. Fold two ways horizontallySquish the two horizontal folds into centerFold all twelve squares into this collapsed triangle
Fold two ways diagonally
Fold two ways diagonally
Turn over. Fold two ways horizontally
Turn over. Fold two ways horizontally
Squish the two horizontal folds into center
Squish the two horizontal folds into center
Fold all twelve squares into this collapsed triangle
Fold all twelve squares into this collapsed triangle

Step 3

Take the right flap of the water bomb to the middle and squish. It should look like the tile above.

Turn it over and squish the right flap again. You will have a kite shape on each side.

Step 4

Cut the tip of the bottom kite off for a note card embellishment.
Cut the tip of the bottom kite off for a note card embellishment.

Fold all twelve squares in the same matter.

Please Note: Omit Step 4 and use the fold for two sided tree ornaments. See pictures for hanging trees further down the page.

Step 5

Assemble the Note Card Tree

Line up three tiles and glue together.

In all make 2 three tile rows and 2 two tile rows. Leave two singles.

Put small dab of glue in the top tips of each unit and slide into the next row just enough to hold them together. Your tree should look like the one below.

Completed Card Embellishment

Paper Fold Holiday Tree Stand

Christmas Tree Stand

Make a tri-fold column for a tree stand
Make a tri-fold column for a tree stand

Two Finished Cards

Note Cards
Note Cards

Make a Christmas Tree Ornament With the Same Pattern

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This design is two sided. Do not cut the tab off as I show in Step Four above.The star is the first few steps of the crane origami fold. Use puff balls or small buttons instead.I used a needle to thread the fish line for the hanger.
This design is two sided. Do not cut the tab off as I show in Step Four above.
This design is two sided. Do not cut the tab off as I show in Step Four above.
The star is the first few steps of the crane origami fold. Use puff balls or small buttons instead.
The star is the first few steps of the crane origami fold. Use puff balls or small buttons instead.
I used a needle to thread the fish line for the hanger.
I used a needle to thread the fish line for the hanger.
Bowl Full of Hanging Trees
Bowl Full of Hanging Trees

Holiday Gallery of Tea Bag Folding Christmas Trees

Open this link to see a photo gallery of Christmas trees for inspiration.

Put your tree embellishments on note cards.
Put your tree embellishments on note cards.

I hope these tea bag folding instructions were useful. Please come back to let me know if you made the Christmas tree.


Questions & Answers

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        ComfortsOfHome 

        4 years ago

        What a fun way this would be to recycle all those bits of pretty paper that are too small to do other things with - much better than simply chucking them, and you get the crafty fun activity as well.

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        Sherry Venegas 

        4 years ago from La Verne, CA

        @myrnacarr: Hi Myra, all the papers here are printed computer stationary. The snowflake is scrapbooking paper.

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        tonyleather 

        4 years ago

        Very attractive, but somehow a bit pointless, I fear, as I think this a complete waste of time and paper! Sorry!

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        Ruthi 

        4 years ago

        How beautiful! I am all thumbs when it comes to paper crafts so I really do appreciate you tea bag trees and snowflakes.

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        myrnacarr 

        4 years ago

        Yes I am but WHERE oh WHERE can I get the wonderful 'Poppy' paper?

        Myrna Carr (UK)

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        5 years ago from Canada

        Thank you for this absolutely delightful Christmas craft project. Tea bag folding is almost like origami and the step by step instructions of this holiday tree really make your pattern stand out from others. I hate when I visit a site and all I find is a link to a different article. You rock girl. Merry Christmas. (Wish I could bless this one twice.)

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        Sherry Venegas 

        8 years ago from La Verne, CA

        @anonymous: Leena,

        I really appreciate your use of my tea bag folding site. I am not done with the water bomb yet, so come back once in awhile. There just may be something new posted.

        Sherry

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        Sherry Venegas 

        8 years ago from La Verne, CA

        @anonymous: Mary,

        Thank you and enjoy tea bag folding. I hope these lessons are easy to follow!

        Sherry

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