Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 2: Origami Paper Ornament

Welcome to Week 2 of the incredible Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop!
Here's my creation this week--an origami paper ornament! I decided this cube would make a great hanging lantern ornament. So, I decorated it with some beautiful origami paper, gold trim, fan filigrees, a few beads and a sparkly thread tassle.

To make this ornament, I used the die cut provided by Sizzix: Twist Cube, 3D Pop-up, Bigz XL die #656739 by Karen Burniston. It was made using Die Cuts with a View cardstock. I put the cube together without the rubber band since I wanted a static (non-moving) cube. Before I closed it up, I made wire assemblies to hold the hanger at the top and the tassel at the bottom. I put a 6" length of 22 gauge black craft wire (Toner Crafts) through a large 2-hole button like this:

Then I wrapped the short tail around the longer tail and trimmed the excess wire.
Slide this assembly through the hole in the bottom of the box so that the button is on the inside. You won't see the button, so don't use a nice one. Add a large-holed bead over the wrap on the outside and another bead of your choice. I used a bicone that fits into the large hole. Then make a large wrapped loop. These beads are from The Beadery. This is the bottom of the box before the addition of the tassel. Before you close and seal the top, make another button and wire assembly for the top and slide it through the top hole.

To decorate the sides of the box, I cut a sheet of origami paper from Yasutomo into 4 equal squares. The sheet I used was not quite a 6" square so the square did not cover the sides. I glued trim (Wrights) around the paper to add sparkle and cover the edges. Then, I glued some fan filigrees (Cousin Corp.) to the top and tied on some strands of thread (Kreinik) with an overhand knot at the bottom. A loop of the same thread is added at the top loop for hanging.
Try this for you Christmas tree or as a decoration for Chinese New Year!
Happy crafting,


  1. Wow! Terry, this is really, really lovely! The ornate-ness (I'm making up words today) is so amazing. I love, love, love the hardware additions, too. Thank you for using my die and especially for showing off the versatility!

  2. I'm running out of adjectives to use ... a very elegant ornament idea!

  3. Very pretty oriental ornament!

  4. This is so classy! You did a wonderful job!

  5. What an elegant ornament just begging to be the center of attention. Mahalo for sharing an origami paper project.