Origami Garland from Holiday Catalogs — DIY Ornament #11

Recycled Holiday Garlands Series

by Diana Durkes

She rocks creative recycling. So today our furniture and accessories makeover specialist–Contributor Diana Durkes–spins out the first project in her three-part series of DIY garlands, all made from recycled materials. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving.

DIY Recycled Origami Stars Garland on Christmas Tree

A generation ago, it might have been popcorn and cranberries, but this year I looked to nontraditional materials to handcraft some holiday cheer. I took three everyday items:

  • holiday catalogs from the mail,
  • aluminum soda cans and
  • plastic water and soda bottles

and gave them a second life to deck the halls. They make cheery garlands for the
tree or mantel, and two of these projects are weatherproof and can be used as
outdoor decorations.

No need to be a master crafter to create these, so let’s get started, with Holiday Catalog Origami Garland:

Recycled Origami Stars Materials

Materials and Tools:

  • A standard 8 x 10″ catalog
  • Yarn or string
  • Scissors
  • A large craft needle

For this garland, you’ll make one origami star from one page of the catalog, then string them together.

Making Recycled Origami Paper

1. Since most origami patterns start with a square piece of paper, trim the catalog page to make an 8″ square. Then fold the square in half and cut into two pieces.

2. Papercrafty.com has published excellent directions to make each star, so follow the folding steps you’ll find on Papercrafty here. If you need more detailed help, do a Google search for Ninja Star Origamiand you’ll find some visual how-to’s on YouTube.

Stringing the Recycled Origami Stars Garland

3. I’ve found it takes about a minute to fold each star, and when you have made a dozen or so, you can start to string them into a garland. Thread the craft needle with yarn or string, then run it through the center fold of each star.

Recycled Origami Stars Garland

4. Ready for decorating, these origami stars make great individual ornaments, too!

Thanks for joining us for Day #11 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments.

Gather up those soda cans. Next time we’ll morph them into something pretty….

Diana Durkes

Diana Durkes is a creative recycler and a confessed alley shopper. She gives a makeover to one found item each week, and publishes the before & after on her blog, Fine Diving.

She also writes the Tossed and Found column for Time Out Chicago and pens the blog Garage Sale Warrior for the Chicago Trib’s Chicago Now.





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4 Comments for “Origami Garland from Holiday Catalogs — DIY Ornament #11”

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This is another great one. and right about now we are all drowning in catalogs!

Thanks Nancy – A fun way to put those to use. Enjoy your holidays!


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