Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Eighteen and an Origami Ornament

You can make one of these paper ornaments from a square of paper, a length of cotton cord, and some wooden beads from a dollar store. (The ornament on the left is sometimes referred to as a “German Bell”.)

I made mine out of heavy scrap-booking paper (120gsm/80#) cut into 15.25 cm/6 in squares.  For paper that is 90gsm/24# or less, work with squares 10 cm/4 in on a side, or even smaller.

If your paper is patterned or coloured on only one side, start with the patterned/coloured side up. Fold in half vertically, open flat, fold in half horizontally, and then open flat again. (Yes, the folds are hard to see on the marbled paper!)

Turn your paper over. (Now you can see the folds.)

Rotate your square 45º and fold vertically.

Open flat, fold in half horizontally, and open flat.

Fold the lower edges of the diamond shape up and in to meet at the centre vertical fold.

Open flat, rotate and fold each of the other three corners the same way.

With your paper in diamond orientation, push the middle of all four sides up and in.

Push the points up to meet at the top. If you are working with a heavy paper you may need to push the bottom down while doing this.

Finish shaping the bottom after you have made the points meet at the top. The folds running from corner to corner should be mountain folds, while the ones running from side to side should be valley folds.

Prepare your cord —I used a 45 cm/18 in length— by threading one bead onto it.

Thread both ends through a second bead, then through the centre of the bottom of the ornament. Add a third bead, then knot the end.

I found it easiest to glue the points together in opposing pairs.

When gluing the second pairs of points, it helps to slide the third bead out of the way. Make sure your double cord is centred between the tips of all the points.

Slide the third bead into position and, voila!


You can also make the ornament with the pointy end at the bottom.

Add the third bead after everything is glued together.

If you would like to make a German Bell, but hate gluing and/or don’t have any wooden beads, you can sew it together. Stitch the points together in pairs, making a  figure 8.

Pull the ends out through the sides and gently tighten the thread to pull the tips together. (Make sure that each end goes out the side opposite the last hole it was sewn through.)

Tie an overhand knot at the tips and a second one near the end of the doubled cord.

And again, voila!

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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1 Response to Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Eighteen and an Origami Ornament

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