Make an Origami Cross –Version 1

When I first saw this origami cross I fell in love with it. In another post I’ve featured a cross for Easter made with a long palm frond. The cross presented here is made with a square piece of paper.  Matthew Green (USA-Mexico) is the talented designer of this origami cross.

This origami cross model can be made for holidays like Easter, the “Day of the Holy Cross”, the “May Cross”, celebrated on May 3rd in many parts of Spain and Hispanic America.

In a future post I will present another of Matthew’s origami cross variations together with recollections my mother related to me of her memories of the May Cross celebration in Bogotá, when she was just a small girl.

The following step-by-step video shows how to make one of the versions of the cross. Thank you, Matthew, for giving your permission to present this model.

I encourage you to fold this cross, even if you don’t celebrate a Christian-related holiday. It could be a lovely gift to a friend who does celebrate these holidays and the folding process is delightful and satisfying.

Tips and suggestions for making the origami cross

  • Thin, crisp paper is ideal to use for this origami cross. In the video the cross is demonstrated using thin kami paper, known in the U.S. as “origami paper”.
  • Other papers –gift-wrapping or office are also suitable.
  • Use a piece of paper at least 6×6 inches (15x15cm.) when first learning the model.
  • Only one side of the paper shows in the front. It is not necessary to have paper of different color on each side.
  • Practice making the cross a few times with flat-colored paper.
  • This origami cross can be a beautiful ornament on a wedding or as a first-communion gift.

These are the two versions of Matthew Green‘ crosses published in Origami Spirit.
Click here to make the origami cross on the right


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21 thoughts on “Make an Origami Cross –Version 1”

  1. Hi Leyla,
    I absolutely love this cross origami. I was wondering if you have an instructional step by step on print out.

    God Bless,

  2. As we have had virtual Easter services this year I made numerous notecards for friends using your cross pattern. The crosses are fun to make and much appreciated by those who received them. Thank you for the easy to follow instructions.

  3. What a wonderful tutorial, Leyla! I will need to watch it again to make another cross for a gift; the first was for practice. Thank you for all you do!

  4. Your idea of using patterned paper inspired me to design a Gothic pattern for this model. The printable paper will be included with the diagrams, which I have already submitted for sale from The Source on the OrigamiUSA website (a $2 download).

  5. I’m glad you and your viewers enjoy this model! Your beautiful paper really makes it look fantastic too. Your tutorials are a gift to the origami world.

  6. Wow, Leyla, you tutorial is absolutely amazing, it is so easy to follow, I follow right at the beginning, and only need to click the video to pause for the repeated folds on the centre, it is easy to follow and precise to finish. Thanks again and for the design pattern for paper. Thanks again.

  7. Dear Leyla … this is an absolutely wonderful model you have chosen to share with us. As always, so well taught and the mandala is a most generous touch! I studied it for a long time and can well appreciate the hours of work you have spent. It is exquisite! Thank you to Matthew Green for his creation and to you, Leyla, for an outstanding tutorial and gift.


  8. so inspiring and would love to make this in a bigger version for my apartment.
    So beautiful a cross, and appropriate for Easter. Thank you n God bless


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