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Origami Adds a Festive Holiday Sparkle to a Staircase

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The winter solstice is almost here, and the rebirth of the light is what I celebrate deep in my heart. Soon the sun will remain above the horizon a little longer each day in the northern hemisphere. The light returns slowly. I gladly receive it!

To welcome the light I decorate my home with a collection of paper ornaments I’ve made or received as presents over time. Origami stars, modular rings and wreaths add a festive holiday sparkle to my staircase.

In addition to these origami Christmas decorations I also place votive candles on each stair step inside glass containers which are in turn wrapped in folded paper. These little lamps are a joyful accent.

Nine links for instructions on how to fold origami Christmas decorations

1. Eifel Star (Werner-Guth’s) 2. Snowflake (Walker) 3. Modular star (Katz)
4. Bethlehem Star (Hayward) 5. Snowflake (Needle) 6.  Kusudama ( Torres)
7. Modular star (Miller) 8. Star (traditional) 9.  Flower (Torres)

How do you use paper ornaments to decorate your home? Share with us your ideas.

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  • Linda December 2, 2011, 3:32 pm

    Wonderful examples as always.. Not sure but what type of paper would you recommend for folding the 16 pointed modular star with. Seems like you’ve use a mono print kami.

    • Leyla Torres December 14, 2011, 4:28 pm

      Hi Linda, I think I used duo color kami to fold the star. I gave it away!

  • yvonne January 19, 2011, 9:53 pm

    I hated to see it go and look forward to next year. what a bright spot in the house.

  • Matthew Hayward December 19, 2010, 10:49 pm

    Looks wonderful. If I tried it at home though, our kitten Mitzti would be swinging from them!
    Thanks for featuring my star in your collection.

    • Leyla Torres December 20, 2010, 12:58 am

      If I had a cat… my studio, my house, every origami model would be his to destroy!
      But cats are so much fun!

  • luciacara December 19, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Thank you, Leyla! I will try thread :)

  • luciacara December 19, 2010, 12:19 pm

    Great ideas – thanks for posting. Your models all look great!

    What kind of string and other attachment did you use?

    • Leyla Torres December 19, 2010, 2:19 pm

      Hi Llucia
      For the most part I use a very thin nylon thread or a fancy thread that has some sparkle to it. I bought it in a cross-stitching store.

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