HOW TO MAKE… AN ORIGAMI WALL HANG­ING

Mollie Makes - - Mollie Makes - Sarah Louise Matthews Sarah Louise Matthews is a de­signer and pa­per engi­neer who has just moved to Not­ting­ham. She makes play­ful art­work and is ob­sessed with sta­tionery and tac­tile sur­faces. www.sarahlouise­matthews.com

MA­TE­RI­ALS

A3 dou­ble-sided coloured pa­per in blush pink, pat­terned blush pink, black, pat­terned black and white White thread Sewing nee­dle Twine Clear se­quins 23 wooden beads, 1.5cm ( 5 /8") Eight wooden beads, 0.5cm (¼") Crimp beads Branch, cut to 30-40cm (117/ 8- 13¾") Craft knife Cut­ting mat Em­boss­ing tool Pair­ing strik­ing mono­chrome shades with the soft­est blush pink, this starry pa­per hang­ing hits all the right Nordic notes. The tree branch and wooden beads keep things feel­ing nat­u­ral, while its stars and snowflakes cre­ate clean lines and con­trast­ing tex­ture.

Once you’ve learnt how to cut and fold this trio, cre­ate longer lengths to dec­o­rate your Christ­mas tree, or use in­di­vid­ual shapes to add a flour­ish to your gifts. You’ll find all the templates on page 96 of your main mag­a­zine.

01 To make a blush pink origami star, start by cut­ting four 1.5 x 42cm ( 5 / x 14 ") strips of pa­per. 8 Fold each strip in half along the length, then cut the two ends into a point, as shown.

02 Place a folded strip on a flat sur­face, po­si­tion­ing the fold at the top and the pointed end at the bot­tom. Slide a sec­ond folded strip hor­i­zon­tally over the cen­tre of the first, with the fold at the right-hand side, and sand­wich­ing it around the first folded strip.

03 Slide a third folded strip ver­ti­cally over the cen­tre of the sec­ond strip, po­si­tion­ing the fold at the bot­tom, and sand­wich­ing it around the sec­ond folded strip.

04 Slide the fourth folded strip hor­i­zon­tally over the third strip, po­si­tion­ing the fold at the left, then thread the pointed ends in be­tween the lay­ers of the first strip.

05 Pull the strips so they all lock to­gether in the cen­tre without any gaps. Fold the up­per layer of the top strip down.

06 Fold the up­per layer of the left strip to the right, then fold the up­per layer of the bot­tom strip up.

07 Fold the up­per layer of the right strip to the left, over one strip, then thread the pointed end of the strip through the loop. Pull the strip tightly to lock it in place.

08 Take the top right strip and fold it back­wards and to the right, so the strip is at a 90° an­gle to its pre­vi­ous po­si­tion, with a 45° fold.

09 Take the pointed end of the strip folded in Step 8 and loop it up, as shown, be­fore thread­ing it down through the loop be­low the fold.

10 Pull the strip all the way through, work­ing the top into a neat point be­fore flat­ten­ing with your fin­ger. Trim off the ex­cess, as close to where it ex­its the loop as you can.

11 Turn the piece 90° to the right and re­peat Steps 8-10.

12 Turn the piece 90° to the right again, re­peat Steps 8-10, then turn the piece 90° to the right and re­peat Steps 8-10 once more.

13 Turn the piece over. Re­peat Steps 8-9, pulling the strip all the way through and work­ing the top into a neat point be­fore flat­ten­ing. This time, in­stead of trim­ming the ex­cess, fold it up­wards at 90°, so it points ver­ti­cally away from it.

14 Turn the whole piece 90° to the right and re­peat Step 13.

15 Turn the piece 90° to the right and re­peat Step 13, then turn the piece 90° to the right and re­peat Step 13 once more.

16 Take the up­ward-point­ing strip on the right and bring it to­wards you and to the right, creat­ing a neat 45° fold at the base, as shown.

17 Take the pointed end of the strip folded in Step 16 and loop it back on it­self, then thread it through the top left loop of the star, as shown.

18 Pull the strip all the way through the loop so it makes a 3D tri­an­gle on the top of the star. Trim off the ex­cess, cut­ting it as close to the edge of the shape as pos­si­ble.

19 Turn the piece 90° to the right and re­peat Steps 16-18.

20 Turn the piece 90° to the right and re­peat Steps 16-18 again, then turn the piece 90° to the right and re­peat Steps 16-18 once more. Re­peat Steps 1-19 us­ing the other coloured and pat­terned pa­pers to make eight origami stars in to­tal.

21 To make the creased star, use the tem­plate on page 96 of the main mag­a­zine to cut a star from white pa­per. Use a ruler and the em­boss­ing tool to score along the moun­tain and val­ley fold lines.

22 Push each moun­tain fold into a peak, us­ing one hand to push from the back and the other to gen­tly squeeze the sides. Push each val­ley fold into a trough, squeez­ing the two moun­tain folds on ei­ther side to­gether, en­cour­ag­ing the scored line to fold down. Re­peat with the blush pink and black pa­pers to make seven stars in to­tal.

23 Us­ing the tem­plate on page 96 of the main mag­a­zine and a craft knife, cut seven snowflakes from the white pa­per.

24 To as­sem­ble the wall hang­ing, use a pin to make a hole in the top and bot­tom of each shape. Cut five 60cm (23 5 /8") lengths of thread.

25 Thread a nee­dle with the first length of thread, then thread on a shape, fol­lowed by a crimp bead.

26 Us­ing the main im­age as a guide to colours and or­der, con­tinue thread­ing on pa­per shapes fol­lowed by crimp beads, and wooden beads fol­lowed by se­quins, then crimp beads.

27 Once the first thread is filled, space out the shapes and beads along the length. Start­ing at the bot­tom, use the pli­ers to squeeze the crimp beads closed. Re­peat to dec­o­rate the other four threads.

28 Tie each dec­o­rated thread onto the branch, spac­ing them out evenly. Cut a 70cm (275/ 8") length of twine and tie around ei­ther end of the branch for hang­ing.

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