An Origami Tree to Celebrate All Mothers

A tree is symbolic of the maternal attributes of protection, nurturing energies, stability, shelter and security. An origami tree is a lovely handmade gift that can express our thanks to all our mothers. It’s also perfect to celebrate the blessings of nature and Mother Earth.

In addition to this origami tree, there are many other origami models we can make with our own hands to give mom on her special day.

This origami tree is a design by origami artist Nguyễn Hùng Cường (Vietnam). His exquisite origami work can be viewed on his Flickr page. Thanks to this talented artist for giving permission to present his model in this step-by-step video.

Mother’s Day is usually celebrated in countries of the northern hemisphere in the spring (April – May). In the United States, for example, mother’s day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

Around the world mother’s day is celebrated on different dates throughout the year depending on religious traditions or historical significance. In Kenya, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in June. In Argentina Mother’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of October. In Russia Mother’s Day falls on the last Sunday of November. And In Indonesia, it is on December 22nd. When do you celebrate Mother’s Day in your country?

Tips and suggestions for making the origami tree

  • In the video the tree is demonstrated using thin kami paper, known in the U.S. as “origami paper”.
  • Any other paper –such as gift-wrapping paper or printed paper from old magazines, is suitable.
  • For a striking effect, the colors of each side should be different.
  • A good size for paper to begin with is 6×6 inches (15×15 cm). Then try using a smaller piece for a smaller origami tree.
  • Make smaller trees with 3×3 inch paper and use them to make decorative magnets as shown in the video.
  • Look for papers that are dark on one side and the colors of foliage on the other.
  • If the papers you find have the appropriate color on only one side, then color the opposite side yourself.
  • If you can find the right colors you can make four origami trees, each representing the season of the year, spring, summer, fall, and winter.
  • Pink paper will represent a tree in spring’s blossom. Green paper will make a tree with a summertime feel. Orange paper will suggest fall foliage. White paper could represents a tree loaded with snow.

Diagrams for this origami tree are found in 2011 Korea-Vietnam / Origami Interchange book


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17 thoughts on “An Origami Tree to Celebrate All Mothers”

  1. Hi leyla aunty! I’m Imesh. I’m a 14 years old boy. I love your origami instructions. Also I like your cat Coco. Please upload a video about origami Christmas decorations for this Christmas. In this Christmas, I think you will upload many videos. THANK YOU!
    Imesh Nuwantha
    From Sri Lanka

  2. Leyla, as always the models you choose and the way you present them are beautiful! Thank you for sharing! I will be “planting” lots of origami trees in the near future!

  3. Leyla I have a suggestion, I think an origami panda would be awsome. Just a suggestion, my sister loves pandas. Thank you.

  4. Aqui no Brasil comemoramos segundo domingo de maio.Parabens a todas as Maes do
    mundo aquele abraço…

  5. thank you very much
    je vais essayer de mettre ce pliage en place avec mes petits élèves pour notre projet “arbre”
    bonne journée

  6. Hello Layla,

    Thank you for the Tree-video.
    I liked it the 1st time I saw it….alas I do not use social media.
    Here in the Netherlands we celebrate Mothersday on the 2nd sunday of May


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