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Tissue-Star Christmas Ornament

Offering one tree ornament every year is a lovely way to tell a friend or relative that you value the continuity of your relationship. This year, try your hand at something new and challenging: a ball that reflects the complex beauty of origami.

Tissue-Star Christmas Ornament

Source: Martha Stewart

materials

  • Enough colored tissue paper to make 12 circles, each 3 1/2 inches wide

  • Pencil

  • Glue

  • One toothpick

  • Utility knife

  • Ribbon or string

  • 3-by-3-inch transparent boxes, nycake.com

  • Wrapping ribbon or holly (optional)

steps

  1. Print the tissue-star ornament template.

  2. Select 12 sheets of colored tissue paper to place under template.

  3. Cut outline of template and slits using a utility knife.

  4.  Remove template, leaving the top sheet of tissue.

  5. Lay pencil flat, with the point lined up with the middle of the outside of the wedge shape, shown here. Roll the pencil until wedge becomes a cone.

  6. With a toothpick, place a drop of glue on the inside of the tissue to seal the cone. Repeat preceding steps with each wedge for all 12 sheets, then stack all tissue stars facing down. Using a needle and either embroidery thread or thin ribbon, sew stars together at center as if sewing a two-hole button.

  7. With a toothpick, place a drop of glue on the inside of the tissue to seal the cone. Repeat preceding steps with each wedge for all 12 sheets, then stack all tissue stars facing down. Using a needle and either embroidery thread or thin ribbon, sew stars together at center as if sewing a two-hole button.

  8. Gently tighten string to make stars crumple up into a ball. Secure with a half knot, and then a double knot. Attach to a branch with hanging ribbon, or place in a box lined with tissue paper if offering as a gift.

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